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If the ice of Greenland and Antarctica were to melt, the sea [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2005, 14:44
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If the ice of Greenland and Antarctica were to melt, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet or more.

A. ....

B. Were the ice of Greenland and Antarctica to melt, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet.

C. Was the ice of Greenland and Antarctica to melt, the sea level woudl rise at least 100 feet or more.

D. If the ice of Greenland and Antarctica was melting, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet.

E. Should the ice of Greenland and Antarctica melt, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet or more.
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Re: SC ice [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2005, 15:37
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If the ice of Greenland and Antarctica were to melt, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet or more.

A. ....

B. Were the ice of Greenland and Antarctica to melt, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet.

C. Was the ice of Greenland and Antarctica to melt, the sea level woudl rise at least 100 feet or more.

D. If the ice of Greenland and Antarctica was melting, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet.

E. Should the ice of Greenland and Antarctica melt, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet or more.


A for me...Subjunctive

If...were....would...
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2005, 16:34
'A' has the correct form of the subjunctive mood - ' IF A were to happen' followed by the 'B would occur'
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2005, 16:46
We're testing a conditional sentence here. The if clause is the first phrase: "If the ice of Greenland and Antarctica were to melt" and the then clause: "the sea level would rise at least 100 feet or more. "

In such conditional sentence, the 'to be' verb always take the form of 'were'. We have that in (A). Since the if clause is in the past tense, the correct form of the 'then clause' would have to be 'would + base verb" and we have that in (A) "would rise"

A it is.
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I will go with 'B'
'A' 'at least 100 feet or more' seems to be redundant - at least 100 feet will suffice.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2005, 18:00
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I will go with 'B'
'A' 'at least 100 feet or more' seems to be redundant - at least 100 feet will suffice.

You're right, I missed out the 'more', the use of which is redundant.

B is correct, as the opening phrase constitues a 'if' clause well (subjunctive - i.e. tsting a condition that is contrary to the truth)
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2005, 20:12
Absolutely!!!

Choice Bis the best......Or more id redundant
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2005, 08:03
OA is B.

This is a tough one- starting the sentence with Were the ice... just does not sound correct and threw me off.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2005, 08:13
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OA is B.

This is a tough one- starting the sentence with Were the ice... just does not sound correct and threw me off.


As far as I know, it is usual in GMAT to structure a hypothetical period this way, so get used :-D
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2005, 08:21
KristinHR wrote:
OA is B.

This is a tough one- starting the sentence with Were the ice... just does not sound correct and threw me off.


I believe this is a conditional sentence with a hidden if clause and a hidden then clause. The if clause is given by the 'were' and since it's in the past tense, the then clause would have to be would/could + base verb
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2005, 09:27
thearch- I will keep that in mind, thanks! I am just starting my GMAT preparation and plan to take the test in a few months.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2005, 10:49
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