GMAT TIGER wrote:
Contrary to the scholarly wisdom of the 1950’s and
early 1960’s that predicted the processes of
modernization and rationalization would gradually
undermine it, ethnicity is a worldwide phenomenon
of increasing importance.
(A) would gradually undermine it
(B) to be a gradual undermining of it
(C) would be a gradual undermining of ethnicity
(D) to gradually undermine ethnicity
(E) gradually undermining it
A. rest have flaws.
I have read somewhere that if there is "would" in the statement look for "were" and vice versa. Is it correct? taken this example I selected E because it does not have "would".