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Hi,
can you help me to solve this one.
in my opinion
1) there is no need for the Past perfect
2) Highlighted awkward parts.
862. Those with a cynical turn of mind might speculate if the new corporation, eager for profit, might not have started the rumor that caused its competitor to declare bankruptcy.
(A) speculate if the new corporation, eager for profit, might not have started
(B) speculate if the new corporation, eager for profit, had not started
(C) speculate if, in its eagerness for profit, the new corporation started
(D) wonder as to whether, in its eagerness for profit, the new corporation did not start
(E) wonder whether the new corporation, eager for profit, had started

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27 Nov 2009, 02:18
My answer is B. I believe the past perfect tense is necessary
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27 Nov 2009, 04:39
Ayrish wrote:
Hi,
can you help me to solve this one.
in my opinion
1) there is no need for the Past perfect
2) Highlighted awkward parts.
862. Those with a cynical turn of mind might speculate if the new corporation, eager for profit, might not have started the rumor that caused its competitor to declare bankruptcy.
(A) speculate if the new corporation, eager for profit, might not have started
(B) speculate if the new corporation, eager for profit, had not started
(C) speculate if, in its eagerness for profit, the new corporation started
(D) wonder as to whether, in its eagerness for profit, the new corporation did not start
(E) wonder whether the new corporation, eager for profit, had started

OA
[Reveal] Spoiler:
E

Two different times in past, so, we need past perfect. A, C, D out

Between B and E, i pick E.

Whether need, instead of IF. Sencnces with IF look uncompleted. IF create condition. But then we need something if this condition comes true. Here we miss second part.

BTW, from my GMAT experience, WHETHER is virtually always preferable to IF
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05 Mar 2010, 05:16
I pick E. as whether is more preferable to if
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05 Mar 2010, 07:43
Ayrish wrote:
Hi,
can you help me to solve this one.
in my opinion
1) there is no need for the Past perfect
2) Highlighted awkward parts.
862. Those with a cynical turn of mind might speculate if the new corporation, eager for profit, might not have started the rumor that caused its competitor to declare bankruptcy.
(A) speculate if the new corporation, eager for profit, might not have started
(B) speculate if the new corporation, eager for profit, had not started
(C) speculate if, in its eagerness for profit, the new corporation started
(D) wonder as to whether, in its eagerness for profit, the new corporation did not start
(E) wonder whether the new corporation, eager for profit, had started

OA
[Reveal] Spoiler:
E

I pick E.

A,B,C are out for the use of 'IF'. We can use IF only when we use a condition.
In the above sentence, Compitetor had already filed for bankruptcy. and the sentence is checking what are the causes for the competitor bankruptcy. So, we need to use whether.
If the sentence were to say that the compitetor will file for bankruptcy IF the corporation has eagerness to profit, then, we can use IF.

IF can be used only for condition. Whether should be used when accessing to options.
So, D & E use whether

D has modifier issue. So, only choice left is E
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choice is between whether and if
choose whether when we have to talk about uncertainty.
now we have 2 option.in which E is correct
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20 Jan 2011, 10:47
E for me. whether i better than if
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21 Jan 2011, 00:13
E for me. "If" is awkward, so A,B and C is out. D is saying "NOT started" which i feel is incorrect
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02 Feb 2011, 20:06
E because 'if' is used for hypothetical situations only. 'whether' is needed in this sentence. D changes the meaning and is wordy.
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03 Feb 2011, 00:57
IMO E
As many of my friends has rightly mentioned that whether is used when we want to indicate uncertainity of an event, whereas "if" is used to depict and option situation or condition.

Moreover, if you notice in the question stem, we need to emphasize the fact that rumor was spread before the bankruptcy. Hence, the use of "Past perfect tense" is justified.

Also, the usage of " rumor might not started..." is awkward. Generally active voice is used in accusation mode, whereas passive or negative sentence is used in defence.
Like you may say :
1) xyz person may have committed the mistake. ( Here you are accusing the person)
on the other hand you will say
2) xyz person may not have committed the mistake ( This statement comes when someone has already accused the person, and you are trying to defend him).

I hope the logic is correct. Thanks !!
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03 Feb 2011, 06:08
E it is for me As others have said above, 'whether' is preferred over 'if'
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