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SC :Due to the fact that Jordan wrecked Bono's station wagon

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SC :Due to the fact that Jordan wrecked Bono's station wagon [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2012, 04:20
Due to the fact that Jordan wrecked Bono's station wagon during a road trip last summer, she has not been and probably never would be allowed to drive her father's car.

(A) has not been and probably never would be allowed to drive
(B) has not been allowed to drive and probably never will be allowed to drive
(C) has not and probably never would be allowed to drive
(D) has not and probably will never be allowed to drive
(E) has not and probably never will be allowed to drive


OA given is B.
not getting why..
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Re: SC :Due to the fact that Jordan wrecked Bono's station wagon [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2012, 05:34
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Hi there,

Due to the fact that Jordan wrecked Bono's station wagon during a road trip last summer, she has not been and probably never would be allowed to drive her father's car.

Let’s first understand the intended meaning of the sentence. Jordan wrecked Bono’s station wagon during a road trip last summer. That is the reason why she has not been allowed to drive her father’s car. In all probability, even in future, she will not be allowed to drive her father’s car.

Error Analysis:

1. Jordan did something in the past the effect of which is still felt in the present. Hence, use of present perfect is correct. However, “and” presents a parallel list in here. The first entity in the list is incomplete because the verb tense has not been written in entirety.
2. Use of “would” presents condition here. “Probably” already presents condition. Per the intended meaning of the sentence, Jordan will probably never be allowed to drive her father’s car. To refer to this future event which is certain, we need “will” in place of would.

POE:
A. has not been and probably never would be allowed to drive: Incorrect for the reasons stated above.
B. has not been allowed to drive and probably never will be allowed to drive: Correct. The list has parallel entities and the verb tense is correct too.
C. has not and probably never would be allowed to drive: Incorrect. The correct tense is “has not been”. “been” is missing. Also, this choice repeats the errors of choice A.
D. has not and probably will never be allowed to drive: Incorrect. Repeats the verb tense error of choice C and parallelism error of choice A.
E. has not and probably never will be allowed to drive: Incorrect. Repeats the errors of choice D.

Hope this helps.
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Re: SC :Due to the fact that Jordan wrecked Bono's station wagon [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2012, 04:31
Shraddha: in the case above,how do we logically decide whether the event is certain or uncertain so as to justify the use of Would/will . Is there a general strategy to follow?
I find this a little tricky.

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