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03 Oct 2010, 11:22
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Antarctica receives more solar radiation than does any other place on Earth, yet the
temperatures are so cold and the ice cap is reflective, so that little polar ice melts during
the summer; otherwise,
the water levels of the oceans would rise 250 feet and engulf
most of the world’s great cities.
A. is reflective, so that little polar ice melts during the summer; otherwise,
B. is so reflective that little of the polar ice melts during the summer; were it to do so,
C. so reflective that little polar ice melts during the summer, or else
D. reflective, so that little of the polar ice melts during the summer, or
E. reflects so that little of the polar ice melts during the summer; if it did
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03 Oct 2010, 12:13
I arrived at B with following reasoning.

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yet the temperatures are so cold and the ice cap is reflective

Here, the word "and" has to make two things parallel. Looking at the sentence, there is nothing parallel to the word cold. So, looking for more parallelism, we need parallel structure to "the temperatures are so cold". The only answer that contains this is B - "the ice cap is so reflective"

A - not parallel
B - correct
C - "the ice cap so reflective" is missing the verb "is".
D - the ice cap reflective is missing the verb "is". It also requires "so" for parallelism.
E - the ice cap reflects so that.. is good construction. However, it is not parallel to yet ... and ... and hence not correct.
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03 Oct 2010, 12:25
raghavs wrote:
Antarctica receives more solar radiation than does any other place on Earth, yet the
temperatures are so cold and the ice cap is reflective, so that little polar ice melts during
the summer; otherwise,
the water levels of the oceans would rise 250 feet and engulf
most of the world’s great cities.
A. is reflective, so that little polar ice melts during the summer; otherwise,
B. is so reflective that little of the polar ice melts during the summer; were it to do so,
C. so reflective that little polar ice melts during the summer, or else
D. reflective, so that little of the polar ice melts during the summer, or
E. reflects so that little of the polar ice melts during the summer; if it did

I will go with B, for reason mentioned below
parallelism; the temperatures are so cold and the the ice cap is so reflective
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03 Oct 2010, 14:05
yeah B
it seems parallelism is the core,GMATLY SPEAKING
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03 Oct 2010, 14:40
Isn't it correct that independent clause introduced by semicolon should stand on its own. If yes, what does "were it to do so," imply in the above sentence? It looks as if its dependent on previous clause. Any explanation please?
Looks very weird.
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04 Oct 2010, 02:21
the sentence after the semicolon doesn't stand on its own, and i cant find any other option that makes sense to me at least. Wired, but if i have to choose i go for B for parallelism.
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