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If current trends continue, by the year 2010 carbon [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2010, 23:34
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If current trends continue, by the year 2010 carbon emissions in the United States will soar to a level more than one-third higher than were those in 1990, according to official projections.
A. will soar to a level more than one-third higher than were those
B. will soar to a level more than one-third higher than that
C. would soar to a level more than one-third higher than is was
D. would soar to a level more than one-third higher than those
E. would soar to a level more than one-third higher than they were
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Re: carbon emissions in the United States [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2010, 23:49
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If current trends continue, by the year 2010 carbon emissions in the United States will soar to a level more than one-third higher than were those in 1990, according to official projections.
A. will soar to a level more than one-third higher than were those
B. will soar to a level more than one-third higher than that
C. would soar to a level more than one-third higher than is was
D. would soar to a level more than one-third higher than those
E. would soar to a level more than one-third higher than they were

I choose B.
First of all, we are dealing here with a singular subject (emissions level) and as such it requires a singular "that", not "those". On the basis of this, we can eliminate answer choices A, D, and E. Just by looking at C, you can simply rule it out ( is was). So, B is the correct answer.
This problem is yet another example of skimming the CAT in different ways. We can solve this problem by looking at "that" and "those" or we can look at the split between "will" and "would". If we consider the split between "will" and "would", the rule says to go for "will" because we are not dealing with a hypothetical case here and as such it doesn't warrant the use of "would". On the basis of this split, we can safely rule out answer choices C, D and E. Between A and b, we go for B because A uses the plural pronoun "those" inplace of "that"
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Re: carbon emissions in the United States [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 18:25
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The point here is, the hypothetical if..then statement.

if ( Present) trends continue result ( definite - so future will). This is a well defined if.. then structure. Similar structures exist for if (past) result (future past - would) and if (past perfect) result (future past perfect - would have ).

Seeing these structures one can figure out the answer option quite quickly.
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Re: carbon emissions in the United States [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 20:26
B.first its an if then construction so it needs will in then clause when if is in present tense.we need to compare "carbon emissions soaring" in 1999 with 2000
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Re: carbon emissions in the United States [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 22:15
Great question. Took sometime time to get to B but used the singular plural marker to arrive.
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Re: carbon emissions in the United States [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2010, 08:15
If current trends continue, by the year 2010 carbon emissions in the United States will soar to a level more than one-third higher than were those in 1990, according to official projections.
A. will soar to a level more than one-third higher than were those
B. will soar to a level more than one-third higher than that
C. would soar to a level more than one-third higher than is was
D. would soar to a level more than one-third higher than those
E. would soar to a level more than one-third higher than they were

level of carbon emissions is discussed here - so singular pronoun is required here.
we must use will rather than would, which is hypothetical, for future tense.
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Re: carbon emissions in the United States [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2010, 10:10
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Really nice work here, team! This one really comes down to two main points:

1) The "If x happens, then y will happen" construction - we need "will" and not "would"
2) We're forced to choose between "that in 1990" and "those in 1990", so we need to find the correct noun that "that/those" refers back to. We have some clues:

"more than one third higher" is the comparison. Can the "emissions" (the plural potential antecedent) really be higher than those previously? That would just mean that they're vertically higher in the atmosphere than before...that doesn't make logical sense. The "level", though, makes perfectly logical sense to be higher, so it really has to be "level", and therefore "that" not "those".

The comparison "more than" comes after the verb "soar", meaning that the object of the verb "soar" is going to have to be what's "more than" what came prior. Grammatically, that takes us again to "level", and "that" not "those".

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Re: If current trends continue, by the year 2010 carbon [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2011, 15:06
chose D, then figured that if----will so yea B for me
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Re: If current trends continue, by the year 2010 carbon [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2011, 09:25
will is needed. A is incorrect to use those. B.
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Re: If current trends continue, by the year 2010 carbon [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2014, 02:08
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If current trends continue, by the year 2010 carbon emissions in the United States will soar to a level more than one-third higher than were those in 1990, according to official projections.
A. will soar to a level more than one-third higher than were those
B. will soar to a level more than one-third higher than that
C. would soar to a level more than one-third higher than is was
D. would soar to a level more than one-third higher than those
E. would soar to a level more than one-third higher than they were


we can infer the intended meaning right when we read only the original choice. the meaning is the level of the year 2010 is higher than the level of the year previous.. This step require effort adn skillful.

"those" is wrong because we need a singular pronoun
"was,were" are wrong because ellipsis rule require that to use a form of to be in the second half of comparison, a form of to be needs to present in the first half of comparison.

both will and would can be used in present time, and would is less certain.
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