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If the salary cap of the National Basketball Association were to be removed, the cost of running a championship team would increase by at least two million dollars or more.

If the salary cap of the National Basketball Association were to be removed, the cost of running a championship team would increase by at least two million dollars or more

Were the salary cap of the National Basketball Association to be removed, the cost of running a championship team would increase by at least two million dollars

Was the salary cap of the National Basketball Association to be removed, the cost of running a championship team would increase by at least two million dollars or more

If the salary cap of the National Basketball Association was removed, the cost of running a championship team would increase by at least two million dollars

Should the salary cap of the National Basketball Association be removed, the cost of running a championship team would increase by at least two million dollars or more
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21 Jun 2005, 20:09
I choose B.
... increase by at least two million dollars or more sounds redundant.

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21 Jun 2005, 20:26
Agree with B. E is also likely but has redundent: ... \$2bn and more.
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21 Jun 2005, 22:19
A, C and E can be eliminated because 'or more' is redundant after 'at least'.
B & D both sound correct to me...B sounds better...but it'd be great if someone could give a reason for why one of the two is better than the other
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22 Jun 2005, 04:08
Yes it looks like B....Subjunctive is what is happening here
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22 Jun 2005, 05:30
the sentence consists of a main and a conditional clause. the conditional clause must contain "were" because it is the 2nd form of conditional, which describes unlikely situations. the main clause must contain "would". A) is indeed wrong because of redundancy.
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22 Jun 2005, 05:52
Which one is better? Be careful, i have modified E.

If the salary cap of the National Basketball Association were to be removed, the cost of running a championship team would increase by at least two million dollars or more.

B. Were the salary cap of the National Basketball Association to be removed, the cost of running a championship team would increase by at least two million dollars

E. Should the salary cap of the National Basketball Association be removed, the cost of running a championship team would increase by at least two million dollars
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22 Jun 2005, 09:46
I will go with D on this.

I am not very sure but here is what I read.

If things described in subjunctive mood are impossible and hypothetical, then "were" or "had" will be used.

But if things described in subjunctive mood are possible, then "was" can be used and is grammatically correct.

If you look at the answer choices "were and to be" do not go along well.

E looks impressive but I dont think it is grammtically correct because of atleast and more...
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22 Jun 2005, 12:50
OA is B

the rule of subjunctive applies...
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25 Jun 2005, 04:45
I am quite confused with sujunctive moods and if. Can someone please explain when are they applied & when are they not. Eg. in the following why is it not applied?

A wildlife expert predicts that the reintroduction of the caribou into northern Minnesota will fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is greater than one wolf for every 39 square miles.

Shouldn't it be "if the density ... were greater than"??

Kindly explain.
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25 Jun 2005, 21:01
"at least ... or more" is redundant.

D is wrong because of tense mix-up.

B for me
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27 Jun 2005, 05:47
I disagree with the OA.
B sounds awkward.
What is the source of this quesiton pls.
27 Jun 2005, 05:47
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