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Public companies will be required to raise their governance [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2011, 07:38
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Public companies will be required to raise their governance game if they want to be able to compete against private firms

A) Public companies will be required to raise their governance game if they want to be able to compete against private firms.
B) Public companies should raise their governance game if they wish to compete with private firms.
C) Public companies would need to raise their governance game if they wish to compete against private firms.
D) Public companies have to need to raise their governance game if they are to be in competition with private firms.
E) Public companies will need to raise their governance game if they are to compete with private firms.
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Re: Public companies - SC Grail [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2011, 06:46
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However, in E, why is the mix up of an active voice in the main clause and a passive voice in the sub clause, thus flouting the tenet of //ism?
If they are to’ looks more informal to me than formal.
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Re: Public companies - SC Grail [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2011, 06:53
The second clause is conditional right? That's why i was thinking 'would' is more appropriate in the first clause 'Public companies would need to raise'
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Re: Public companies - SC Grail [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2011, 10:40
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I'm not crazy about this question--none of the answers is quite GMAT style--but it does push us to consider if...then construction.

When an if...then sentence represents a general rule with no uncertainty, use IF present THEN present. When an if...then sentence represents a particular future case with no uncertainty, use IF present THEN future. (For other if...then constructions not relevant to this question, see the Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction Strategy Guide, page 112-113)

For this sentence, I'd incline toward IF present THEN future, because this sentence seems to be about a particular case. I might accept IF present THEN present if all the IF present THEN future answers have other grammatical problems. So I'll eliminate C for sure, and B tentatively.

OK, for concision I'm going to choose compete over be able to compete or be in competition, so there go A and D.

That leaves E. I don't think B is terrible, but I'd have to go with E.

A small additional point: raise their...game is too colloquial for real GMAT SC.
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Re: Public companies - SC Grail [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2011, 16:10
E is correct...B and C use "would" and "should" not correct. A is wordy and D uses "have to need".
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Re: Public companies - SC Grail [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2011, 16:24
what is the rule with "would" and "should".. are they never to be used? Or in which situatiations are they necessary?

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Re: Public companies - SC Grail [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2011, 16:49
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what is the rule with "would" and "should".. are they never to be used? Or in which situatiations are they necessary?

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When you have an "if...then..." construction don't use "would" in the "if" clause, and don't use "should" at all. See pg 113 in Mgmat SC book.
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Re: Public companies - SC Grail [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2011, 16:58
Thanks MichaelS for explaining.
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Re: Public companies - SC Grail [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2011, 17:31
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jeprince112 wrote:
what is the rule with "would" and "should".. are they never to be used? Or in which situatiations are they necessary?

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When you have an "if...then..." construction don't use "would" in the "if" clause, and don't use "should" at all. See pg 113 in Mgmat SC book.


Thank you :) I think that sounds familiar now, I read that book a little while back but haven't really reviewed my notes.
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Re: Public companies - SC Grail [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2011, 02:37
jeprince112 wrote:
what is the rule with "would" and "should".. are they never to be used? Or in which situatiations are they necessary?

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Use will to refer to some event that will happen in the future in relation
to the present and use would to refer to the future in the past.


Should‘ is almost always used incorrectly in English to refer to an event
that will or might happen in the future. Remember that ‗should‘ is only
used to give your recommendation or suggestion.
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Re: Public companies - SC Grail [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2011, 02:40
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Straight C for me.



Arghh. Should have marked E :x
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Re: Public companies will be required to raise their governance [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2011, 21:35
I took it E... a good explanation by ARZAD. thanx..
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Re: Public companies - SC Grail [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2013, 21:23
MichaelS wrote:
I'm not crazy about this question--none of the answers is quite GMAT style--but it does push us to consider if...then construction.

When an if...then sentence represents a general rule with no uncertainty, use IF present THEN present. When an if...then sentence represents a particular future case with no uncertainty, use IF present THEN future. (For other if...then constructions not relevant to this question, see the Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction Strategy Guide, page 112-113)

For this sentence, I'd incline toward IF present THEN future, because this sentence seems to be about a particular case. I might accept IF present THEN present if all the IF present THEN future answers have other grammatical problems. So I'll eliminate C for sure, and B tentatively.

OK, for concision I'm going to choose compete over be able to compete or be in competition, so there go A and D.

That leaves E. I don't think B is terrible, but I'd have to go with E.

A small additional point: raise their...game is too colloquial for real GMAT SC.


Hi Michael,
Why not B? what is wrong with it?

Also, is 'if they are to' a correct grammatical construction?
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