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Affording strategic proximity to the Strait of Gibraltar, [#permalink]
29 Apr 2004, 19:47
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Affording strategic proximity to the Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco was also of interest to the French throughout the first half of the twentieth century because they assumed that if they did not hold it, their grip on Algeria was always insecure.
(A) if they did not hold it, their grip in Algeria was always insecure.
(B) without it their grip on Algeria would never be secure
(C) their grip on Algeria was not ever secure if they did not hold it
(D) without that, they could never be secure about their grip on Algeria
(E) never would their grip on Algeria be secure if they did not hold it.
E is the reverse of A. IMO, when you assume something, it has to be a fact. "if" introduces a conditional event which is not ideal in english.
ie I assumed that if you helped me... --> not ideal structure
I assume that with your help...--> better structure
Hence, A,C,E are out
D) "assumed that without that" has repetitive and awkward structure. Also "could" implies "ability to" which is not what the original sentence meant. "would" is better as it means that "security" is what was "desired" by the French