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Art museums do not usually think of their collections as [#permalink]  15 Aug 2007, 17:11
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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

Portion of Captial ...is this singular or plural .. ?
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Re: SC 118 [#permalink]  15 Aug 2007, 17:15
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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

Portion of Captial ...is this singular or plural .. ?

C.
Capital is singluar. normally followed by is/was.
but here, since we are talking about conditional present tense we use the rule. if...were...would be...
It is like: If i were you I would go home.
regardless of the subject, in conditional clauses, u have to use plurar form of to be
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Anytime you see would, look for 'were' (Subjunctive mood).

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yup agreed the answer should be C. This is subjunctive mood so we need "were"
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Re: SC 118 [#permalink]  22 Feb 2008, 17:00
i thought we should use were because "portion of ..." plural!
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Re: SC 118 [#permalink]  23 Aug 2011, 11:09
IMO D , can anyone explain why is D wrong
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