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# The number of mountain gorillas is declining with such

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The number of mountain gorillas is declining with such rapidity that the population is one-half in the twenty years between a count made by George Schaller in 1960 and the one made by Dian Fossey in 1980.

(A) with such rapidity that the population is one-half
(B) with such rapidity that the population was one-half
(C) so rapidly the population divided in half
(D) so rapidly that the population was halved
(E) in such rapidity that the population is halved

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26 Apr 2005, 23:21
B it is!

Such..that is the correct idiom and "was halved" in D is incorrect

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26 Apr 2005, 23:44
Vithal wrote:
B it is! Such..that is the correct idiom and "was halved" in D is incorrect

such .... that is incorrect and was halved is correct.

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27 Apr 2005, 06:48
"D"....so...that puts an emphasis on the speed of decrease...such that doesn't create that effect.

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27 Apr 2005, 17:14
banerjeea_98 wrote:
"D"....so...that puts an emphasis on the speed of decrease...such that doesn't create that effect.

I agree. (D) should be it.

Vithal!
Why "was halved" is incorrect?

What do you guys think on the tense of this Sentence. Is it OK? IMO it is slightly ambiguous?

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27 Apr 2005, 18:11
One more for D...i rule out A, B and E because i am not certain if "with such rapidity" as used in those instances is grammatical.

Can someone please clarify if "with such rapidity" and "in such rapidity" acceptable?

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27 Apr 2005, 22:27
jpv wrote:
banerjeea_98 wrote:
"D"....so...that puts an emphasis on the speed of decrease...such that doesn't create that effect.

I agree. (D) should be it.

Vithal!
Why "was halved" is incorrect?

What do you guys think on the tense of this Sentence. Is it OK? IMO it is slightly ambiguous?

MA wrote:
such .... that is incorrect and was halved is correct.

Sorry for the delay.

Such...that is correct idiomatic usage from one of the notes I have - but, I cannot say this with 100% certainity as it is an idiom in the first place

IMO "was halved" is a passive construction, but other than that, don't you think "halved" alone would convey the correct meaning?

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27 Apr 2005, 22:31
Vithal wrote:
MA wrote:
such .... that is incorrect and was halved is correct.

Sorry for the delay. Such...that is correct idiomatic usage from one of the notes I have - but, I cannot say this with 100% certainity as it is an idiom in the first place

IMO "was halved" is a passive construction, but other than that, don't you think "halved" alone would convey the correct meaning?

Thanx vithal, my reply is pertinent to this question only. i agree such ..... that is a correct idiom and were halved is passive.

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