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A majority of observers interviewed see the Middle East as unstable at present but that it will, or could, become less volatile in the future.

(A) that it will, or could,
(B) that it would, or could,
(C) it will be or could
(D) believe that it will be or could
(E) think the Middle East would or could
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Our answer should start with a verb because a parallel sentence should read... Observers see (one thing) but (believe/think) something else for the future.

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A majority of observers interviewed see the Middle East as unstable at present but that it will, or could, become less volatile in the future.
A)that it will, or could, "that" doesn't work. "and that" or "but that" requires a prior "that" for parallelism, but there is no prior "that."
B)that it would, or could, same problem as A
C)it will be or could no verb to be parallel to "see"
D)believe that it will be or could Good enough. "Believe" is parallel with "see."
E)think the Middle East would or could "would" is incorrect. "Would" is reserved for past tense and conditionals.

Hope that helps.
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Even my first instinct was to choose D but what about the "will be"? if u take the ",or could" part the sentence will read as "it will be become less..". is this correct??
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Even my first instinct was to choose D but what about the "will be"? if u take the ",or could" part the sentence will read as "it will be become less..". is this correct??


"it will be become less" would definitely be wrong.
In this sentence you can take out "or could become" and our sentence reads, "...will be less volatile...", which is fine. Notice that in D there are no commas, so we are not restricted to only removing "or could."
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A majority of observers interviewed see the Middle East as unstable at present but that it will, or could, become less volatile in the future.
A)that it will, or could,
B)that it would, or could,
C)it will be or could
D)believe that it will be or could
E)think the Middle East would or could
can anyone please help to solve this

but in D could is also used which is past form of verb and in E COULD AND WOULD are parallel. please correct me if i am wrong
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A majority of observers interviewed see the Middle East as unstable at present but that it will, or could, become less volatile in the future.
A)that it will, or could,
B)that it would, or could,
C)it will be or could
D)believe that it will be or could
E)think the Middle East would or could
can anyone please help to solve this

but in D could is also used which is past form of verb and in E COULD AND WOULD are parallel. please correct me if i am wrong

Yeah, it's tricky. "Would" is only used for past tense or for conditional -- not for for simple present or simple future. "Could," on the other hand, can be used in the present or future tense (in addition to the past and the conditional).
For example, the sentence,
"Bill could be the ugliest person alive." is in the present and makes sense (present possibility), but
"Bill would be the ugliest person alive." is incomplete and incorrect;
for the second sentence to work we need to add a conditional or an indication that the sentence is in the past, such as, "Bill would be the ugliest person alive, if Tom, the current titleholder, died."(conditional) or "As a child, Bill had no idea he would one day become the ugliest person alive." (past tense)
So, "could" and "would" are not necessarily parallel even though they sound alike. Since this question's sentence is clearly not in the past or conditional, then "would" can not be used.
(Btw, no offense to any Bill or Tom out there) :)
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thanks a lot sir

No problem, thanks for the Kudos!
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I think E is better
D change the tenses, will and could are different.
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Please help to answer below two questions:
- Is clause "X believes that ABC will be become less volatile" correct?
- Can we use would and could here? I think 'could' looks ok but not sure about 'would'.

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Please help to answer below two questions:
- Is clause "X believes that ABC will be become less volatile" correct?
- Can we use would and could here? I think 'could' looks ok but not sure about 'would'.

thanks in advance!


First, "will be become" does not make sense - it should be "will become". In Option D "will be" and "could become" are parallel (i.e. will be less volatile or could become less volatile).

Now, coming to your question about "would" and "could":

"Would" may indicate a hypothetical event in future.
"Could" may indicate an event (in future) that is possible but not certain.

The word "believe" already indicates a hypothesis. Therefore use of "would" with "believe" is redundant... "beliveve that + will" is correct.

However, "could" can go with "believe" because one may believe that an event is possible, but not certain.

(Note: "believed that + would" is also correct - here "would" does not imply a hypothetical case but is used as the past tense of "will".)
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First, "will be become" does not make sense - it should be "will become". In Option D "will be" and "could become" are parallel (i.e. will be less volatile or could become less volatile).


Hi sayantanc2k Sir,

I too did not pick option D, because of "will be become" ..

If the option D here is not a typo error, what should be the correct answer then ?
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For me it was also clearly between D & E.

I picked "D" and here's a big reason why: "E" repeats "Middle East". I've noticed that, on some hard questions, GMAT would prefer using a pronoun than rewrite the same noun more than one time in a sentence.

Verbal Experts, please correct me if I'm wrong.

Also, when I was confirming my choice, I notice the sentence is predicting some future event. Since this is the case, "will" is preferred to "would". "Would" is primarily used for hypotheticals, whereas "will" is a strong verb that indicates something to happen in the future.

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A majority of observers interviewed see the Middle East as unstable at present but that it will, or could, become less volatile in the future.
A)that it will, or could,
B)that it would, or could,
C)it will be or could
D)believe that it will be or could
E)think the Middle East would or could
can anyone please help to solve this


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For me it was also clearly between D & E.

I picked "D" and here's a big reason why: "E" repeats "Middle East". I've noticed that, on some hard questions, GMAT would prefer using a pronoun than rewrite the same noun more than one time in a sentence.

Verbal Experts, please correct me if I'm wrong.

Also, when I was confirming my choice, I notice the sentence is predicting some future event. Since this is the case, "will" is preferred to "would". "Would" is primarily used for hypotheticals, whereas "will" is a strong verb that indicates something to happen in the future.

Kudos if you find helpful :)

On the right track, LakerFan24! In choice (E), the verb "think" (A majority of observers think the middle east...) is in the present tense and thus should not be followed by the conditional ("would become"); instead, the future tense ("will become") should be used. Consider the following examples involving multiple tense:

Correct: I think the test will be easy. (present + future)
Incorrect: I think the test would be easy. (present + conditional)
Correct: I thought the test would be easy. (past + conditional)
Incorrect: I thought the test will be easy. (past + future)

Thus, choice (E) needs to be eliminated because of the incorrect use of multiple tenses.
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My question is "A majority of observers" is singular or plural.According to the question its plural (verb :see) ,Is it plural because of "a number of vs the number of " rule or is it a typo?
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