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# Ice caps

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22 Aug 2006, 12:01
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 worldâ€™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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22 Aug 2006, 12:06
Ans: C
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22 Aug 2006, 12:09
gk3.14 wrote:
Ans: C

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22 Aug 2006, 12:12
its E
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22 Aug 2006, 12:24

WERE IT TO DO SO shows hypothetical situation -> subjuntive mood and WOULD RISE in the ununderlined part finishes such hypothesis
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22 Aug 2006, 12:32
B? it is too verbose..
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22 Aug 2006, 12:33
I thought C because the parallelism it offers..

What is OA?
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22 Aug 2006, 12:36
Ok, I see it now. D is probably a better answer.

because so reflective is unnecessary
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22 Aug 2006, 12:41
u2lover wrote:

WERE IT TO DO SO shows hypothetical situation -> subjuntive mood and WOULD RISE in the ununderlined part finishes such hypothesis

Brilliant explanation. Yup OA is B.
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22 Aug 2006, 12:55
B

it is the only choice that makes sense. C seems ok, but look at the meaning of "or else" this is not what they are asking
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22 Aug 2006, 12:58
hindsight 20-20
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22 Aug 2006, 20:12
u2lover wrote:

WERE IT TO DO SO shows hypothetical situation -> subjuntive mood and WOULD RISE in the ununderlined part finishes such hypothesis

Great explaination.
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22 Aug 2006, 20:17
u2lover wrote:

WERE IT TO DO SO shows hypothetical situation -> subjuntive mood and WOULD RISE in the ununderlined part finishes such hypothesis

Brilliant!
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22 Aug 2006, 21:42
Recently discussed.

are so...is so....

hypothetical condition so the sentence needs "were"

also, semicolon is correctly used here.
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22 Aug 2006, 22:50
B as explained by U2.
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23 Aug 2006, 14:06
B.
Good explanation U2   [#permalink] 23 Aug 2006, 14:06
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