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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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13. 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
would or could refers to past tense, so incorrect

This question tests parallelisim.
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13. 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

Will is wrong, because "would" is needed for indirect speech, so A, C, and D are out. E seems wrong because a comma is needed (not sure why, but that's how it seems to be). E has "the power stations" replacing the pronoun "they", which is not really needed, because there is no confusion with "a majority of international journalists". However, E has the verb "think" replacing "view", which seems right against B because "view ... but that" doesn't seem to be an idiom, "view X as Y" is. But "that" is needed after "think" in E, without which, it goes like "A think X would or could be made Y", which doesn't seem right. So I would go for B, thinking that "view ... but that" is OK.

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OA is D

issue of parallelism - view has to be followed by think.
So options A B C are out.

In E would or could doesn't sound right. I am not sure how to nullify E.

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13. 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

Will is wrong, because "would" is needed for indirect speech, so A, C, and D are out. E seems wrong because a comma is needed (not sure why, but that's how it seems to be). E has "the power stations" replacing the pronoun "they", which is not really needed, because there is no confusion with "a majority of international journalists". However, E has the verb "think" replacing "view", which seems right against B because "view ... but that" doesn't seem to be an idiom, "view X as Y" is. But "that" is needed after "think" in E, without which, it goes like "A think X would or could be made Y", which doesn't seem right. So I would go for B, thinking that "view ... but that" is OK.

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09 Sep 2009, 00:15
OA is D

issue of parallelism - view has to be followed by think.
So options A B C are out.

In E would or could doesn't sound right. I am not sure how to nullify E.

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13. 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

Will is wrong, because "would" is needed for indirect speech, so A, C, and D are out. E seems wrong because a comma is needed (not sure why, but that's how it seems to be). E has "the power stations" replacing the pronoun "they", which is not really needed, because there is no confusion with "a majority of international journalists". However, E has the verb "think" replacing "view", which seems right against B because "view ... but that" doesn't seem to be an idiom, "view X as Y" is. But "that" is needed after "think" in E, without which, it goes like "A think X would or could be made Y", which doesn't seem right. So I would go for B, thinking that "view ... but that" is OK.

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In 'E': think THAT the power stations would or could?
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30 Dec 2009, 07:39
If we simplify the structure we will be left with D
i.e. Journalists view power station as unsafe but think that they will be or could be made sufficiently safe
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OP please make sure you underline the incorrect portion of the sentence, thanks for the question though.
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31 Mar 2010, 03:48
Can anyone explain the difference behind "will be" and "would be" here?

I understand the answer is D because of parallelism. I was wondering if E was rewritten as "think that the power stations would be or could"

Which one would the GMAT prefer?
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20 Jun 2010, 10:16
lonewolf wrote:
Can anyone explain the difference behind "will be" and "would be" here?

I understand the answer is D because of parallelism. I was wondering if E was rewritten as "think that the power stations would be or could"

Which one would the GMAT prefer?

Someone please explain the difference between 'will be' and 'would be'
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I understand the difference of would and will but I woulnt have been able to explain as better as written below:

Quote:
choice E misuses 'would,' which is a past-tense construction.

Correct: The journalists THOUGHT that the plants WOULD be made safe in the future.

Correct: The journalists THINK that the plants WILL be made safe in the future.

Incorrect: *The journalists THOUGHT that the plants WILL be made safe in the future.
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06 Jul 2010, 14:25
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I understand the difference of would and will but I woulnt have been able to explain as better as written below:

Quote:
choice E misuses 'would,' which is a past-tense construction.

Correct: The journalists THOUGHT that the plants WOULD be made safe in the future.

Correct: The journalists THINK that the plants WILL be made safe in the future.

Incorrect: *The journalists THOUGHT that the plants WILL be made safe in the future.

agreed!
Timeline is

Past - Present - future - conditional

Present + Future is acceptable (thats the case here and Will needs to be used)
Past + conditional is acceptable (If it had rained, i would have left)

Any other combination is unacceptable.
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(D) think that they will be or could

What does 'they' refer to here, isn't there an ambiguity found in the sentence??
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lonewolf wrote:
Can anyone explain the difference behind "will be" and "would be" here?

I understand the answer is D because of parallelism. I was wondering if E was rewritten as "think that the power stations would be or could"

Which one would the GMAT prefer?

Someone please explain the difference between 'will be' and 'would be'

When the subject makes a prediction you have to use Simple present and the modal (Will, can, may, should or might) + the base form of the verb.

If I take an extra course each semester, I should graduate a semester earlier.

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.
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26 Sep 2010, 22:10
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)
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26 Sep 2010, 23:02
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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 tend to agree with you. I also chose E. Besides the points you mentioned, it seems like the sentence is in reported speech, and as far as I remember will should be converted to would.

What is the source of the question and was is the official explanation regarding answer E?
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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 tend to agree with you. I also chose E. Besides the points you mentioned, it seems like the sentence is in reported speech, and as far as I remember will should be converted to would.

What is the source of the question and was is the official explanation regarding answer E?

source is 1000sc and afaik, there is no oe (damn that sentence has a lot of abbr. )
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27 Sep 2010, 06:21
Probably reasoning behind "D" answer might be following:

1) pronoun refers to the closest noun.
Thus "they" in D grammaticaly points to "power stations". Hence, repeating "power stations" one more time is wordy and inconcise -> Eliminate E

2) think THAT is idiomatic

3) Sentence is in the present tense -> No Would. Also would + could destort the meaning of original phrase
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27 Sep 2010, 07:50
Pretty diff kind of question.Got it right.
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12 Nov 2010, 21:31
ramana wrote:
(D) think that they will be or could

What does 'they' refer to here, isn't there an ambiguity found in the sentence??

Not a good question. "they" is indeed ambiguous. Standard GMAC questions will not look like this.
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18 Nov 2010, 21:37
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 !!
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