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OPEC had long been expected to announce a reduction in output to bolster saggin oil prices, but officials of the organization just recently announced that the group will pare daily production by 1.5 million barrels by the beginning of next year, but only if non-OPEC nations, including Norway, Mexico, and Russia, were to trip output by a toal of 500,000 barrels a day.

A. year, but only if non-OPEC nations, including Norway, Mexico, and Russia, were to trip output

B. year, but only if the output of non-OPEC nations, which includes Norway, Mexico, and Russia, is trimmed

C. year only if the output of non-OPEC nations, including Norway, Mexico, and Russia, would be trimmed

D. year only if non-OPEC nations, which includes Norway, Mexico, and Russia, were trimming output

E. year only if non-OPEC nations, including Norway, Mexico, and Russia, trim output

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19 Jul 2005, 12:27
Voted for (B)
Tense: will....only if ... is.....
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20 Jul 2005, 12:26
Agree with E.

B is wrong because of the "Russia, is trimmed(???by who????) "

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20 Jul 2005, 13:16

Dilshod, there is no need for "but only" in the answer choice, as only conveys the same meaning, so A and B are out. Of the remaining choices, E is concise and conveys the meaning perfectly.

choice C is wrong because of the phrase "would be trimmed" and D is wrong because of the phrase "were trimming output"
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20 Jul 2005, 13:23
Yes, E it is

It will (future tense) followed by if clause (present tense)
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20 Aug 2011, 20:02
+1 E

the second "but" is wrong. This is a conditional clause.
"would" is not right in the "if" part of a conditional clause.
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