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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: Art museums [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2009, 10:01
It's C.
Mixes conditional and subjunctive.
E would be right if the answer choice is have been generated if a portion of the capital had been
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Re: Art museums [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2009, 21:31
The Oa is C ..If he WERE and not WAS is the correct construction.Hence B is out.
Could somebody tell me whats wrong with E?Its not clear.
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Re: Art museums [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2011, 11:41
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This is a typical question for non-native speakers who are learning English.
When we use the conditional for present situations that are not real (just assumptions). The construction is:
If (subject) (verb in simple past), (subject) WOULD (verb)
The only exception is the verb "to be". In that case, we ALWAYS should use WERE. It doesn't matter whether the subject is singular or it is "you".

For past situations, also not real:
If (subject) HAD (verb in past participle), (subject) WOULD HAVE (verb)...

Sometimes, being a non-native speaker is good for this type of exams.

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Re: Art museums do not usually think of their collections as [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2013, 02:34
when the condition is unreal , we use "were", not "was"
if I were you, I would learn gmat.

when the condition is still possible, we can use "was"
If the door was open, I would come in

this question is not good because both c and d can be correct
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Re: Art museums do not usually think of their collections as [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2013, 07:43
Hi Thang - actually you're wrong

D can not be correct. Metalica has explained why above.

I think this is a good question...
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Re: Art museums do not usually think of their collections as [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2014, 03:39
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