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# If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe was marooned on an island

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If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe was marooned on an island [#permalink]  15 May 2011, 07:13
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If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe was marooned on an island with an eclectic mix of palms, he could eat dates and coconut meat, relax in a palm recliner in his palm-post bungalow under a palm-thatch roof, buff his palm-plank surfboard with carnauba palm wax and watch a palm-fringed sunset.

A. If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe was marooned on an island with an eclectic mix of palms, he could eat dates and coconut meat, relax in a palm recliner in his palm-post bungalow under a palm-thatch roof,

B. If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe was marooned on an island with an eclectic mix of palms, he could eat dates and coconut meat, relaxing in a palm recliner in his palm-post bungalow under a palm-thatch roof,

C. If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe were marooned on an island with an eclectic mix of palms, he could eat dates and coconut meat, relax in a palm recliner in his palm-post bungalow under a palm-thatch roof,

D. If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe were marooned on an island with an eclectic mix of palms, he could eat dates and coconut meat, relaxing in a palm recliner in his palm-post bungalow under a palm-thatch roof,

E. If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe was marooned on an island with an eclectic mix of palms, he could eat dates and coconut meat, to relax in a palm recliner in his palm-post bungalow under a palm-thatch roof,
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Re: robinson crusoe [#permalink]  16 May 2011, 00:11
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if were.... relax...buff and watch parallel.

C is clean here.

Could/ Would

I could have owned a Ferrari, if I were rich.
I would have owned a Ferrari,if I were rich.

Could - essentially shows just an ability.
Would - shows more of an intention than the ability.

Intentions may or may not be met.Hence would is used in subjunctive cases which are impossible or never happened in the past.

'Could' here shows Robinson's ability here more than his intention thus a better usage.
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Re: robinson crusoe [#permalink]  19 Jul 2011, 06:31
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if you have MGMAT SC book, have a look at subjunctive mood.
basically, it means that for hypothetical "If I" or "If he/she" construction "were" is used..have a look at Ron's explanation on this link: http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/sc- ... t9436.html
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Re: robinson crusoe [#permalink]  15 May 2011, 07:22
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oh, this has been discussed before , but my doubt still remains, i want to know the difference between the usage of would and could. doesn't would sound better here with the right option ?

looking at the future from the past , that's the rule for the usage of would .
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Re: robinson crusoe [#permalink]  19 Jul 2011, 04:02
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good explanation for could vs would, amit2k9! +1
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Re: robinson crusoe [#permalink]  19 Jul 2011, 16:02
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Good question. I agree that C is correct, but about D, can't we enter a modifier in between in a parallel construction? I mean what is wrong with, "I could eat meat,( while) relaxing on the recliner.."?

It's possible, but probably you would change the meaning of the sentence.
Nothing tells you that those all actions are performed at the same time.
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Re: robinson crusoe [#permalink]  15 May 2011, 17:27
agree with D
but don't we need comma before "and" ?!
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Re: robinson crusoe [#permalink]  16 May 2011, 07:17
ok that explanation makes sense . +1 for this
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Re: robinson crusoe [#permalink]  16 May 2011, 07:51
C because of parallelism- he could eat...relax...buff...and watch. and also the hypothetical if...were construction.
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Re: robinson crusoe [#permalink]  19 Jul 2011, 04:27
Can anybody explain why "and" is not needed before "relax"?
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Re: robinson crusoe [#permalink]  19 Jul 2011, 05:02
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Can anybody explain why "and" is not needed before "relax"?

because relax is not the last word in the parallel construction. the sentence continues after the underlined portion with "watch" and the last parallel work. look at sesamemochi's post.
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Re: robinson crusoe [#permalink]  19 Jul 2011, 05:40
What is this hypothetical if...were construction??
Am i missing something??
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Re: robinson crusoe [#permalink]  19 Jul 2011, 12:01
Good question. I agree that C is correct, but about D, can't we enter a modifier in between in a parallel construction? I mean what is wrong with, "I could eat meat,( while) relaxing on the recliner.."?
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Re: robinson crusoe [#permalink]  19 Jul 2011, 15:59
+1 C

Parallelism.
This type of conditionals requires "were", not "was".
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Re: robinson crusoe [#permalink]  19 Jul 2011, 23:11
vinayrsm: Thanks for the explanation about hypothetical if...were construction!!
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Re: robinson crusoe [#permalink]  23 Aug 2011, 17:34
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vinayrsm wrote:
if you have MGMAT SC book, have a look at subjunctive mood.
basically, it means that for hypothetical "If I" or "If he/she" construction "were" is used..have a look at Ron's explanation on this link: http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/sc- ... t9436.html

I 'd be more accurate: in this case WERE is used in all of the voices (I, you, he.....) because is an hypothetical situation....theory. and not only because we have IF
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Re: robinson crusoe [#permalink]  26 Aug 2011, 00:03
Eliminated ABE in 3s, got C in 20...is this really 700+ level?
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Re: robinson crusoe [#permalink]  27 Aug 2011, 03:54
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yup.for sure.........maybe for you is simple to spot the errors...good for you amazing

But this one is a 700 level question
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