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Cherapunji receives more rainfalls than any other site of the world, yet the agriculture is so fertile and the water reservoirs are efficient, so that the water does not overflow the land; otherwise, the level of surface water would rise unexpectedly and flood most of the state’s renowned towns.

A. are efficient, so that the water does not overflow on the land; otherwise,

B. are so efficient that the water does not overflow the land; were it to do so,

C. so efficient that the water does not overflow on the land, or else

D. efficient, so that the water does not overflow on the land, or

E. efficient so that the water does not only overflow the land; if it did

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The answer choice must be C since it is the only choice that depicts correct parallelism in saying that the agriculture is so fertile and water reservoirs (are) so efficient. All the other four choices foul on this principle.
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Cherapunji receives more rainfalls than any other site of the world, yet the agriculture is so fertile and the water reservoirs are efficient, so that the water does not overflow the land; otherwise, the level of surface water would rise unexpectedly and flood most of the state’s renowned towns.

A. are efficient, so that the water does not overflow on the land; otherwise,

The problem here starts from the yet the agriculture is so fertile. so that the water does not overflow on the land; otherwise is wrong. It should be only 'that'

B. are efficient so that the water does not overflow the land; were it to do so,

Same problem. Also were it to do so is confusing. there are no so many nouns there. Use of it here is ambiguous. This is a conditional clause in active voice. hence also incorrect.

C. so efficient that the water does not overflow on the land, or else

Rightly placed so.......that.

I meant that this segment --so fertile and the water reservoirs are so efficient that -- is absolutely ok. else is ok here. Usage of otherwise would also have been correct.

D. efficient, so that the water does not overflow on the land, or

wrong.

E. efficient so that the water does not only overflow the land; if it did

same as B.
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IMHO (C) as well for

1. Correct Parallelis,

so fertile and the water reservoirs ....so efficient

2. Maintains correct Idiomatic usage

so efficient that....

Hence will go with C
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Cherapunji receives more rainfalls than any other site of the world, yet the agriculture is so fertile and the water reservoirs are efficient, so that the water does not overflow the land; otherwise, the level of surface water would rise unexpectedly and flood most of the state’s renowned towns.

A. are efficient, so that the water does not overflow on the land; otherwise,

B. are efficient so that the water does not overflow the land; were it to do so,

C. so efficient that the water does not overflow on the land, or else

D. efficient, so that the water does not overflow on the land, or

E. efficient so that the water does not only overflow the land; if it did


I selected C going by usage of so..that idiom.

but the option B is mistyped as according to Original source B is correct as below.

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(B) are so efficient that the water does not overflow the land; were it to do so,


refer to below link to find the original source
http://www.gmatpill.com/gmat-practice-t ... stion/1214

souvik101990 please modify/correct the option B.
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With (C), the sentence gets very long with many commas and usually the goal is to avoid such run-on sentences which take away from the clarity of the sentence. Breaking it up in (B) with a semicolon helps express that idea while emphasizing a clear break in the sentence.

The "so...that" is used, but the parallel verb syntax should be used. "Is so fertile", "are so efficient" rather than just "so efficient".
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The answer choice must be C since it is the only choice that depicts correct parallelism in saying that the agriculture is so fertile and water reservoirs (are) so efficient. All the other four choices foul on this principle.

Can you omit the "are" after the water reservoirs? Imho this is the fatal mistake in C and why B is correct (after assuming the typo): the agriculture IS fertile (singular) and water reservoirs ARE efficient (plural). Or can one omit the "are?"

In any case, B is apparently correct if we re-position the "so."
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Chocie C seems to ahve been mistranscribed. So it was not a contender originally. So C seemed to be the best. May B is a better choice than C now.
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Hey daagh,

thanks as always for your help. What's your view on my singular vs. plural question? I'm curious to know as I have come across this issue quite often and would like to clarify it. Can one omit the "are?"
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I think it is possible to elide the verb ' are' in the given case; but I am not able to pitch on a concrete example for the same in the OG. Let me search for it and come back to you.
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bumped on this one. please modify the question or the OA. B cannot be correct in this case.
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why is C wrong when it correctly follows the rules of parallelism.

and also in B what does it refer to is ambiguous.
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I'm going to be blunt: this problem is so completely flawed that we shouldn't be studying it, not even in a "What if it said this?" sense. Is this really from gmatpill? There are too many things in it that don't make sense, even if we fix a word here or there. The intended meaning about overflow/flooding is not made clear in any of the choices. I'd recommend shutting this one down!
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This question is a blatant copy of the official question, which can be found here: https://gmatclub.com/forum/antarctica-receives-more-solar-radiation-than-does-any-other-place-on-201871.html

Option C is incorrect because it is not parallel. On one hand, we have a full S/V clause = "the agriculture is so fertile"; however, on an another hand, we have clause with no verb = "the water reservoirs so efficient". Hence, why option C is incorrect and B is correct. For more information, please feel free to check the link that I posted above.
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