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For many people, household labor remains demanding even if able to afford household
appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
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(A) even if able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
(B) despite being able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a
miracle
(C) even if they can afford household appliances their grandparents would have found
miraculous
(D) although they could afford household appliances their grandparents would find
miraculous
(E) even if they are able to afford household appliances which would have been a miracle
to their grandparents
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11 Mar 2011, 06:57
The SC is checking for tense, pronoun ambiguity.

B goes out for "being".
E - "which" spoiler
"find" is present tense - A and D gone.

C remains.

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For many people, household labor remains demanding even if able to afford household
appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
.
(A) even if able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
(B) despite being able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a
miracle
(C) even if they can afford household appliances their grandparents would have found
miraculous
(D) although they could afford household appliances their grandparents would find
miraculous
(E) even if they are able to afford household appliances which would have been a miracle
to their grandparents
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11 Mar 2011, 08:12
i didnt got why "find" is present tense...
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Between “would find” and “would have found” the difference lies in that, “would find” denotes a definite future possibility, but one that has still not started to exist, while “would have found” points to something that started in the past and that might well carry into the future. Hence given that it is grandparents who are involved, “would have found” fits in more aptly than “would find”.

Hence we have to drop choices A, B and D. Between C and E, the passive expression “they are able” is an inferior one to the more dynamic and active “they can”. C is the decisive winner.
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08 Sep 2012, 19:55
whichscore wrote:
For many people, household labor remains demanding even if able to afford household
appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
.
(A) even if able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
(B) despite being able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a
miracle
(C) even if they can afford household appliances their grandparents would have found
miraculous
(D) although they could afford household appliances their grandparents would find
miraculous
(E) even if they are able to afford household appliances which would have been a miracle
to their grandparents

Can some one explain me they and their (pronoun) reflect to People or to the labor?
How one can find out tense problem is there in the sentence?
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For many people, household labor remains demanding even if able to afford household
appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
.
(A) even if able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
(B) despite being able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a
miracle
(C) even if they can afford household appliances their grandparents would have found
miraculous
(D) although they could afford household appliances their grandparents would find
miraculous
(E) even if they are able to afford household appliances which would have been a miracle
to their grandparents

Can some one explain me they and their (pronoun) reflect to People or to the labor?
Allways pay attention to the logical antecedent for the pronoun. Here they/their definitely refer to people. If it refers to labor it does not make any sense (labor dont have grandparents). Ex- The car hits the tree and its engine is damaged. (Here it refers to car, and not tree. Tree dont have engine)
How one can find out tense problem is there in the sentence?

Clause 1: For many people, household labor remains demanding (Independent) Tense is present
Clause 2: even if able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle. (Dependent with contrast) the subject "they" is misssing here.

(A) even if able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle. Subject is missing- dont know who can afford
(B) despite being able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle. Subject is missing- Dont now about the subject.
(C) even if they can afford household appliances their grandparents would have found miraculous. Correct Choice- Usage of Can (present tense). The main/Principal clause is in present.
(D) although they could afford household appliances their grandparents would find miraculous. Wrong tense used "could"
(E) even if they are able to afford household appliances which would have been a miracle to their grandparents. Usage of which without comma
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24 Oct 2015, 01:41
whichscore wrote:
For many people, household labor remains demanding even if able to afford household
appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
.
(A) even if able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
(B) despite being able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a
miracle
(C) even if they can afford household appliances their grandparents would have found
miraculous
(D) although they could afford household appliances their grandparents would find
miraculous
(E) even if they are able to afford household appliances which would have been a miracle
to their grandparents

I missed this question. pls explain the use of "would have found" in choice C. thank you very much.
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28 Aug 2016, 08:45
For non-native English speakers like me, what should one be aware of to get this kind of question right?

I was wiggling my head around

1. "if-then" structure - and realized it is not conditional sentence
2. No pronoun ambiguity.
3. Not other grammatical rules that I learned helped me .

How to tackle these kind of questions on the real GMAT?
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29 Aug 2016, 21:51
In which way is "their grandparents would have found miraculous" connected to "household appliances"?
I have selected choice E because I thought in C the pronoun "which" is missing. When can we leave out the relative pronoun?

Thank you for clarification.
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21 Jan 2017, 06:49
whichscore wrote:
For many people, household labor remains demanding even if able to afford household
appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
.
(A) even if able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
(B) despite being able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a
miracle
(C) even if they can afford household appliances their grandparents would have found
miraculous
(D) although they could afford household appliances their grandparents would find
miraculous
(E) even if they are able to afford household appliances which would have been a miracle
to their grandparents

I was able to narrow this down to 'C' and 'E',but went for 'E' as I thought that 'which' is necessary to modify 'appliances' and in 'C' their grandparents is not modifying 'appliances'?

Can any one please throw some light on this aspect.Want a clear understanding of this.
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