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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 not 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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07 Jan 2009, 23:09
keeping parallelism:

"..temperatures are so cold.." ==> ice is so.. ==> B

Also, the phrase "little ice" sounds improper and thus A and C are eliminated. D, E are eliminated for not being parallel
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08 Jan 2009, 18:05
What s wrong with C ? Anyway , what does "it" refer to in B ?
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08 Jan 2009, 21:27
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 not 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: needs "so" to make parallel.
B: correct "is + so"
C: "is" is missing.
D: main verb "is" missing.
E: main verb "is" missing.

so B.
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10 Jan 2009, 14:33
OA is B
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10 Jan 2009, 14:38
richardLee wrote:
What s wrong with C ? Anyway , what does "it" refer to in B ?

"the ice cap so reflective"
is not correct
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10 Jan 2009, 16:46
B is most appropriate.

Would the level of this question be <500 or 500-600 or 600-700?
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 not 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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06 May 2009, 12:33
why in B, "were it not to do so" has to be in reverse order?
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16 Sep 2009, 13:55
I have a serious problem with B. "Were it not to do" what? Melt? Be white and reflective? What does "it" refer to? Antartica? The ice caps. Can someone vouch the source of this question?
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16 Nov 2009, 04:20
mendelay wrote:
I have a serious problem with B. "Were it not to do" what? Melt? Be white and reflective? What does "it" refer to? Antartica? The ice caps. Can someone vouch the source of this question?

"Were it not to do so" is actually introducing a hypothetical situation, which is apt in this situation.
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16 Nov 2009, 10:14
tusharvk wrote:
B is most appropriate.

Would the level of this question be <500 or 500-600 or 600-700?
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 not 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

My guess is 500-600. As long as you are familiar with the idiom "so X that" it is very straightforward.
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