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A financial analyst predicts that the government bailout of a bank would fail if the proportion of home loan exposure in that bank is more than 40 percent of its total exposure

A)would fail if the proportion of home loan exposure in that bank is more than
B)would fall provided the proportion of home loan exposure in that bank is more than
C)should fail if the home loan exposure in that bank was greater than
D)will fail if the proportion of home loan exposure in that bank is greater than
E)will fail if the home loan home loan exposure in that bank were more than
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This question tests 2 concepts namely "Will Vs Would" and "Greater vs More"

Concept 1: Bank Loan exposure is countable, hence the greater would be more appropriate

A financial analyst predicts that the government bailout of a bank would fail if the proportion of home loan exposure in that bank is more than 40 percent of its total exposure

Concept 2: Now the non-underlined portion of the stem is simple present, hence "will" ie simple future should be used in the conditional sentence

Option D corrects both these errors: will fail if the proportion of home loan exposure in that bank is greater than
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Can we use 'will' with predicts ? Isn't would better suited ?
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A financial analyst predicts that the government bailout of a bank would fail if the proportion of home loan exposure in that bank is more than 40 percent of its total exposure

A)would fail if the proportion of home loan exposure in that bank is more than (Need simple future tense for prediction)
B)would fall provided the proportion of home loan exposure in that bank is more than (Same as A)
C)should fail if the home loan exposure in that bank was greater than (Same as A)
D)will fail if the proportion of home loan exposure in that bank is greater than (Correct)
E)will fail if the home loan home loan exposure in that bank were more than (Same as A)

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Shruti0805 wrote:
Can we use 'will' with predicts ? Isn't would better suited ?


If "clause" ,then "clause" --------> follows certain rules

If "present tense",simple present or will clause
If "past tense" , simple past or would clause
If "past perfect",would have clause
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A financial analyst predicts that the government bailout of a bank would fail if the proportion of home loan exposure in that bank is more than 40 percent of its total exposure

A)would fail if the proportion of home loan exposure in that bank is more than
B)would fall provided the proportion of home loan exposure in that bank is more than
C)should fail if the home loan exposure in that bank was greater than
D)will fail if the proportion of home loan exposure in that bank is greater than
E)will fail if the home loan home loan exposure in that bank were more than

if then construct

if present tense then present tense/future tense
if past tense then would +verb
only D fits the bill
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Can we use 'will' with predicts ? Isn't would better suited ?


Using "predict" with "would" would be redundancy.

The analyst predicts that bailout WILL fail... correct
The analyst predicts that bailout WOULD fail.. redundancy

(Words such as believe, predict, fear, envisage etc. already imply hypothesis - use of "would" with such words is redundant.)
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