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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 03 Sep 2008, 09:04
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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 on 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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Re: SC - Morocco [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2008, 10:16
hibloom,

You are Right on! (or) both of us are wrong.

Looking at the conditional in A C E, the if clause is in past tense and needs would/could+ base verb. Hence all of them are wrong

Between B & D. D uses that to refer to Algeria. it is better than that

On a different note, Is always insecure == never secure ?? Looks like it is. Can some one explain why/why not?
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Re: SC - Morocco [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2008, 10:26
Thank you for your response hibloom.

One question for you... in (B), I was thinking that the "it" does not have a clear referent. But I guess in this case, "it" can only refer to Morocco?

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Re: SC - Morocco [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2008, 05:07
Please post the OA, because i'm curious. I agree with hibloom that E is ambiguous, but, on the other hand, it has the correct form of an "if...then" clause. In B "it" is tricky and i'm not sure that B is better than E.
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Re: SC - Morocco [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2008, 05:21
OA is B... if someone can explain the reference to "it" in B, that'll be great.
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Re: SC - Morocco [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2008, 10:56
regarding the reference of it :

in the sentence it refers to Morocco and its quite clear in B as Algeria comes after "it".

also in A the use of "was" is wrong ; it should be "would" which is what B does with least ambiguity.
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