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With corn, soybean, and wheat reserves being low enough so a poor harvest would send prices skyrocketing, grain futures brokers and their clients are especially interested in weather that could affect crops.
(A) being low enough so
(B) so low such that
(C) so low that
(D) that are low enough so
(E) that are so low such that

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Sentence Analysis

The sentence begins with a prepositional phrase (with corn_skyrocketing) modifying the main clause (grain futures_crops).

Grain futures brokers and their clients are very interested in weather that could affect the harvest of crops. Why are they interested? Because the reserves of corn, soybean, and wheat are quite low. How much low? Low to the extent that a poor harvest would make the prices extremely high. (Therefore, the brokers are interested in knowing whether there?s going to be a poor harvest)

Now, we understand that "a poor harvest would send price skyrocketing" is providing information about the extent of "low" levels of reserves. The correct and most concise way to express such relationship is using the idiom ?so X that Y? i.e. "so low that a poor harvest_" in option C.

Option Analysis

(A) Incorrect . The structure "low enough so" is non-idiomatic.

(B) Incorrect . This option combines two idiomatic structures "so X that Y" and "X such that Y", producing a non-idiomatic structure "so X such that".

(C) Correct . As explained in the sentence analysis.

(D) Incorrect . "low enough so" is non-idiomatic. The use of relative clause "that are" unnecessarily makes the option wordy.

(E) Incorrect . "so low such that" is non-idiomatic. The use of relative clause "that are" unnecessarily makes the option wordy.

answered Jun 10, 2017 by Beginner (1 point)
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With corn, soybean, and wheat reserves being low enough so a poor harvest would send prices skyrocketing, grain futures brokers and their clients are especially interested in weather that could affect crops.
There is a cause and effect and we require "so that" and specifically "so X that Y".
"so" provides a reason and not cause and effect.
(A) being low enough so
"that" is missing.
(B) so low such that
"such that" also provides cause and effect but it is coupled with "so". either use so that or such that but not both
(C) so low that
Crisp and correct
(D) that are low enough so
"that" is missing
(E) that are so low such that
Same issue as option B)

answered Jun 10, 2017 by Beginner (21 points)
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