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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 rgion 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
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C is out - as it is a prediction, would/will is more appropriate rather than should (OG: 73)

Density is a measure, it cannot be numerous - eliminate A & E

I am not clear on the construction used in B - Would appreciate if someone can elaborate it

IMO D should be it though I am not able to refute B for now.
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01 Jun 2005, 00:31
A) would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than
- more numerous is not idiomatic

B) would fail provided the density of the timber wolf population in that rgion is more than
- B changes the meaning of the sentence.

C) should fail if the timber wolf density in that region was greater than
- 'was' is the wrong tense

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
- more numerous is not idiomatic

D is the best
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01 Jun 2005, 01:49
Yes, D is the best answer.

â€œâ€¦predictsâ€¦will failâ€¦â€
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02 Jun 2005, 04:22
Thanks all. OA is indeed D. B fails in use of would - disagrees with other verbs in tense and mood (OG).

I had a concern in the OA, isn't the sentence in a subjunctie mood? And if so don't we need a were in
if the density ... is greater

Can someone please explain why isn't why isn't a subjunctive mood used here?
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02 Jun 2005, 07:43
I dont thin it is subjuctive mood. It is cause and effect. If that happen(s), this (will) happen. e.g.

I will fail if I do not study.

Subjunctive mood is applied when the author seems to indicate that his statements have very low probability to be true and seems to indicate a wish. e.g.

If I were you, I would study hard.

Hope it helps.
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02 Jun 2005, 19:42

in "If " sentences : if the conditional clause is in present tense , the following clause has to be in future tense.

So will should be used.
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05 Jun 2005, 13:15
Vithal wrote:
C is out - as it is a prediction, would/will is more appropriate rather than should (OG: 73)

Density is a measure, it cannot be numerous - eliminate A & E

I am not clear on the construction used in B - Would appreciate if someone can elaborate it

IMO D should be it though I am not able to refute B for now.

Much/More are used for uncountable nouns. With density being a "countable" noun, you'll need greater than.
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05 Jun 2005, 13:29
gmataquaguy wrote:
Vithal wrote:
C is out - as it is a prediction, would/will is more appropriate rather than should (OG: 73)

Density is a measure, it cannot be numerous - eliminate A & E

I am not clear on the construction used in B - Would appreciate if someone can elaborate it

IMO D should be it though I am not able to refute B for now.

Much/More are used for uncountable nouns. With density being a "countable" noun, you'll need greater than.

I don't think density is countable - countable being "one that can be counted - not one that can be quantified"
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06 Aug 2007, 09:58
gmataquaguy wrote:
Vithal wrote:
C is out - as it is a prediction, would/will is more appropriate rather than should (OG: 73)

Density is a measure, it cannot be numerous - eliminate A & E

I am not clear on the construction used in B - Would appreciate if someone can elaborate it

IMO D should be it though I am not able to refute B for now.

Much/More are used for uncountable nouns. With density being a "countable" noun, you'll need greater than.

density is NOT countable. 1 density, 2 density, 3 density....

the part that makes E wrong is timber wolf density rather than density of the timber wolf population.

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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 rgion 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

A- Wrong reasons
(1) "would fail ... if density is "<--Wrong structure it should be "will fail ... if density is "
(2) more numerous --wrong
B - changed the meaning .. looks like some one is providing the density here.
C - "Should fail .. if was " wrong structure should "would fail" .. if was
D -- correct
E) wrong more numerous
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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

This belongs to the first category conditional, where you use a present tense in the 'if' clause and a simple present or a simple future in the ‘then’ clause. We can conveniently ignore A, B and C for using the modal verb ' would ' and 'should'. Between D and E, we can eliminate E for using a countable ‘more numerous’ rather than the ‘greater’ for an obvious mass noun namely ‘density’
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