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The brother of the Titanic's captain asked after the sinking: what should his life have been if he had not been lured into that last, fateful voyage?

A) what should his life have been if he had not been lured into that last, fateful voyage?

B) what will his life have been if he were not lured into that last, fateful voyage?

C) what would his life have been if he had not been lured into that last, fateful voyage?

D) what could his life have been had not he been lured into that last, fateful voyage?

E) what would his life be if he had only resisted the lure of that last fateful voyage?
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13 Jan 2009, 19:06
I believe its C, 'would his life have been' appears to be correct.
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13 Jan 2009, 21:40
vscid wrote:
The brother of the Titanic's captain asked after the sinking: what should his life have been if he had not been lured into that last, fateful voyage?

A) what should his life have been if he had not been lured into that last, fateful voyage?
B) what will his life have been if he were not lured into that last, fateful voyage?
C) what would his life have been if he had not been lured into that last, fateful voyage?
D) what could his life have been had not he been lured into that last, fateful voyage?
E) what would his life be if he had only resisted the lure of that last fateful voyage?

Thats C for unreal past condition.
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14 Jan 2009, 04:30
Confused between C and D. But, I guess, D is wrong because of "had not".
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14 Jan 2009, 08:42
C seems to the best choice ...but not able to eliminate choice based on logic/grammar rule ..
Can anybidy elaborate the reason pls ..
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14 Jan 2009, 09:51
The grammar rule is simple:

When we talk about "if" in the past, we use unreal conditionals, like this:

If you had hurried more, you wouldn't have been late for the class.

The event in the if-clause didn't actually happen, so we will use unreal conditionals of past; past perfect in the if-clause, and "would + present perfect" in the main clause.
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14 Jan 2009, 20:57
sandipchowdhury wrote:
The grammar rule is simple:

When we talk about "if" in the past, we use unreal conditionals, like this:

If you had hurried more, you wouldn't have been late for the class.

The event in the if-clause didn't actually happen, so we will use unreal conditionals of past; past perfect in the if-clause, and "would + present perfect" in the main clause.

But, option D also meets this criteria....right?
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15 Jan 2009, 00:29
I dont think so.
Option D uses "could" instead of "would".
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19 Jan 2009, 01:27
sandipchowdhury wrote:
I dont think so.
Option D uses "could" instead of "would".

If I am not mistaken, MGMAT SC guide says that both "would" and "could" can be used in such a case.
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