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    It's probable that there

    It's probable that there were many severe storms in this area ..... ships sank.

    1. so many
    2. that many
    3. and many
    4. and that many

    Why not No.3?

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    Re: It's probable that there

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    Why not No.3?
    Are you asking if #3 is possible or suggesting that you are doubting somebody who has said it is not?

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    #3

    Re: It's probable that there

    My opinion: No.3
    Answer key: No.4 ( I haven't seen this structure before )

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    Re: It's probable that there

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    My opinion: No.3
    Answer key: No.4 ( I haven't seen this structure before )
    Both 3 and 4 are possible. I prefer #4.

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    Re: It's probable that there

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    Answer key: No.4 ( I haven't seen this structure before )
    There's nothing special about it:

    It's probable that there were many severe storms in this area and ((it is probable) that) ships sank.


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    #6

    Re: It's probable that there

    So 5jj it must be kind of ellipsis. Right?

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    Re: It's probable that there

    Yes

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    Re: It's probable that there

    I note that bhaisahab says that 3 is possible. It is grammatical, but ambiguous. It could be taken that the storms were 'probable' but [that] you are certain that the ships sank. Using 'that' (4) specifically links the sinking ships to 'probable'.

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