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New post 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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I am equally confused by option B. semicolon (;) introduces independent clause that should stand on its own. How does "were it to do so" fit into the independent clause?

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While I agree with ||ism with so ..so....but could someone explain how does "were it to do so" fit into the independent clause?

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I think the 2nd part of the sentence is hypothetical so its in subjuntive mood structure.

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In B, Were it to do so is just a poetic way of expression. Otherwise it simply is the past subjunctive mood of the hypothetical and impossible phenomenon, which literally means - if it were to do so -. So B is passable.

But C has a problem of an independent clause starting with - or else - being conjugated by a simple comma.

The plausible choice must be B as others can not stand the llism test and are riddled with other errors too.
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Hello, everyone:

I'll take up the cause of "what does 'it' refer to in choice B" a little further. In B, not only does the pronoun "it" present a reference problem, but the phrase "were it to do so" also has no logical referent. Because we're already saying that "little polar ice melts", so "were it to do so" only confirms that, yes, it does melt...but we've already acknowledge that. Without a transition like "were MORE ice to melt", this phrase is illogical.

Interestingly, in Googling this question to see if I could find an official source for it, I've found an alternate version of choice B that begins:

were it NOT to do so

Even that seems dubious to me as that would also seem an illogical meaning (were little ice NOT to melt...), but the whole process makes me wonder a bit about the true wording of this question. B, as written, cannot be correct, but C doesn't look to be correct either (the "or else" is a bit of a run-on sentence). Does anyone have the original source on this one? Since there are a few versions of these answer choices out there, I wonder if the exact question is worded differently than we have it .
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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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underlined, changed ans to B

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"So" is needed here for contrast and ||-ism

Your OA is not correct...
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yet temperatures are so x and ice is so y
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I agree with Mackieman.

I has to be B. If not then please explain.
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Agreed.. Except for B and C all other options are eliminated because of this reason straight I think

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A, D and E are wrong on the usage of the idiom ‘so x that’. The expression ‘the temperatures are ‘so cold’ and the ice cap is reflective/ reflective / reflects, ‘so that’ flouts the idiom norms.

B maintains the ‘so x that’ structure. In addition the subjunctive phrase ‘were it to do so’ indicates that the feared rise in the levels of ocean water is more a fancy than real.


C is also grammatically correct as far as the idiom is concerned, but logically it alters the meaning. The phrase ‘or else’ means ‘if not’ and the clause then means that if not the little polar ice melted, the water levels of the oceans would rise 250 feet. The question is whether the water level would rise, if no ice or even very little ever melted.

I would also question the validity of using a comma to separate the ‘or else’ clause. I think it will be legitimate to use a semicolon rather.

B must be the choice. A tricky one indeed
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And between B and C, I think the answer is B.

C seems to say theat either little ice melts or else the water levels will rise..normally, either X Or Else Y is used when the two conditions are of equal probability.

Here, the probability is only hypothetical of all ice melting..and thus B, which discusses this scenario treating it as a hypothesis, saying -'were it to do so..' seems the right choice.

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Answer is A.

D and E seem awkward.
B and C are eliminated bcoz "That" in choices B and C refer to ice cap while "little polar ice melts during the summer both because icecap is reflective and temperatures are cold".

In A this error is corrected.Therefore A.

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please underline the wrong part
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Please underline.It becomes hard to figure out the portion under question.
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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.

B. is so reflective that little of the polar ice melts during the summer; were it to do so,


Can somebody please clarify what does "it" refer to in choice B?. It is relative pronoun and it must refer to preceding noun but a semi-colon has appeared here. Does that rule still apply?

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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.

B. is so reflective that little of the polar ice melts during the summer; were it to do so,


Can somebody please clarify what does "it" refer to in choice B?. It is relative pronoun and it must refer to preceding noun but a semi-colon has appeared here. Does that rule still apply?


I believe that here "it" is being used to postpone "to do" (Infinitive clause).
Ex. To swim is good
Better : It is good to swim.
Both are correct but GMAT prefer second version on stylistic ground.


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B uses the Idiomatic form So x that Y

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