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Re: A majority of the international journalists [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2011, 00:30
How is would not correct? The survey happened in the past and it is reasonable to assume that the views were also expressed then. Prediction for the future in the past is correctly expressed by "would".

Also "power station" makes the reference clear. Although, it could be argued that Power stations can't think so the "they" in D refers to the journalists.
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Re: A majority of the international journalists [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2011, 12:10
In D, 'they' has a ambiguous antecedent. E requires the usage of 'That' after think.

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Re: A majority of the international journalists [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2011, 13:50
Bull78 wrote:
When the subject Speculates about something (unlikely to happen) you have to use the past tense + the modal (could, might, would) + base form of the verb

If I won the lottery, I would quit my job and travel the world

When the subject speculates about something that didn't happen in the past it is used the past perfect and the modal (could have, might have, would have) + past participle

If I had won the lottery, I would have quit my job and traveled the world.


What's the difference between-
1. If I won the lottery, I would quit my job and travel the world
2. If I win the lottery, I will quit my job and travel the world

Is #1 talking about present, past or future?
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Re: A majority of the international journalists [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2011, 05:36
This is reported speech therefore Present + Will construction looks right
However they clearly has ambiguous antecedent therefore i also chose E
AFAIK pronoun error has to be given priority over the other error

I do not agree with would missing 'be' here because choice E clearly states -
think the power stations would or could be which i see as would be or could be
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Re: A majority of the international journalists [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2011, 01:44
'Will be' denotes future, 'could be' denotes a possibility. Hence D.
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Re: A majority of the international journalists surveyed view [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2011, 07:06
can some one explain in detail whats wrong with B?
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Re: A majority of the international journalists surveyed view [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2011, 11:50
offbeat question. D is just better.
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Re: A majority of the international journalists [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2012, 07:13
gowrits wrote:
OA is D but i am convinced it is not D but it is E
1)they is ambigous in D
2)if would becomes will, could should become can (in D)
3)Moreover, majority of scientists SURVEYED(in the past)...then referring to a future action (from the past) should ideally be would or could (please tell me if there is any discrepancy in this logic)


I completely agree with you ....surveyed is past so a conditional word has to be used i.e would...moreover in (d) could should not be used with will..my answer is E
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Re: A majority of the international journalists surveyed view [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2012, 09:29
I also think the answer is E not D, since D is ambiguous as all other answers except for E.
In E they is replaced with the power stations, making the sentence understandable.
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Re: A majority of the international journalists surveyed view [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2012, 13:25
Parallelism: View and Think. Eliminate A, B and C
Think what? ..that is needed. Eliminate E
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Re: A majority of the international journalists surveyed view [#permalink] New post 07 May 2013, 07:21
I think its 'D'.
Its parallel and also reflects both little certainty in future by using 'Will be' and little uncertainty by using 'could be'
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Re: A majority of the international journalists [#permalink] New post 08 May 2013, 00:29
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In Option 'E' the pronoun 'they' is replaced by power stations, isnt it clearer ?

in 'D' they could refer to the journalists as well.

I think 'E' can also be considered as a viable option !!


hi sap.
E is wrong because the author wants to convey the idea that power stations will be (certainty) or could be made (uncertainty)........
If "will" is replaced by "would", both parts convey the uncertainty. That will change the author's intended idea.

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Re: A majority of the international journalists surveyed view [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2013, 07:58
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Re: A majority of the international journalists [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2013, 13:56
sap wrote:
In Option 'E' the pronoun 'they' is replaced by power stations, isnt it clearer ?

in 'D' they could refer to the journalists as well.,

I think 'E' can also be considered as a viable option !!


Ambiguity is not a strong issue for elimination in GMAT. In the D, it is clear that journalists cannot be made safer. Undoubtly they refers power stations.

The problem with E, in my oppinion, is changing the meaning and redundancy. Intended meaning is "stations will be safer or could be made safer". It is clearly written in D, while in E we have "stations would/will be made safer or could be made safer". Redundancy. " Will be safer" against "will be made safer". I put on the first.
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A majority of the international journalists surveyed [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2013, 09:16
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: A majority of the international journalists surveyed [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2013, 14:33
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alagoo 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


why not E


Hi maaadhu.

Meaning is key here. Let see the non-underline part, journalists view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present, BUT think that....... The word "but" is key, we need a contrast here. "unsafe at present" vs. "will be safe in the future". Next, we see preposition OR, we need two different scenarios. However, both would and could express the condition mood. If you use structure "would or could", we convey the same meaning. Therefore "will be or could be" is much better than "would or could".

Hope it clears your doubt.

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Re: A majority of the international journalists surveyed [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2013, 05:27
I honestly don't think the meaning is distorted by choice E.
I chose E on the basis of reducing ambiguity of the noun "they" since it may refer to the journalists or to power stations.
If I have to criticize E, I would say that the usage of "would or could" with no coma and with no matching of verb tense (ie would be, or could, be..) weakens it a little bit.

However, can a verbal expert please explain how choice D is preferable here since it does present some noun ambiguity.

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