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A wildlife expert predicts that the reintroduction of the [#permalink]  31 Jan 2012, 16:36
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A wildlife expert predicts that the reintroduction of the caribou into northern Minnesota would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than one wolf for every 39 square miles.

A) would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than
B )would fail provided the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more than
C )should fail if the timber wolf density in that region was greater than
D )will fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is greater than
E) will fail if the timber wolf density in that region were more numerous than

There are two approachs to solve this question:

a) According to some experts, the difference between WILL and WOULD is related to the certainty of
the information expressed in the sentence. In other words, how sure is the author about that topic.
In this sentence, the expert is sure that the reintroduction of the caribou WILL fail if the timber population is greater. If he were not so sure, we would have to use WOULD.

b) According to other experts, using WILL or WOULD depends on the tense of the sentence. If the tense is present we use WILL when we refer to the future. If the tense of the sentence is past, we use WOULD when we refer to the past. It's like reported speech.

What do you think about these two approachs? IMO, the second one is the correct IN THIS SENTENCE. Because the author is reporting something that the expert said, predicted.

What do you think?
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Re: Will vs Would - Wildlife expert [#permalink]  03 Feb 2012, 12:29
Ive read that you should never use "would" or "should" when using "if" sentence
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Re: Will vs Would - Wildlife expert [#permalink]  03 Feb 2012, 13:35
Ive read that you should never use "would" or "should" when using "if" sentence

You are right in the case of "should".
But you must use "would" in an "if" structure when you are talking about hypothetical situations.

For example:

If I were rich, I WOULD buy a jet.
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Re: Will vs Would - Wildlife expert [#permalink]  03 Feb 2012, 20:07
IMO, the 2nd approach is correct, the 1st approach is sometimes quite tough with the one who did not understand the whole meaning of sentence with IF clause
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Re: Will vs Would - Wildlife expert [#permalink]  04 Feb 2012, 00:00
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What do you think about these two approachs? IMO, the second one is the correct IN THIS SENTENCE. Because the author is reporting something that the expert said, predicted.

I second u buddy
the first one is correct though but if we see this particular case
predicts....IF.....will/would...
i think predicts has already shown the probability
and therefore If ....will... is showing the certainty and thus correct.
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Re: Will vs Would - Wildlife expert [#permalink]  20 Feb 2012, 23:57
metallicafan wrote:
A wildlife expert predicts that the reintroduction of the caribou into northern Minnesota would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than one wolf for every 39 square miles.

A) would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than
B )would fail provided the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more than
C )should fail if the timber wolf density in that region was greater than
D )will fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is greater than
E) will fail if the timber wolf density in that region were more numerous than

I'd say the best way to attack this question is by recognizing that the IF introduces a conditional sentence (http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar ... -sentences).

So there are only three cases:
if IS then WILL
if WAS then WOULD
if HAD BEEN then WOULD HAVE

In this case only D) properly uses the conidtional if IS greater, then WILL FAIL.

All other choices fail to do that ..
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Re: Will vs Would - Wildlife expert [#permalink]  21 Feb 2012, 02:18
"than" should be underlined, too! Now we have "than than" with every choice. It was the first thing I noticed and took me almost 3 seconds to realize that it is just a mistake!

And another approach... I think that "predicts" drives us directly to "will" and we cannot say "more numerous" from choice E (as far as I know)...
So D!
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Re: Will vs Would - Wildlife expert [#permalink]  21 Feb 2012, 04:19
I think the second approach is correct whereas the first approach is bit complicated. Go with the second approach and pick D.
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Re: Will vs Would - Wildlife expert [#permalink]  21 Feb 2012, 09:54
"D"

if is = present and therefor use of "will" --> A,B,C out
E = akward
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Re: Will vs Would - Wildlife expert [#permalink]  21 Feb 2012, 19:39
+1 for D.

Second approach looks more appropriate to me.

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Re: Will vs Would - Wildlife expert [#permalink]  11 Mar 2012, 18:05
The way I was informed, I would also pick the 2nd approach.

For this question, I got it down to B and C - the major difference being will vs. would. Since this is in present tense, I took "will fail."

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Re: Will vs Would - Wildlife expert [#permalink]  23 Mar 2012, 10:48
Option D stays true to the meaning of the sentence
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Re: Will vs Would - Wildlife expert [#permalink]  31 Mar 2012, 05:32
A wildlife expert predicts that the reintroduction of the caribou into northern Minnesota would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than one wolf for every 39 square miles.

A) would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than
B )would fail provided the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more than (No if)
C )should fail if the timber wolf density in that region was greater than
D )will fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is greater than
E) will fail if the timber wolf density in that region were more numerous than

IMO D
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Re: Will vs Would - Wildlife expert [#permalink]  11 Apr 2012, 04:34
a. would fail is wrongly used with present tense
b. would fail is wrongly used with present tense
c. should fail is wrong - predict vs should
d. correct
e. more numerous wrong - greater to be used +
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Re: Will vs Would - Wildlife expert [#permalink]  24 Apr 2012, 08:27
metallicafan wrote:
A wildlife expert predicts that the reintroduction of the caribou into northern Minnesota would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than one wolf for every 39 square miles.

A) would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than
B )would fail provided the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more than
C )should fail if the timber wolf density in that region was greater than
D )will fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is greater than
E) will fail if the timber wolf density in that region were more numerous than

There are two approachs to solve this question:

a) According to some experts, the difference between WILL and WOULD is related to the certainty of
the information expressed in the sentence. In other words, how sure is the author about that topic.
In this sentence, the expert is sure that the reintroduction of the caribou WILL fail if the timber population is greater. If he were not so sure, we would have to use WOULD.

b) According to other experts, using WILL or WOULD depends on the tense of the sentence. If the tense is present we use WILL when we refer to the future. If the tense of the sentence is past, we use WOULD when we refer to the past. It's like reported speech.

What do you think about these two approachs? IMO, the second one is the correct IN THIS SENTENCE. Because the author is reporting something that the expert said, predicted.

What do you think?

IMO, you use "would" and "were" with Hypothetical Subjunctive; if I were describing an unreal or hypothetical situation. Here the verb mood is not hypothetical, it is conditional. So you use simple tense + simple future tense. Also this question is slightly a comparison issue too. Numerous vs greater.
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Re: Will vs Would - Wildlife expert [#permalink]  06 May 2012, 00:33
Clearly D... use 3 rules of if-then construction
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Re: Will vs Would - Wildlife expert [#permalink]  08 May 2012, 07:32
metallicafan wrote:
A wildlife expert predicts that the reintroduction of the caribou into northern Minnesota would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than one wolf for every 39 square miles.

There are two approachs to solve this question:

a) According to some experts, the difference between WILL and WOULD is related to the certainty of
the information expressed in the sentence. In other words, how sure is the author about that topic.
In this sentence, the expert is sure that the reintroduction of the caribou WILL fail if the timber population is greater. If he were not so sure, we would have to use WOULD.

b) According to other experts, using WILL or WOULD depends on the tense of the sentence. If the tense is present we use WILL when we refer to the future. If the tense of the sentence is past, we use WOULD when we refer to the past. It's like reported speech.

What do you think about these two approachs? IMO, the second one is the correct IN THIS SENTENCE. Because the author is reporting something that the expert said, predicted.

What do you think?

Thanks for posting a quality question
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A) would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than
B )would fail provided the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more than : provided requires a will (more certain )
C )should fail if the timber wolf density in that region was greater than AWKWARD
D )will fail if the density[strike]of the timber wolf population in that region[/strike] is greater than
E) will fail if the timber wolf density in that region were more numerous than

D is the correct AO.
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