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Cherapunji receives more rainfalls than any other site of the world, yet the agriculture is so fertile and the water reservoirs are efficient, so that the water does not overflow the land; otherwise, the level of surface water would rise unexpectedly and flood most of the state’s renowned towns.

(A) are efficient, so that the water does not overflow on the land; otherwise,

(B) are so efficient that the water does not overflow the land; were it to do so,

(C) so efficient that the water does not overflow on the land, or else

(D ) efficient, so that the water does not overflow on the land, or

(D) efficient so that the water does not only overflow the land; if it did
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21 Aug 2012, 11:54
(A) Unidiomatic. It should be Overflow the land
(B) Correct usage of idiom. Correct usage of subjuctive mood - were it do so.
(C) Unidiomatic. It should be Overflow the land
(D) Unidiomatic. It should be Overflow the land
(E) Verb 'are' is missing. Incorrect usage of hypothetical situation, 'if it did'

Hence B.
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21 Aug 2012, 12:15
This was a tough one.

D and E are clearly out, because they are missing the preposition or a verb at the start...making the sentence awkward.

Among A, B and C, I eliminated A because of use of otherwise and C because of use of 'or else' (makes it wordy). B fits best among the given choices.
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21 Aug 2012, 13:40
i thought of parallelism after reading the sentence;hence i choose C. yes d and e are clearly out because of awkwardness or weirdness. I am not sure about the idiomatic usage that is referred above. Can somebody elaborate more on this ?

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21 Aug 2012, 14:00
warrior123 wrote:
(A) Unidiomatic. It should be Overflow the land
(B) Correct usage of idiom. Correct usage of subjuctive mood - were it do so.
(C) Unidiomatic. It should be Overflow the land
(D) Unidiomatic. It should be Overflow the land
(E) Verb 'are' is missing. Incorrect usage of hypothetical situation, 'if it did'

Hence B.

@warrior123 - How Subjunctive mood is playing here. Can you please elaborate more on this?
I see the "were...would..." Subjunctive combination in B but not able to correlate.
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warrior123 wrote:
(A) Unidiomatic. It should be Overflow the land
(B) Correct usage of idiom. Correct usage of subjuctive mood - were it do so.
(C) Unidiomatic. It should be Overflow the land
(D) Unidiomatic. It should be Overflow the land
(E) Verb 'are' is missing. Incorrect usage of hypothetical situation, 'if it did'

Hence B.

@warrior123 - How Subjunctive mood is playing here. Can you please elaborate more on this?
I see the "were...would..." Subjunctive combination in B but not able to correlate.
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@Capricorn369: Here is my honest explanation based on my understanding. I'm not an expert though.

If we observe the original sentence closely, the ',' after efficient has changed the meaning of the sentence. It implies that the agricultre is so fertile and the water reservoirs are so efficient, and as a result, the water does not overflow the land. Hence the usage of 'Otherwise' modifies the previous sentence implying that -" If water does not overflow the land, it would result in unexpected rise of surface water level and floods. In other words, it implies that there are two outcomes (both good & bad) because of the efficient water reservoirs and fertile agriculture. Hence this is incorrect.

The actual intention was to convey a hypothetical situation that, if at all water does overflow then there would be unexpected rise in water level and floods.Hence the subjunctive /hypothetical mood in option (b) correctly conveys the message. Also, please observe that there is no ',' after 'efficient'.

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warrior123 wrote:
Capricorn369 wrote:
warrior123 wrote:
(A) Unidiomatic. It should be Overflow the land
(B) Correct usage of idiom. Correct usage of subjuctive mood - were it do so.
(C) Unidiomatic. It should be Overflow the land
(D) Unidiomatic. It should be Overflow the land
(E) Verb 'are' is missing. Incorrect usage of hypothetical situation, 'if it did'

Hence B.

@warrior123 - How Subjunctive mood is playing here. Can you please elaborate more on this?
I see the "were...would..." Subjunctive combination in B but not able to correlate.
Cheers!

@Capricorn369: Here is my honest explanation based on my understanding. I'm not an expert though.

If we observe the original sentence closely, the ',' after efficient has changed the meaning of the sentence. It implies that the agricultre is so fertile and the water reservoirs are so efficient, and as a result, the water does not overflow the land. Hence the usage of 'Otherwise' modifies the previous sentence implying that -" If water does not overflow the land, it would result in unexpected rise of surface water level and floods. In other words, it implies that there are two outcomes (both good & bad) because of the efficient water reservoirs and fertile agriculture. Hence this is incorrect.

