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Affording strategic proximity to the Strait of Gibraltar,

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Affording strategic proximity to the Strait of Gibraltar, [#permalink] New post 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.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Apr 2004, 20:12
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
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2004, 06:37
Paul wrote:
ie I assumed that if you helped me... --> not ideal structure
I assume that with your help...--> better structure


Excellent explanation!
I choose E,
The official answer is B:cool
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2006, 10:10
kpadma wrote:
Paul wrote:
ie I assumed that if you helped me... --> not ideal structure
I assume that with your help...--> better structure


Excellent explanation!
I choose E,
The official answer is B:cool


But the it in B looks like a bad pronoun. Could it not refer to "Strait of Gibraltar" ?
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2006, 14:30
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kpadma wrote:
Paul wrote:
ie I assumed that if you helped me... --> not ideal structure
I assume that with your help...--> better structure


Excellent explanation!
I choose E,
The official answer is B:cool


But the it in B looks like a bad pronoun. Could it not refer to "Strait of Gibraltar" ?

Replace "it" with "Strait of Gibraltar" and you will see that its wrong. Then place "Morocco" in place of "it" and you will see that its correct.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2006, 06:08
Doubt we`ll ever get an OA on this, but I`m jumping on the (B) train.

1. Most concise
2. Actively phrased
3. "assume that + modal (would)~" it grammatically/idiomatically correct.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2006, 22:55
The OA of this question is B.

This question is from OG.
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