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If anyone at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated, or even suspected, the impending sale of the Koniko kelp processing plant, they would have advised owners of Koniko stock to unload all shares immediately.

(A) If anyone at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated
(C) If any people at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated
(E) If anybody at InterCom Financial Advisers anticipated

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04 Oct 2005, 19:01
rahulraao wrote:
If anyone at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated, or even suspected, the impending sale of the Koniko kelp processing plant, they would have advised owners of Koniko stock to unload all shares immediately.

(A) If anyone at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated
(C) If any people at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated
(E) If anybody at InterCom Financial Advisers anticipated

B for me.
A - wrong tense "would have"
C - "any people"?
D - same as C
E - wrong tense "anticipated" past perfect tense should be used, which you see used in B, hence my choice.
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04 Oct 2005, 19:41
B is correct with if-clause type 3: "if" can be eliminated with the condition of putting had/were/should in front of the if-clause.
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04 Oct 2005, 20:20
B for me.

D is good only if the comma before "the impending sale of the Koniko kelp processing plant" was removed. With the comma, D will sound very awkward.
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04 Oct 2005, 20:42
B.
A. would is incorrect.
B. correct.
C. same as A.
D. anybody????????????
E. need had because it is conditional....
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04 Oct 2005, 20:48
HIMALAYA wrote:
B.
A. would is incorrect.
B. correct.
C. same as A.
D. anybody????????????
E. need had because it is conditional....

I think B is not as good as D. The comma before 'the impending sale ...' means a short pause when you're reading it. In this sense, B would result in a very awkward sentence.
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04 Oct 2005, 21:12
ywilfred wrote:
HIMALAYA wrote:
B.
A. would is incorrect.
B. correct.
C. same as A.
D. anybody????????????
E. need had because it is conditional....

I think B is not as good as D. The comma before 'the impending sale ...' means a short pause when you're reading it. In this sense, B would result in a very awkward sentence.

hmmmmmmm.......

agree with the change but for different reason. to agree with they in IC, i think we need any people (plural) not anyone (anyone).
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05 Oct 2005, 01:04

A,B and E can be eliminated. The pronoun they have to refer to a plural noun.

So, left with C and D. I pick D since had anticipated refers to a prior event. If..people..had anticipated, they would have....
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05 Oct 2005, 01:10
I would go for D...because 'people' are plural..
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05 Oct 2005, 03:14
macca wrote:

A,B and E can be eliminated. The pronoun they have to refer to a plural noun.

So, left with C and D. I pick D since had anticipated refers to a prior event. If..people..had anticipated, they would have....

Pricisely my reasoning! OA is indeed D!
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05 Oct 2005, 07:26
I would have chosen D if the sentence were worded anyone or anybody rather than any people. Any people still doesn`t sound natural to me.

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06 Oct 2005, 06:22
I'm going with B

had anyone anticipated ==> if anyone had anticipated the sale, they would have

I don't think you can say, if any people...

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06 Oct 2005, 06:56
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I'm going with B

had anyone anticipated ==> if anyone had anticipated the sale, they would have

I don't think you can say, if any people...

I think given that anyone and anybody are all singular indefinite pronouns, they don't really go well with the pronoun 'they' later on in the sentence.
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06 Oct 2005, 21:48
rahulraao wrote:
If anyone at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated, or even suspected, the impending sale of the Koniko kelp processing plant, they would have advised owners of Koniko stock to unload all shares immediately.

(A) If anyone at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated
(C) If any people at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated
(E) If anybody at InterCom Financial Advisers anticipated

I shall go with B.

I have also have a question to this group, any sentence starting with "if" should have a "then" somewhere in the statement isn't it. This was how I chose my answer to B. I would appreciate if someone could clarify my doubt.

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