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A recent and popular self-help book wryly notes that if adolescence was not so painful, it would have a droll comedic aspect, at least in retrospect.
a. was not so painful, it
b. was not so painful, they
c. were not so painful, they
d. were not so painful, it
e. were not so painful, being one

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Re: A recent and popular self-help book wryly notes [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2013, 23:28
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A past conditional subjunctive case, where the normal idiomatic usage is simple past in the if clause (if I were, If it were etc,) and a modal future perfect tense in the main clause. Answer choice D is the correct one. Adolescence is the subject of the sub-clause, hence its pronoun is –it-. Choice D is the best answer.
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The meaning of this sentence speaks about a hypothetical scenario. Hence the structure is "If I were ..., I would ...".

a. was not so painful, it
b. was not so painful, they adolescence is singular
c. were not so painful, they adolescence is singular
d. were not so painful, it
e. were not so painful, being one
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A recent and popular self-help book wryly notes that if adolescence was not so painful, it would have a droll comedic aspect, at least in retrospect.
a. was not so painful, it
b. was not so painful, they
c. were not so painful, they
d. were not so painful, it
e. were not so painful, being one

OA after discussion


Hypothetical subjunctive 'were' is required. adolescence is singular. Hence C
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Re: A recent and popular self-help book wryly notes [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2013, 03:28
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A recent and popular self-help book wryly notes that if adolescence was not so painful, it would have a droll comedic aspect, at least in retrospect.
a. was not so painful, it
b. was not so painful, they
c. were not so painful, they
d. were not so painful, it
e. were not so painful, being one

OA after discussion


Hypothetical subjunctive 'were' is required. adolescence is singular. Hence C

I believe you meant D and incorrectly wrote C :)
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