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Distinguished architecture requires the expenditure of large sums of money, even if it is by no means certain that the expenditure of large sums of money produce distinguished architecture.
(A) even if it is by no means certain that the expenditure of large sums of money produce
(B) even if it is by no means certain that the expenditure of large sums of money will produce
(C) even though there is no certainty that the expenditure of money in large sums produces
(D) even though it is by no means certain that the expenditure of large sums of money produces
(E) though there is no certainty as to the expenditure of money in large sums producing

Why is C wrong?What's wrong with it?
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06 Jun 2005, 08:28
is it D?
C reverse the meaning of the sentence
From "it is absolutely certain"
to "there's NO CERTAINTY"
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06 Jun 2005, 09:41
The only good choices are B and D

I will pick B over D because of if and will.
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06 Jun 2005, 10:19
gmat2me2 wrote:
I would stick with A

the expenditure of large sums of money produce

Don't think use of subjunctive mood would be correct since the clause beginning with "that" is introduced by the locution "it is CERTAIN".
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06 Jun 2005, 13:28
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Distinguished architecture requires the expenditure of large sums of money, even if it is by no means certain that the expenditure of large sums of money produce distinguished architecture.
(A) even if it is by no means certain that the expenditure of large sums of money produce
(B) even if it is by no means certain that the expenditure of large sums of money will produce
(C) even though there is no certainty that the expenditure of money in large sums produces
(D) even though it is by no means certain that the expenditure of large sums of money produces
(E) though there is no certainty as to the expenditure of money in large sums producing

Why is C wrong?What's wrong with it?

Interesting problem.
(A) is grammatically incorrect because of singular/plural disagreement: expenditure ... produce
(E) is weird, wordy, cumbersome, twists the meaning. Rule it out.

The rest are trickier.

(C) is not grammatically incorrect, and no single piece of it is quite unidiomatic. I can see why someone might have trouble ruling it out. But I'd say its the wrong choice. "It is by no means certain" is a more common, better-sounding way of expressing that thought than saying "there is no certainty". Perhaps you'd consider "it is by no means certain" an idiom, I'm not sure.

By the same token, it sounds better and is more common to say "the expenditure of large sums of money" than to say "the expenditure of money in large sums." The latter is kind of a stylized way of expressing the thought to shift the stress, that a mystery novelist might use, but it's not appropriate to this sentence.

Put those two things together, and B and D simply sound much better than C.

Finally I'd pick (B) over (D) becuase the conditional "will produce" is preferable to the flat, present tense "produces". We can analyze what the expenditure of money produces -- so there's no need for uncertainty. But we don't not know what the expenditure will produce in the future, hence the uncertainty that this sentence expresses.
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06 Jun 2005, 15:22
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gmat2me2 wrote:
I would stick with A

the expenditure of large sums of money produce

Don't think use of subjunctive mood would be correct since the clause beginning with "that" is introduced by the locution "it is CERTAIN".

Yes it should be "produces"......My fault

Supercat.....that was pretty neat explanation
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06 Jun 2005, 15:43
OA is D
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06 Jun 2005, 18:32
(A) even if it is by no means certain that the expenditure of large sums of money produce
- singular expenditure, plural produce -> out.

(B) even if it is by no means certain that the expenditure of large sums of money will produce

(C) even though there is no certainty that the expenditure of money in large sums produces
- money in large sums is not idiomaitc

(D) even though it is by no means certain that the expenditure of large sums of money produces

(E) though there is no certainty as to the expenditure of money in large sums producing
- money in large sums is not idiomaitc

Between B and D, I'll go with D. 'even though' is more appriate in this sentence than 'even if'

D it is.
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07 Jun 2005, 09:33
The traps in this SC are as follows:

1. Usage of 'if'. if should be used only for conditional sentences of the form 'if X then Y'.

A - wrong. usage of 'if'.

B - wrong. usage of 'if'.

C - wrong. What if the same amount of money is spent in small sums.

D - RIGHT.

E - wrong. What if the same amount of money is spent in small sums.
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07 Jun 2005, 09:33
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