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Had the President’s Administration not lost the vote on the budget reduction package, his first year in office would have been rated an

A. Had the President’s Administration not lost the vote on the budget reduction package, his first year in office would have been rated an A.
B. If the Administration had not lost the vote on the budget reduction package, his first year in office would have been rated an A.
C. Had the President’s Administration not lost the vote on the budget reduction package, it would have been rated an A.
D. Had the President’s Administration not lost the vote on its budget reduction package, his first year in office would have been rated an A.
E. If the President had not lost the vote on the budget reduction package, the Administration’s first year in office would have been rated an A.
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I wonder why there is such hair-splitting on the issue. As far as meaning goes, there will be no situation when the president is seen as different from his admin nor has the admin got powers sans the president’s sanction. So I do not see much difference among A, B and D.
However, you can see how horribly each of the choices distorts the original meaning.
1. Keep A, the original content.
2. B. It does not even mention the President. Whose admin is it anyway?
3. Does the pronoun it stand for the package or the administration His first year is totally missing from the context
4. What is the difference between its budget reduction package and the budget reduction passge in D?. Its is good enough.
5. Why is the split between the President and the Administration in E?

Overall, I am afraid this topic takes us nowhere. If we ignore meaning , perhaps any choice other than C may be good enough as all seem to go by the copybook structure of the past subjunctive or the past conditional.
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12 Jul 2012, 23:22
C) Had the President’s Administration not lost the vote on the budget reduction package, it would have been rated an A.

I thought "it" refers to the "president's administration"

Throw some light on option C as why it is wrong.
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17 Jul 2012, 01:53
In my opinion, the Administration is used with the meaning : "a period of government", therefore it can not win or lose vote --> E is correct
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