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# Antarctica receives more solar radiation than does any other place on

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05 Feb 2018, 09:59
prateek176 wrote:
chetan2u, abhimahna still didn't understand why is C incorrect

Hey prateek176 ,

C has the problem of parallelism. Remember a conjunction should always have X and Y parallel.

Consider the example:

My sister is so intelligent and my brother so stupid.

Do you see the difference?

1. My sister is so intelligent - Clause

AND - Conjunction(It MUST make X and Y parallel).

2. My brother so stupid. --> Not a Clause.

On a similar lines:

the temperatures are so cold

and

the ice cap so reflective.

It should be the ice cap is so reflective.

Does that make sense?
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09 Feb 2018, 01:25
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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

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.

For me Choice B has pronoun ambiguity. What does it refers to??
It can refer to solar radiation, polar ice melting, ice cap.
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09 Feb 2018, 01:29
abhimahna wrote:
prateek176 wrote:
chetan2u, abhimahna still didn't understand why is C incorrect

Hey prateek176 ,

C has the problem of parallelism. Remember a conjunction should always have X and Y parallel.

Consider the example:

My sister is so intelligent and my brother so stupid.

Do you see the difference?

1. My sister is so intelligent - Clause

AND - Conjunction(It MUST make X and Y parallel).

2. My brother so stupid. --> Not a Clause.

On a similar lines:

the temperatures are so cold

and

the ice cap so reflective.

It should be the ice cap is so reflective.

Does that make sense?

I think B can not be correct as choice B has ambiguous pronoun. It can refer to solar radiation, ice cap.
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09 Feb 2018, 14:08
Hi tarek99,

While you are technically correct about it being a run-on sentence, this is one of the few times when breaking the rule is actually best. Let's look at the part you're struggling with in answer B, and why it's okay to break the rule in this instance:

yet the temperatures are so cold and the ice is so reflective that little of the polar ice melts during the summer

The phrases "the temperatures are so cold" and "the ice is so reflective" BOTH apply to the rest of the phrase "that little of the polar ice melts during the summer. What the writer did here is condense two sentences into one:

Sentence 1: The temperatures are so cold that little of the polar ice melts during the summer.
Sentence 2: The ice is so reflective that little of the polar ice melts during the summer.

Combined: The temperatures are so cold and the ice is so reflective that little of the polar ice melts during the summer.

By combining both sentences, it saves us from reading the same phrase twice and makes the sentence easier to digest.

Remember that English is a 90/10 language: 90% of the time, the rule is the rule - but 10% of the time it's not.

I hope this helps clear things up!
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10 Feb 2018, 20:32
[quote="tarek99"]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

this is very hard . choice C suffer a serious problem
"or else" connect two clause, "temparature is so cold...." is first clause and the second clause is " watter level would rise".

so, "or else" dose not connect "polar ice melts" and "water lever rise".

that connection is not logic.

in the test room , it is hardd to realize this illogic connection.
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10 Feb 2018, 21:33
Even I marked C and was surprised to find that B is OA. After careful analysis it is evident that C violates parallelism. The clauses temperatures are so cold and the ice is so reflective have to be parallel separated by parallel indicator "and". However I was stumped by the usage of phrase "were it to do so". I rejected this answer choice thinking that the non underlined part of the question uses simple present and since the question is about known fact past tense can't be used. Can anyone help me with the meaning of the phrase.

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10 Feb 2018, 22:26
B.
The only option that maintains parallelism (are so cold... is so reflective) and maintains subjunctive mood too with usage of "were" and "would" with the pronoun "it" correctly referring to the polar ice since "little of the" is a quantity prepositional phrase with main subject being "polar ice".
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