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The first decision for most tenants living in a building undergoing being converted to cooperative ownership is if to sign a no-buy pledge with the other tenants.

(A) being converted to cooperative ownership is if to sign
(B) being converted to cooperative ownership is whether they should be signing
(C) being converted to cooperative ownership is whether or not they sign
(D) conversion to cooperative ownership is if to sign
(E) conversion to cooperative ownership is whether to sign
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24 Aug 2004, 07:05
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Whether to sign- is the right usage here. When there is an alternative we need to use whether.
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24 Aug 2004, 08:43
Agree with E Geethu here. When given the alternative, avoid using "if". Pick "whether" instead
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24 Aug 2004, 09:10
unless there is a conditional statement do not use if.

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02 Sep 2015, 03:49
A B C eliminated for using being.

In case of an option, we should choose whether. if is used only for conditional statements. For example, if x then y.
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23 Feb 2016, 22:58
There is no such thing as ' avoid if'

If is use in case of conditions with certainties :

If it rains, I will take the cab.

In case of uncertain conditions : use whether

The President didn't know whether his cabinet will support him or not.
(Uncertain condition : Using if is wrong here )
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25 Feb 2016, 10:26
arirux92 wrote:
There is no such thing as ' avoid if'

If is use in case of conditions with certainties :

If it rains, I will take the cab.

In case of uncertain conditions : use whether

The President didn't know whether his cabinet will support him or not.
(Uncertain condition : Using if is wrong here )

To add more even we can skip the usage of "Or not" in whether statements.
I am unable to recall the exact source, but read somewhere as the usage of "or not" is redundant.
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Yes, "whether or not" is considered redundant on the GMAT.

Also, we don't want to say "undergoing being converted." Like most uses of "being," this is awkward and unnecessary. In this case, we have a simple noun--"conversion"--so there's no reason not to use that.
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12 Oct 2016, 10:08
Are there cases where the use of 'being' is accepted on the gmat?
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12 Oct 2016, 12:29
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Are there cases where the use of 'being' is accepted on the gmat?

Please go through this post -

https://e-gmat.com/blog/gmat-verbal/sen ... -questions
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