The actual intention was to convey a hypothetical situation that, if at all water does overflow then there would be unexpected rise in water level and floods.Hence the subjunctive /hypothetical mood in option (b) correctly conveys the message. Also, please observe that there is no ',' after 'efficient'.

Hope this helps.

Very well explained. Like the clarity with which you interpreted the sentence.
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There is a mistake in the question its testing consistency "yet the agriculture is so fertile and"

Here's the question

Cherapunji receives more rainfalls than any other site of the world, yet the agriculture is so fertile and the water reservoirs are efficient, so that the water does not overflow the land; otherwise, the level of surface water would rise unexpectedly and flood most of the state’s renowned towns.

(A) are efficient, so that the water does not overflow on the land; otherwise,

(B) are so efficient that the water does not overflow the land; were it to do so,

(C) so efficient that the water does not overflow on the land, or else

(D ) efficient, so that the water does not overflow on the land, or

(D) efficient so that the water does not only overflow the land; if it did

keyword "AND" only B is parallel and consistent
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24 Feb 2014, 00:25
In option B "were it to do so" here what "it" refers to, any idea?

I think it refers back to the water.

(B) are so efficient that the water does not overflow the land; were it to do so,
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24 Feb 2014, 01:28
"were it to do so" is a dead give-away. That would be the right answer.
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There is a mistake in the question its testing consistency "yet the agriculture is so fertile and"

Here's the question

Cherapunji receives more rainfalls than any other site of the world, yet the agriculture is so fertile and the water reservoirs are efficient, so that the water does not overflow the land; otherwise, the level of surface water would rise unexpectedly and flood most of the state’s renowned towns.

(A) are efficient, so that the water does not overflow on the land; otherwise,

(B) are so efficient that the water does not overflow the land; were it to do so,

(C) so efficient that the water does not overflow on the land, or else

(D ) efficient, so that the water does not overflow on the land, or

(D) efficient so that the water does not only overflow the land; if it did

keyword "AND" only B is parallel and consistent

Exactly, I noticed the missing verb too.
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Please correct the question. We are missing an article before 'agriculture'

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05 Aug 2014, 06:14
Pls correct the question as @nelz007 suggested. The question is not tough but the error in the sentence made me pick the wrong answer. Mods can you do that?
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07 Aug 2014, 03:08
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Pls correct the question as @nelz007 suggested. The question is not tough but the error in the sentence made me pick the wrong answer. Mods can you do that?

Same here.. The error of missing very really stumped me.
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26 Sep 2015, 08:14
nelz007 wrote:
There is a mistake in the question its testing consistency "yet the agriculture is so fertile and"

Here's the question

Cherapunji receives more rainfalls than any other site of the world, yet the agriculture is so fertile and the water reservoirs are efficient, so that the water does not overflow the land; otherwise, the level of surface water would rise unexpectedly and flood most of the state’s renowned towns.

(A) are efficient, so that the water does not overflow on the land; otherwise,

(B) are so efficient that the water does not overflow the land; were it to do so,

(C) so efficient that the water does not overflow on the land, or else

(D ) efficient, so that the water does not overflow on the land, or

(D) efficient so that the water does not only overflow the land; if it did

keyword "AND" only B is parallel and consistent

Can we eliminate A, D and E for the idiom error too? So X That Y... As compared to So that (which is wrong usage?)
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09 Nov 2015, 13:10
Please correct the question. 'Is' is missing in the sentence.
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10 Dec 2015, 07:12
the missing 'is' made me clueless.
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28 Dec 2015, 14:01
The basic split is between the options with verb and the options without the verb on the right arm of contrast "Yet"

C, D and E are missing the verb so they are out.

Between A and B -- A has the wrong construction of So X that Y, for this reason A is out.

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Cherapunji receives more rainfalls than any other site of the world, yet the agriculture is so fertile and the water reservoirs are efficient, so that the water does not overflow the land; otherwise, the level of surface water would rise unexpectedly and flood most of the state’s renowned towns.

(A) are efficient, so that the water does not overflow on the land; otherwise,

(B) are so efficient that the water does not overflow the land; were it to do so,

(C) so efficient that the water does not overflow on the land, or else

(D ) efficient, so that the water does not overflow on the land, or

(D) efficient so that the water does not only overflow the land; if it did
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nilboy wrote:

Pronoun 'it' should refer to the subject of the clause preceding it. 'it' should refer to 'the water'
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