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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 worldâ€™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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13 Aug 2006, 10:16
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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 worldâ€™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

A. is reflective, so that little polar ice melts during the summer; otherwise, - CORRECT
B. is so reflective that little of the polar ice melts during the summer; were it to do so, - were it to do so looks wierd, also little of the polar ice looks wierd
C. so reflective that little polar ice melts during the summer, or else - not sure why but seems wrong...
D. reflective, so that little of the polar ice melts during the summer, or - little of thepolar ice seems wrong
E. reflects so that little of the polar ice melts during the summer; if it did - it does not have a proper reference
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13 Aug 2006, 11:59
jerrywu 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 worldâ€™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

||is drives me to B vs C.
"or else" in C is not very inviting. Not idiomatic.
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13 Aug 2006, 13:26
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jerrywu 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 worldâ€™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

||is drives me to B vs C.
"or else" in C is not very inviting. Not idiomatic.

Narrowing down to B and C, I'd select C. B is too wordy...
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13 Aug 2006, 22:23
I go with C too .. due to ||ism. "yet the temperatures are so cold and the ice cap is reflective" when SO COLD has been used, it makes sense to go for SO REFLECTIVE. Only one choice that does that. Hence C!
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13 Aug 2006, 22:27
Will go with B.

B and C are the only choice left for ||ism.

But "or else" in C spoils it.

The sentence is not clear with or else.
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14 Aug 2006, 03:00
...the temperatures are so cold and the ice cap is so reflective that.....

Seems like (B) is the most ll here.

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14 Aug 2006, 03:15
But i am still not sure about the were it to do so part in (B),what does the it refer to i think its (C)
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14 Aug 2006, 03:25
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But i am still not sure about the were it to do so part in (B),what does the it refer to i think its (C)

No confusion with "it" here because the semicolon separates the two clauses. "It" clearly refers to the "polar ice."

Additionally, "or else" in C is grammatically misused. "Or else" is an ultimatum:

---> He must exercise more, or else he will surely suffer from high blood pressure.

Hope this helps.
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14 Aug 2006, 03:30
Another vote for (B). Now it's the time for the right answer
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14 Aug 2006, 04:04
jaynayak wrote:
Will go with B.

B and C are the only choice left for ||ism.

But "or else" in C spoils it.

The sentence is not clear with or else.

Exactly the same line of reasoning and picking B.
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14 Aug 2006, 10:17
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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 worldâ€™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

As much as I don't like it B is my choice as well. C would have been the best were it not for the "or else" which seems incorrect. Also "little of the polar ice" seems better than "little polar ice" in C.
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14 Aug 2006, 11:12
Go for B.

C is not // : (...) temperatures ARE SO cold AND ice [is missing] SO reflective
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14 Aug 2006, 13:26
Only choices left are B and C.

I go for B.

"and" is functioning as a conjunction to join two independent clauses. C is missing the verb "is".
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14 Aug 2006, 14:24
B

2nd part... were it to do so... blahblah WOULD... this is a giveaway
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14 Aug 2006, 15:00
yet the temperatures are so cold and the ice cap is so reflective...

"is" is needed here, you may be tempted to omit it (ellipsis), but you can only do so if the word you are omitting is identical to the previous verb (are)

or else is unidiomatic here
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14 Aug 2006, 18:46
B. ACD are run-on so they are readily out. between B and E, E is awakward and incomplete. B remains.

jerrywu 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 worldâ€™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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14 Aug 2006, 20:53
Professor wrote:
B. ACD are run-on so they are readily out. between B and E, E is awakward and incomplete. B remains.

jerrywu 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 worldâ€™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

Hi Professor ,

Why C(...or else ..) is flawed by run-on error? I cannot spot it.

Can you elaborate ?

Thanks
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15 Aug 2006, 06:39
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Hi Professor ,

Why C(...or else ..) is flawed by run-on error? I cannot spot it.

Can you elaborate ?

Thanks

good point. there are three clauses.

1. "Antarctica receives more solar radiation than does any other place on Earth," is an independent clause

2. "yet the temperatures are so cold and the ice cap so reflective that little polar ice melts during the summer, or else" is a dependent clause.

3. "the water levels of the oceans would rise 250 feet and engulf most of the worldâ€™s great cities" is another independent clause.

the first two clauses are properly cnnected but the last clause is not. also the coma before "or else" is also not properly placed. so the sentence is run-on.

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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 so reflective that little polar ice melts during the summer, or else the water levels of the oceans would rise 250 feet and engulf most of the worldâ€™s great cities.
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15 Aug 2006, 07:04
"B" for me too.

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