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If the searing report released by the Kato Foundation was [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2010, 14:37
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If the searing report released by the Kato Foundation was correct, the perceived correlation with the tax cuts of the President and the creation of new jobs is just that: a perception, with no basis in facts.

A) If the searing report released by the Kato Foundation was correct, the perceived correlation with the tax cuts of the President

B) Should the searing report released by the Kato Foundation be correct, the perceived correlation of the President’s tax cuts

C) If the searing report released by the Kato Foundation is correct, the correlation that has been perceived between the tax cuts of the President

D) If the searing report released by the Kato Foundation is correct, the perceived correlation between the President’s tax cuts

E) Should the searing report released by the Kato Foundation have been correct, the correlation perceived between the President’s tax cuts
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Re: If Vs should [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2010, 14:39
My question - Manhattan SC guide says that in hypothetical situations if + present tense should be followed by then + will present tense

If she wins the lottery, she will give the prize to me

Why this if-then rule doesn't apply in this sentence
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Re: If Vs should [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2010, 21:23
I think the "If..Then.." construction in this SC is not hypothetical (unlikely or unreal condition). Rather, this sentence can be classified as "(1) General Rule with no uncertainty" (page 112 MGMAT SC 4th edition).
Furthermore, this sentence, I believe, is testing the idiomatic construction "perceived correlation BETWEEN X and Y"
Only D and E correct this idiomatic error. E introduces the awkward and incorrect "present perfect tense".
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Re: If Vs should [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2010, 21:54
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Firstly, the non – underlined portion includes the conjunction - and – necessitating the use of the correlative - between --- and – structure. Hence the choice has to be between C and D.

Next issue here is which expression is correct: the correlation that has been perceived between the tax cuts of the President or the perceived correlation between the President’s tax cuts. Concise expression seeks the latter rather than the former and hence D is the right answer
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