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Not one of the potential investors is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the deal were not to be concluded.

A. is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the deal were

B. is expected to make an offer for buying First Interstate Bank until they sign a merger agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal was

C. is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement be signed by them with a provision for penalties if the deal were

D. are expected to make an offer for buying First Interstate Bank until it signs a merger agreement with a provision for penalties included if the deal was

E. are expected to be making an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until they sign a merger agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal were

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Re: Not one of the potential investors is expected to make an [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2013, 08:42
Please can anyone explain me why "were" is correct in option A, there should be a "was" after deal !!
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Re: Not one of the potential investors is expected to make an [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2013, 11:05
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Please can anyone explain me why "were" is correct in option A, there should be a "was" after deal !!

Generally when we are talking about a scenario whose occurrence of which we are unsure of, we would be using "were" rather than "was".
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Re: Not one of the potential investors is expected to make an [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2013, 12:38
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Not one of the potential investors is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the deal were not to be concluded.

A. is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the deal were

B. is expected to make an offer for buying First Interstate Bank until they sign a merger agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal was

C. is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement be signed by them with a provision for penalties if the deal were

D. are expected to make an offer for buying First Interstate Bank until it signs a merger agreement with a provision for penalties included if the deal was

E. are expected to be making an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until they sign a merger agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal were


In this one, I had a doubt : Was "Not one of the potential investors is" or "Not one of the potential investors are"?

In less than one minute, you can figue it out:

A. is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the deal were - Correct

B. is expected to make an offer for buying First Interstate Bank until they sign a merger agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal was - "For buying" is wrong

C. is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement be signed by them with a provision for penalties if the deal were - "Them" is wrong

D. are expected to make an offer for buying First Interstate Bank until it signs a merger agreement with a provision for penalties included if the deal was - "For buying" is wrong

E. are expected to be making an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until they sign a merger agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal were - "To be making" is wrong
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Re: Not one of the potential investors is expected to make an [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2014, 11:49
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Not one of the potential investors is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the deal were not to be concluded.

A. is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the deal were

B. is expected to make an offer for buying First Interstate Bank until they sign a merger agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal was

C. is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement be signed by them with a provision for penalties if the deal were

D. are expected to make an offer for buying First Interstate Bank until it signs a merger agreement with a provision for penalties included if the deal was

E. are expected to be making an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until they sign a merger agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal were


Hi e-Gmat

When we break the sentence into its clauses ;

Not one of the potential investors (Sub) is expected (verb) to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank

until a merger agreement (Sub) is signed (Verb)

that (Sub) includes (verb) a provision for penalties

if the deal (Sub) were (verb)not to be concluded.

Is this correct?

Question : What “that” is referring to? Agreement? Can “that” clause jump over the verb to modify noun?
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Not one of the potential investors is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the deal were not to be concluded.

If you go by meaning then absolutely 'that' refers to 'merger agreement'.

Even if you don't want to go by meaning but by structure.

Then yes the noun modifier can jump to modify far away noun if the critical predicate falls between.

Critical predicate=is signed
Subject=agreement
Modifier=that...

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Re: Not one of the potential investors is expected to make an [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2014, 12:42
Can "not one" be considered as "none"? In that case, the sentence should have read as None of the investors ARE expected.... Please advise.
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Re: Not one of the potential investors is expected to make an [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2014, 19:43
IDIOmT wrote:
Can "not one" be considered as "none"? In that case, the sentence should have read as None of the investors ARE expected.... Please advise.

Actually there indeed is some debate on whether none should be singular or plural. There are a couple of sentences in OG-13, indicating that GMAT considers none as singular:

#5: ..... perhaps none was more concentrated than...

#27: None of the attempts to specify the causes of crime explains.....

However, I have yet to come across a question, which actually expects test takers to choose between singular and plural verb (with the usage of none). Perhaps GMAT wants to stay clear of this topic, since there seems to be no absolute consensus among grammarians on this subject.
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Re: Not one of the potential investors is expected to make an [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2014, 23:48
In (C), does ''with'' need to be close to merger agreement as it modifies based on the touch rule.

Or is my logic wrong?
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