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With corn, soybean, and wheat reserves

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With corn, soybean, and wheat reserves

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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

    C

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    Post Sat Apr 30, 2016 1:23 am
    boomgoesthegmat wrote:
    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
    The form ADJECTIVE + ENOUGH + SO + NOUN (low enough so a ... harvest) is unidiomatic and therefore mistaken. Furthermore, BEING has no function here and is merely decorating the sentence.

    B) so low such that
    The form SO + ADJECTIVE + SUCH THAT (so low such that) is unidiomatic. SO THAT exists, and introduces intentions; SUCH THAT exists, and introduces outcomes, but SO ... SUCH THAT does not exist, except as a mistake.

    C) so low that
    This is the required form, and the only correct one in this question. RESERVES are SO LOW THAT something is likely to ensue; and this is what the sentence says: so low that a poor harvest would send prices skyrocketing. In other words, SO + ADJECTIVE + THAT expresses the intended idea here and from the point of view of idiomatic sentence construction is always a correct form.

    D) that are low enough so
    The form ADJECTIVE + ENOUGH + SO repeats the mistake in option A.

    E) that are so low such that
    Option E repeats the mistake in option B.

    C
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