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Making the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime, if afforable, is one of the five obligations of devout Muslims.

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b) when it can be afforable

c) if they can afford it

d) when affordable

e) if it should be affordable

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Is it possible to see this question like "if (making the pilgrimage is ) affordable ?
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'If affordable' is too far from 'pilgrimage' to be used a its modifier.

Here, it looks like 'if affordable' is modifying 'lifetime'. More over the subject of the sentence is 'Muslims' so C is the winner.
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23 Mar 2012, 02:34
" if they can afford it" option C is right
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19 Sep 2015, 03:15
This is awkward.

In C ... whom does "they" refer to? The OA suffers from pronoun antecedent problem.

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03 Oct 2015, 05:37
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Making the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime, if affordable, is one of the five obligations of devout Muslims.

given sentence correctly uses if since there is a condition that if pilgrimage is affordable then making it is one of the five obligations of Muslims.

making the pilgrimage if affordable is not clear in meaning as it does not explain whom does it refer to.
affordable to whom...............answer is Muslims and that is nowhere indicated or mentioned.

b) when it can be affordable.............using when to refer unspecified time(once in lifetime) is incorrect usage.

c) if they can afford it................solves the problem by using pronoun they to refer Muslims.

d) when affordable..............same as A and B.

e) if it should be affordable............we cant use should in if clause and to whom is also not mentioned.

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03 Oct 2015, 09:44
Hi Mechmeera,

Muslims follows after they right.. what is your take on that? I have never seen a sentence where the pronoun precedes the antecedent. Can you kindly elaborate?

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Hi Mechmeera,

Muslims follows after they right.. what is your take on that? I have never seen a sentence where the pronoun precedes the antecedent. Can you kindly elaborate?

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If the pronoun contains one and only antecedent which is correct meaning wise,
then it is not important whether the pronoun precedes or succeeds the antecedent.

we generally prefer cases where pronoun appears after and closer to the antecedent.
but this is just a preference if available in options and not a rule to follow.

There are plenty of such cases where pronoun precedes the antecedent. This usage is correct.
You can get quite a few examples from OG itself.
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