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1) While some academicians believe that business ethics should be integrated into every business course, others say that students will take ethics seriously only if it would be taught as a separately required course.

A) only if it would be taught as a separately required course
B) only if it is taught as a separate, required course
C) if it is taught only as a course required separately
D) if it was taught only as a separate and required course
E) if it would only be taught as a required course, separately

please explain the difference between B and C. This question is posted before but i dont understand the difference between B and C
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The difference between (B) and (C) is the placement of 'only', which changes the meaning. Let's start with (B).

B) only if it is taught as a separate, required course

The meaning of 'ethics will only be taught if...' is that the other alternative would be to not teach ethics. Notice the placement of 'only' is right before 'taught.'

C) if it is taught only as a course required separately

Here the debate is no longer whether ethics will be taught, but how it will be taught. Essentially (C) is saying that ethics will not be taught as a combined course or an integrated course, or any course for that matter. It will taught only as a separate course. This changes the original meaning of the sentence.

Hope that helps!
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B is the right one.

Understand the meaning. Removing modifiers and clauses, the sentence simply means "Students will take this subject seriously ONLY if it is taught as separate course."

C is flawed in multiple ways.
- Placement of 'only'
- "course required separately" doesn't mean the same thing as "separate, required course."
- In correct choice separate and required are two modifiers - adjectives - modifying the noun 'course'. Which is the right way.
- In C separately modifies verb require and acts as adverb. - wrong
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27 Aug 2012, 05:54
kudos for Chris. How about ' as separate, required course' in B. Is it acceptable in either standard English or GMAT to omit the conjunction 'and' in this case while neither appears to be a modifier of the other?
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07 Feb 2013, 07:28
when ever we see "if" we have to check whether the correct form of "will" is used.

it is easy to learn the explanation but is harder to get the question right. that is why we need skill. though learning skill is very fast, it is important. how to create skills is what we look for.

applying "whether" check, we can eliminate 3 choices soon.
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19 Nov 2013, 14:53
C, D and E change the meaning.

In A "if it would be" = wrong tense.

IMO B
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20 Nov 2013, 04:49
amgelcer wrote:
In A "if it would be" = wrong tense.

IMO B

Actually A itself is not very clear in terms of meaning, specifically "separately required course". The issue is that "separately" is an adverb, and so, will modify the adjective "required". So, this is suggesting as if it is "separately required".

The logical intent is that ethics should not be integrated but should have two different characteristics:
a) Separate (and not "integrated")
b) Required (basically "compulsory")

So, both "separate" and "required" should be adjectives, modifying the noun "course". Hence, "separate required course" is the correct usage.
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09 Dec 2013, 20:19
I am happy to help!
Rule: If...Then construction.
If Present......Then Present(is/am/are..etc)/May/Will

If Past...........Then Simple Past
Past Perfect......Would have.

So, As per the rule...A,D,E out.
Between B and C. C change the intended meaning.
So, B.

Hope this helps!
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