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Despite an expensive publicity campaign, ticket sales for the new play

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Despite an expensive publicity campaign, ticket sales for the new play were poor enough that it closed only after two weeks.

A. poor enough that it closed only after two weeks

B. poor enough that it was closed after only two weeks

C. so poor that it closed only after two weeks

D. so poor that it was closed after only two weeks

E. so poor that only after two weeks it closed

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Originally posted by mkrishnabdrr on 11 Apr 2017, 18:07.
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Can a ticket sales close itself or it needs to be closed by somebody (though unknown)?
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Is it C?
Agreed that the antecedent of "it" appears to be ambiguous, but C is the best of all.
The difference is the way "after only" is used. E.g. He recovered after only two weeks. Vs. He recovered only after two weeks. The first sentence means that no one expected him to recover before two weeks and the second one means that his recovery was expected to be longer than two weeks.
So between A and C, C is correct because of the usage of "so poor that" instead of "poor enough that".

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Is it C?
Agreed that the antecedent of "it" appears to be ambiguous, but C is the best of all.
The difference is the way "after only" is used. E.g. He recovered after only two weeks. Vs. He recovered only after two weeks. The first sentence means that no one expected him to recover before two weeks and the second one means that his recovery was expected to be longer than two weeks.
So between A and C, C is correct because of the usage of "so poor that" instead of "poor enough that".

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The original sentence contains the words "poor enough that it closed..." However, "[Adjective] enough that [Clause]" is an incorrect idiomatic form. The proper idiom with a clause is " so [Adjective] that [Clause]." In this case, the sentence should read " so poor that..."

In addition, the placement of "only" is incorrect. "Only" should be placed immediately before the word it modifies. In this case, "only" modifies "two weeks," so it should be placed immediately before "two weeks."

Also, note that every choice contains the word "it" (which refers to "the new play," the topic if not the grammatical subject of the sentence). Thus, pronouns are not an issue in this problem.

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) The idiom "X enough to Y" should be replaced with "so X that Y," and the word "only" should be directly in front of the time phrase it modifies, "two weeks."

(C) The word "only" should be directly in front of the time phrase it modifies: "two weeks."

(D) CORRECT. This proper idiom "so X that Y" is used, and the word "only" comes directly in front of the time phrase it modifies, "two weeks."

(E) As in choice (C), the word "only" should be directly in front of the time phrase it modifies: "two weeks."
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New post 12 Apr 2017, 18:55
Already discussed here: despite-an-expensive-publicity-campaign-ticket-sales-for-66973.html?fl=similar

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