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# Usage of that

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11 Sep 2017, 20:37
ST1: Donald trump may be the next president, and no one knows how possible is THAT.

Is ST1 correct in GMAT, is "THAT" referencing correctly, if not what is the correct version of this sentence.

Can someone shed some light on this, thank you.
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15 Sep 2017, 05:59
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DIII wrote:
ST1: Donald trump may be the next president, and no one knows how possible is THAT.

Is ST1 correct in GMAT, is "THAT" referencing correctly, if not what is the correct version of this sentence.

Can someone shed some light on this, thank you.

I think that ST1 is wrong since "that" ambiguously refer to the whole previous clause. To make the meaning clearer, we could use "that opinion/expectation".
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19 Sep 2017, 17:44
DIII wrote:
ST1: Donald trump may be the next president, and no one knows how possible is THAT.

Is ST1 correct in GMAT, is "THAT" referencing correctly, if not what is the correct version of this sentence.

Can someone shed some light on this, thank you.

'That' (as well as 'this', 'these', and 'those') shouldn't be used as a pronoun by itself. It should be used with another word, as in @broall's example with 'that opinion'. Personally, I would use the phrase 'that outcome'.

Donald Trump may be the next president, and no one knows how possible that outcome is.
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19 Sep 2017, 18:53
Thank you, It's clear now.
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