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It is an early question from the SC1000. What is the explanation for the answer of the following question?

A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but that they will, or could, be made sufficiently safe in the future.
(a) that they will, or could,
(b) that they would, or could,
(c) they will be or could
(d) think that they will be or could
(e) think the power stations would or could

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29 Jan 2007, 03:29
To me, A-D all sound as if the people will be made safe but the sentence is trying to say that the power plants can be made safer in the future.

E is correct, not the greatest answer but the most clear of the choices!
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29 Jan 2007, 06:11
"but that they" they is ambiguously referring to either powerstations or journalists.

E is the best answer wherein it specifically (think the power stations would or could) points to powerstations.

Would and could is used because of the uncertainty about the safety.
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29 Jan 2007, 06:47
According to me, the answer is E. But the solutions for the SC-1000 say its D.
For me D is a clearly no-no as the pronoun "they" does not tell whether it is the international journalists or the nuclear power stations.
Same thing which VAGMAT and axl_oz said.

Aurobindo since ur answer matched the SC1000 solutions set, how/why did u eliminated option E?
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29 Jan 2007, 07:05
D is my answer. We need 'think' and 'that' both so that sentence makes sense. Rest of the choices doesn't express meaning

gmatirp wrote:
It is an early question from the SC1000. What is the explanation for the answer of the following question?

A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but that they will, or could, be made sufficiently safe in the future.
(a) that they will, or could,
(b) that they would, or could,
(c) they will be or could
(d) think that they will be or could
(e) think the power stations would or could

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03 Feb 2007, 12:37
Hi,
Even I wondering on how D could be the best choice ?

In D, the descendants of pronoun 'they' is not clear. Is it referring to the jounalist or the powerstation ..?

I do agree that "think that' sounds better than "think the .." but I think the pronoun error should overscore the above error.

I will go for E.
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03 Feb 2007, 12:40
Also " think that " is not a part of idioms so it can't be vouched that it is correct. Another reason for E.
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04 Feb 2007, 00:29
Swagatalakshmi wrote:
D !

My ans is also D. "Will" is more apporiate than "wolud" when it comes along with could. Since "they" comes in the subordiante cluase ,it clearly refers to powerplants.
Let me know if i m worng.

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04 Feb 2007, 01:14
Hi Senthil,
Can you please explain a bit more on that..

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04 Feb 2007, 02:42
looking at the question first, I thought E) may be right answer.

But, with the experience I had with some of official guide questions, I am wondering may be D) could be the correct answer.

I found that on some of the questions I was over-focusing on the Pronoun errors while ignoring the other errors. In those choices, usually most of the choices have ambiguous pronoun references but the choice with the correct pronoun reference has some other error like incorrect idiom. And the answer choice was the one with ambiguous pronoun.
I will try to post that question if i find that.

So I have decided to check for the pronoun error in the choices only after confirming that there are no other types of errors like "verb tense", "idioms", "subject-verb agreement" ..etc.

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04 Feb 2007, 07:52
Of course clear choice is between D & E.
E has 'that' missing and the 'they' in D is bit ambigous.

Also, 'will be' makes more sense in D. Since we've introduced
a relative pronoun (that) in the underlined section, I would assume that 'they' is referring to the noun immediately following 'that'. So, D is my answer.
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04 Feb 2007, 08:06
Hi Folks,

Yes I think the correct is D. My reasoning goes as follows :

As per the parellelism rule, think that they will be or could be sounds parellel as compared to would and could be.
Also, as far as the pronoun antecedant is concerned, they does clearly refers to power plants
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Re: SC: Nuclear Power Plants [#permalink]

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13 Feb 2007, 08:13
gmatirp wrote:
It is an early question from the SC1000. What is the explanation for the answer of the following question?

A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but that they will, or could, be made sufficiently safe in the future.
(a) that they will, or could,
(b) that they would, or could,
(c) they will be or could
(d) think that they will be or could
(e) think the power stations would or could

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I think that "they" in D could refer to either power plants or journalists. But since it is closest to power stations let's just say that its "close enough" to not eliminate it for that reason and look at other errors.

It has to be D because Will/Would and Could have to make sense without the other in the sentence.
Break it out:
..journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but that they WILL be made sufficiently safe in the future.

..journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but that they COULD be made sufficiently safe in the future.

So it has to be WILL not WOULD. Would does not make sense here because "would" is used with past tense conditional statements (From Manhattan GMAT)
If she WON the lottery she would give all the money to charity
If she WINS the lottery she will give all the money to charity

In our sentence we have the verb "view"
Journalists VIEW power stations as unsafe at present but that they WILL be made sufficiently safeâ€¦.

Yes? No?
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30 Jun 2007, 21:47
gmatirp wrote:
It is an early question from the SC1000. What is the explanation for the answer of the following question?

A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but that they will, or could, be made sufficiently safe in the future.
(a) that they will, or could,
(b) that they would, or could,
(c) they will be or could
(d) think that they will be or could
(e) think the power stations would or could

Thanks beforehand.

This question is pretty simple.

A&B are all wrong because the choices are missing a verb to connect it to but.

In choice C, they is ambiguous. they can refer to power stations or journalists.

D is correct. think is a verb that we need to connect the phrases. that is used to start a restrictive clause. this is how we know that they refers to power stations.
There is also parallelism between will be and could be.

A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but think that they will be or could be made sufficiently safe in the future.

E is wrong because it is not parallel.
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01 Jul 2007, 00:30
bmwhype2 how can you be sure that the restrictive clause "THAT" ensures that we are talking about power plants and not journalists

The sentence with that same restrictice clause could have been:

A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but think that they can be wrong.

In that case they referring to journalists.

I am favorable to D but i still do not hold a complete grasp
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08 Jul 2007, 07:33
What if an answer choice would have been like

but think the power stations will or could be made (...)

?

Would it be correct? Are "will" and "could" parallel?
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08 Jul 2007, 09:39
'they' does not have a clear referrrent.
So, only E survives.
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08 Jul 2007, 10:43
I like D over E b/c it includes the future tense "will be." The last part of the sentence, "in the future" calls for it.
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08 Jul 2007, 11:43
Thanks Buckkitty. Excellent explanation. Without this explanation I was inclined to E but now firmly for the D.
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20 Jul 2007, 06:58
wow! I'm still not convinced by D.

In my opinion, "they" is ambiguous

I think people are trying to justify D because it is the OA.

Also, I don't understand how would or could are not parallel
20 Jul 2007, 06:58

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