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# If Bruno was less persistent in his pursuit of truth, he

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4. If Bruno was less persistent in his pursuit of truth, he would survive his conflict with the Holy Inquisition

A: If Bruno was less persistent in his pursuit of truth, he would survive his conflict with the Holy Inquisition
B: If Bruno would have been less persistent in his pursuit of truth, he would have survived his conflict with the Holy Inquisition
C: If Bruno had been less persistent in his pursuit of truth, he would survive his conflict with the Holy Inquisition
D: Were Bruno less persistent in his pursuit of truth, he would have survived his conflict with the Holy Inquisition
E: Had Bruno been less persistent in his pursuit of truth, he would have survived his conflict with the Holy Inquisition
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24 Jul 2005, 20:13
ritesh or ranga,

could you please explain why C is wrong?

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24 Jul 2005, 20:22
forumsmba wrote:
ritesh or ranga,

could you please explain why C is wrong?

thanks

In C the sentence starts with a past perfect and ends with a "would" in future...I do not know how to frame that structure but it is clearly a NO
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24 Jul 2005, 20:25
E for me

in subjunctive mood, if you use 'if xxx had done' to express an unreal
condition in the past, then you would need to use 'someone would have done' structure. You cannot just use 'someone would do something' structure.
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24 Jul 2005, 21:27
gmat2me2,

thanks for the explanation. I missed that second part of the sentence didn't have "would have". Could you tell me if the following would be correct:

-If Bruno had been less persistent in his pursuit of truth, he would have survived his conflict with the Holy Inquisition

thanks.
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25 Jul 2005, 01:40
A - No - wrong verb usage
B - keep
C - No - wong verb usage
D - "Were" is the wrong usage
E - Keep

B/w B and E, E is more concise
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25 Jul 2005, 02:45
B and E were my picks too, just like Gandy...

I like B for the if/then statement, but I am not sure that "if Bruno would have been" in answer B is better than E's response...

So I choose E finally.
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25 Jul 2005, 04:13
E is good and fixes the tenses in conditional sentence.
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25 Jul 2005, 05:00
What is wrong with A and D.

A has no tense issues.

It follows the following rule:

If <past tense> Then <would/could> + base verb.

D shows the "hypothetical" condition. E.g: If i were you.....Albeit, starting with "were" is wierd.

I was torn between A, D and E. And all three choices follow the grammar rules. I'd like to see why "A" and "D" are wrong.
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25 Jul 2005, 08:06
Another one for E. Eveyrone pretty much covered why it's E.
25 Jul 2005, 08:06
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