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118. Art museums do not usually think of their collections as capital or consider the interest income that would be generated if a portion of the capital would have been invested in another form.
(A) be generated if a portion of the capital would have been
(B) have been generated if a portion of the capital would have been
(C) be generated if a portion of the capital were
(D) be generated if a portion of the capital was
(E) be generated if a portion of the capital had been
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Re: 118/1000 [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2011, 22:03
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This question has inverted "if" in the last part of the statement.

with "if" statement "would" is awkward.
For example:

If I would go to the market, I will meet with my friend".
So, "would" cannt come on the "if" part of the statement. "would" is correct if it comes on "then" part.

So, A and B are out for that reason.
Also, you dont say "if I was rich", but u say "If I were rich" for hypothetical statements. So, D is out.
Also, if you have something like this "If I had been to the market, I would have bought the shoes." So, E is out for that reason.


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118. Art museums do not usually think of their collections as capital or consider the interest income that would be generated if a portion of the capital would have been invested in another form.
(A) be generated if a portion of the capital would have been
(B) have been generated if a portion of the capital would have been
(C) be generated if a portion of the capital were
(D) be generated if a portion of the capital was
(E) be generated if a portion of the capital had been

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Re: 118/1000 [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2011, 22:09
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I was not able to decide bw C and D

if I were is correct...

If portion of the capital were/was?

what is the rule or using were/was in if clause?
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Re: 118/1000 [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2011, 23:02
Subjuntive mood is in use here.
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Re: 118/1000 [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2011, 19:39
the question here is about a hypothetical situation abt a situtaion which does not exist now.
so clearly were shud be used by rule. all the options can thus be eliminated other than C.

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I was not able to decide bw C and D

if I were is correct...

If portion of the capital were/was?

what is the rule or using were/was in if clause?

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Re: 118/1000 [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2011, 08:04
so can we say that hypothetical subjunctive mood always uses were instead of was?
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Re: 118/1000 [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2011, 08:16
In this case yes. Was denotes past tense so cannot be used for subjunctive.
As per MGMAT, for a hypothetical subjunctive which follows condition if, were is used.
If I were a rich man...i would advise you to refer to MGMAT SC pg 112 for more detailed explanation on this topic.

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so can we say that hypothetical subjunctive mood always uses were instead of was?

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Re: Art museums do not usually think of their collections as [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2013, 12:27
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Re: Art museums do not usually think of their collections as [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2014, 23:42
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Re: Art museums do not usually think of their collections as [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2014, 10:46
This question is related to subjunctive 'would'. The 'if' clause would need a simple past tense, for the then clause to have 'would'.

(A) be generated if a portion of the capital would have been
'would have been' in IF clause is grammatically incorrect

(B) have been generated if a portion of the capital would have been
Same as (A)

(C) be generated if a portion of the capital were
Correct. 'were' is rightly used to denoted an hypothetical situation.

(D) be generated if a portion of the capital was
'were' required instead of 'was'

(E) be generated if a portion of the capital had been
'had been' is incorrect
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Re: Art museums do not usually think of their collections as [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2015, 21:22
This is more of subjunctive question than a SVA...
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