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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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19 Nov 2006, 07:12
I dont like "was" in D.

A seems OK to me.
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19 Nov 2006, 07:57
Going with D
Population halved in the period of 1960 to 1980. So I choose â€˜Wasâ€™.
â€˜Was halvedâ€™ sounds better than â€˜was one-halfâ€™ to me.
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19 Nov 2006, 08:36
Yeah the sentence is being written after the count made in 1980 so the population "was halved" in that time.
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19 Nov 2006, 11:29
The OA is D...
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19 Nov 2006, 11:33
The problem that I have with D is that it uses the construction so [adj] that...but here rapidly is used which is an adverb.Can anyone explain this?
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19 Nov 2006, 12:35
vineetgupta wrote:
The problem that I have with D is that it uses the construction so [adj] that...but here rapidly is used which is an adverb.Can anyone explain this?

Well, "So" is an adverb too and it acts as an "intensifier" for the adverb "Rapidly".
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19 Nov 2006, 18:54
'such rapidity' -> not idiomatic. A,B,E out.
C -> the population did not divide in half. -> change in meaning of sentence.

D is the best choice.
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19 Nov 2006, 20:05
ywilfred wrote:
'such rapidity' -> not idiomatic. A,B,E out.
C -> the population did not divide in half. -> change in meaning of sentence.

D is the best choice.

Thanks Wilfred. Thats a cool explanation
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24 Nov 2006, 23:11
vineetgupta wrote:
The problem that I have with D is that it uses the construction so [adj] that...but here rapidly is used which is an adverb.Can anyone explain this?

so fast that i can't catch up.

so expensive that i ask "how I can afford".
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