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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
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

Last edited by amitjash on 02 Aug 2010, 23:35, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Isnt the OA more wordy?? Can some one explain?? [#permalink]

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02 Aug 2010, 08:28
amitjash 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

please underline the part to be corrected.
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Re: Isnt the OA more wordy?? Can some one explain?? [#permalink]

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02 Aug 2010, 10:27
B... pretty clear..
the semicolon correctly gives 2 independent clauses
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Re: Isnt the OA more wordy?? Can some one explain?? [#permalink]

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03 Aug 2010, 02:55
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

When you scan the option, you can be pretty sure that C, D and E are wrong, because the sentence itself needs a helper verb "is" (otherwise the first part just becomes a run on sentence). Now with remaining choices A & B, in choice A, IDIOM - SO....THAT is not properly used and also the sentence after the semicolon, OTHERWISE doesn't justify the previous subject.

Hence answer choice B. Hope this helps.
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10 Aug 2010, 12:44
Can someone elaborate on the phrase "were it to do so", the meaning and usage of it b/c it sounds real strange.
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10 Aug 2010, 12:59
It might looks wordier but here main role has the PARALLELISM

are so cold ------ is so reflective
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11 Aug 2010, 05:09
We can't simply remove an answer choice if it is wordy but grammatically correct and other choices grammatically wrong but short. These are called stylistic errors.

So, prefer correct grammatically form even though answer choice is wordy.
Here B is correct answer though it is wordy!
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