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A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but that they will, or could, be made sufficiently safe in the future.


(A) that they will, or could,

(B) that they would, or could,

(C) they will be or could

(D) think that they will be or could

(E) think the power stations would or could



I am taking the Manhattan Review course and I am a bit concerned because the strategy they taught me doesn't work here!! I will explain once people answer the question.

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Re: SC Power plants [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2008, 11:46
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A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but that they will, or could, be made sufficiently safe in the future.


(A) that they will, or could,

(B) that they would, or could,

(C) they will be or could

(D) think that they will be or could

(E) think the power stations would or could

I am taking the Manhattan Review course and I am a bit concerned because the strategy they taught me doesn't work here!! I will explain once people answer the question.


A majority of IJ is plural. we are referring to some number (>1) out of a possible X.

IJ majority is singular as we are referring to the majority as whole.

so they has ambiguous reference. Only E eliminates that and uses PS clearly.

Besides answer choices with both will and would/could are also wrong as it is illogical to have both forms (certainty and uncertainty). If some thing is certain(will), then it is not uncertain (would) any more
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Re: SC Power plants [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2008, 11:52
IMO E...because of the clear use of power stations
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Re: SC Power plants [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2008, 16:27
E is what I also had, even though I was not a big fan of it since "would" was a little passive for me. But the OA is D. I still don't understand that since "they" to me is still ambiguous.
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Re: SC Power plants [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2008, 01:16
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A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but that they will, or could, be made sufficiently safe in the future.

(A) that they will, or could,
(B) that they would, or could,
(C) they will be or could
(D) think that they will be or could
(E) think the power stations would or could

I am taking the Manhattan Review course and I am a bit concerned because the strategy they taught me doesn't work here!! I will explain once people answer the question.


Because of the parallel structure, A, B, C can be crossed out. So, D and E left.

"they" in D is ambiguous. It doesn't clearly tell us it is referring to int'l journalists or just the stations.

SO, my choice is E :)

By the way, is this question in OG 10?
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Re: SC Power plants [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2008, 01:32
I think D should be the answer.here they clearly refers to the power stations. E is unnecessarily wordy.also will be and could be is parrallel
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A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but that they will, or could, be made sufficiently safe in the future.


(A) that they will, or could,

(B) that they would, or could,

(C) they will be or could

(D) think that they will be or could

(E) think the power stations would or could



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Re: SC Power plants [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2008, 02:43
If you go for D, so "they" in D refers to what?
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Re: SC Power plants [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2008, 03:47
IMO D ..In D they clearly refers to power stations .
In E - would and could is not parallel .
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Re: SC Power plants [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2008, 03:48
sorry - typo error ..
In E - would or could is not parallel .
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Re: SC Power plants [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2008, 05:32
D - is my bet.

it maintains parallelism of two clauses coordinated by "but": view () but think ();
also if we take those two clauses, "they" in D would refer directly to the subject of view, ie the power stations.
another point (though have my doubts on this) - D maintains // structure of will be or could be ?
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and also could refers to future in past also used when doing something depends on something else.

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Re: SC Power plants [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2008, 06:02
So, we are really choosing between D and E here. I am firm on D! See below why.

The sentence is or should be saying "They view them as unsafe now but think that they will be made safe in the future."
The above sentence is parallel and logical, which together remove potential ambiguities. Also, it is important that we use "will" instead of "would", as the author clearly distinguishing between NOW and the FUTURE - "would" would distort the meaning.
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A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but that they will, or could, be made sufficiently safe in the future.
(A) that they will, or could,

(B) that they would, or could,

(C) they will be or could

(D) think that they will be or could

(E) think the power stations would or could
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Re: SC Power plants [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2008, 07:55
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So, we are really choosing between D and E here. I am firm on D! See below why.

The sentence is or should be saying "They view them as unsafe now but think that they will be made safe in the future."
The above sentence is parallel and logical, which together remove potential ambiguities. Also, it is important that we use "will" instead of "would", as the author clearly distinguishing between NOW and the FUTURE - "would" would distort the meaning.
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A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but that they will, or could, be made sufficiently safe in the future.
(A) that they will, or could,

(B) that they would, or could,

(C) they will be or could

(D) think that they will be or could

(E) think the power stations would or could


So why is C automatically crossed out? It is parallel and also uses "will". The only difference I see is the "think that". According to the answer, the "think that" removes the ambiguouty but I still don't see how.

What really cofused me is that in my review course they told us that whenever there is a pronoun, make sure it can't refer to 2 different subjects (even if it makes sense to you). Here it makes sense that the "they" would refer to the power plants but it still could refer to the journalists. That is what confuses me, I don't see how the "think that" changes anything.

Either the power plants could be made safe or the journalist could be safe.
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Re: SC Power plants [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2008, 10:44
salr15 wrote:
A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but that they will, or could, be made sufficiently safe in the future.

(A) that they will, or could,
(B) that they would, or could,
(C) they will be or could
(D) think that they will be or could
(E) think the power stations would or could


Its D cuz all other choices are either unparalled or ungramatical. "view" needs a "verb" after "but" to make the sentence parallel.
(A) "but that........" and "will, or could be" both are unparalled.
(B) unparalled.
(C) "view ...... but they......." will be or could
(D) parallel: "view ....... but think ......." and "will be or could be"
(E) "view........ but think" - parallel
but "would ........ or could be" is not parallel.
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