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Despite an expensive publicity campaign, ticket sales for [#permalink]

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10 Jul 2008, 20:33
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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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Re: Despite an expensive publicity campaign, ticket sales for [#permalink]

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10 Jul 2008, 20:57
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IMO D.
I think we need "was closed" because play cannot get close itself, so we need was closed.
Between B and D, I will go for D because that emphasis that sales were very poor as compared to B which emphasis that sales were just poor enough.

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10 Jul 2008, 21:28
1. adj+enough to do something, so A and B out
2. so...that, C, D, E in
3. campaign was closed, not closed. so C and E out
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Re: Despite an expensive publicity campaign, ticket sales for [#permalink]

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11 Jul 2008, 00:07
aaron22197 wrote:
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

C,D -remain

Play cannot close on its own. "was closed" makes sense.

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11 Jul 2008, 08:28
aaron22197 wrote:
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

so + adjective + that + clause

Poor enough that is wrong idiom, so A) B) are wrong

C) is not good, it seems "only" modifies closed or after

E) is arkward

D) is the best

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Re: Despite an expensive publicity campaign, ticket sales for [#permalink]

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11 Jul 2008, 09:10
OA is d

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11 Jul 2008, 09:55
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

Despite X,Y occurs
X and Y should contradict each other or represent opp. scenarios.
(A) and (B) eliminated since the degree of contradition is less compared to so poor used in (C),(D),(E)

only after 2 weeks -> stresses that two weeks is a long time
after only 2 weeks -> this stresses on two days being earlier

here the second scenario is apt.
hence (C) and (E) are out and
(D) is correct
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14 Jul 2015, 11:46
Someone pls post the OA and OE. Thanks !
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26 Jul 2016, 07:47
aaron22197 wrote:
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

I don't doubt the answer but...

Subject is : Ticket sales ... for the play is the prepositional modifier.

So can it point to the play?

Or specifically...

Can it refer to a prepositional phrase object when logically it is the only thing it can point to?

Any advice will be appreciated sayantanc2k
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Re: Despite an expensive publicity campaign, ticket sales for [#permalink]

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27 Jul 2016, 02:28
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aaron22197 wrote:
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

I don't doubt the answer but...

Subject is : Ticket sales ... for the play is the prepositional modifier.

So can it point to the play?

Or specifically...

Can it refer to a prepositional phrase object when logically it is the only thing it can point to?

Any advice will be appreciated sayantanc2k

I have not come across any official guideline that states that a pronoun cannot refer to a noun within a prepositional phrase.

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Re: Despite an expensive publicity campaign, ticket sales for [#permalink]

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02 Aug 2016, 01:15
A,C and E -- Out because of meaning error (Play cannot close itself)
Between B and D, D is better than B.

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Re: Despite an expensive publicity campaign, ticket sales for [#permalink]

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08 Nov 2016, 12:24
Could a moderator please edit the question to include the OA?
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Re: Despite an expensive publicity campaign, ticket sales for [#permalink]

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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."
Note that the correct answer does change the verb from active to passive voice ("it was closed"),
which is generally slightly less preferable. However, every other answer choice is demonstrably
wrong.
Moreover, the very slight difference in meaning between "it closed" and "it was closed" is minor
enough to allow without tripping the alarm of "altered intent."
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." The passive voice expression "it was closed" is perfectly
acceptable.

(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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