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28 Jun 2010, 09:13
Thank you Sarai,

I got the right answer because of the tense issue (are and not have been) in (B) -- just as you clearly described above. So the take-away is that GMAC will NOT trick you with an answer choice like the following:

(F) whether tourists will continue to visit game parks to see rhinoceroses once their horns have been

But even if (F) was present, I would still pick (C) since the latter is the more unambiguous of the two choices. I guess that's why they ask you to pick the "best" answer of the choices given, and not necessarily the "absolute correct" choice.
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28 Jun 2010, 23:27
studying modal auxiliary verbs will definitely help here.

can, could
may, might
shall, should
will, would
must, must

where could, might, should, and would are either used as past tense form or conditional form.

must is all 3: present tense (since the word mote is archaic), past tense, and conditional.
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29 Jun 2010, 11:26
One more vote for D + kudos for Sarai
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Can anyone explain the difference behind "will be" and "would be" here?

I understand the answer is D because of parallelism. I was wondering if E was rewritten as "think that the power stations would be or could"

Which one would the GMAT prefer?

Someone please explain the difference between 'will be' and 'would be'

When the subject makes a prediction you have to use Simple present and the modal (Will, can, may, should or might) + the base form of the verb.

If I take an extra course each semester, I should graduate a semester earlier.

When the subject Speculates about something (unlikely to happen) you have to use the past tense + the modal (could, might, would) + base form of the verb

If I won the lottery, I would quit my job and travel the world

When the subject speculates about something that didn't happen in the past it is used the past perfect and the modal (could have, might have, would have) + past participle

If I had won the lottery, I would have quit my job and traveled the world.

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01 Jan 2011, 09:39
(C)

A. whether tourists will continue to visit game parks and see rhinoceroses after their horns are
B. whether tourists will continue to visit game parks to see one once their horns are
C. whether tourists will continue to visit game parks to see rhinoceroses once the animals horns have been --> RIGHT
D. if tourists will continue to visit game parks and see rhinoceroses once the animals horns are
E. if tourists will continue to visit game parks to see one after the animals horns have been
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15 Feb 2011, 01:30
How is would not correct? The survey happened in the past and it is reasonable to assume that the views were also expressed then. Prediction for the future in the past is correctly expressed by "would".

Also "power station" makes the reference clear. Although, it could be argued that Power stations can't think so the "they" in D refers to the journalists.
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29 Aug 2011, 02:44
'Will be' denotes future, 'could be' denotes a possibility. Hence D.
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28 Dec 2011, 08:06
can some one explain in detail whats wrong with B?
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28 Dec 2011, 12:50
offbeat question. D is just better.

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A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but that they will, or could, be made sufficiently safe in the future.
(A) that they will, or could,
(B) that they would, or could,
(C) they will be or could
(D) think that they will be or could
(E) think the power stations would or could

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19 May 2012, 04:25
A, B, and C are clearly wrong because they involve a missing verb after 'but'

Between D and E, D is better because it uses the correct tense 'will' instead of 'would'. Second, there is a missing 'be' after 'would'.

D it is.
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19 May 2012, 09:51
I agree. D is the correct answer . This is the only sentence that makes complete sense.
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A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but that they will, or could, be made sufficiently safe in the future.

Error Analysis:

Conjunction “but” joins two independent clauses. But we have a dependent clause after “but” that does not connect too well with the preceding independent clause. The meaning of the sentence is not very clear from the way this sentence has been written.

POE:

Choice A: that they will, or could,: Incorrect for the reasons stated above.

Choice B: that they would, or could,: Incorrect. Same errors as in choice A.

Choice C: they will be or could: Incorrect. Pronoun “they” appears as the subject of the second independent clause and “a majority of the international journalists surveyed” is the subject of the first independent clause. The placement of “they” is such that it refers to the subject of the first independent clause that makes the sentence illogical.

Choice D: think that they will be or could: Correct.

Choice E: think the power stations would or could: Incorrect. Use of “would” is incorrect in this sentence. When the reported speech is in the present tense then the future tense verb in the statement should be “will”. “would” is used when the reported speech is in the past tense. In this choice the reported speech “think” is in present tense. Hence the verb “will” should be used here and not “would”.

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03 Jun 2012, 21:41
Doesn't "They" in the option D give an impression that it is referring to "journalists" instead of "Power Stations"

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A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but that they will, or could, be made sufficiently safe in the future.
(A) that they will, or could,
(B) that they would, or could,
(C) they will be or could
(D) think that they will be or could
(E) think the power stations would or could

i am with E.
a. Pronoun they is referring to Journalists or powerstations : not clear
b.Pronoun they is referring to Journalists or powerstations : not clear
c.Pronoun they is referring to Journalists or powerstations : not clear
d.Pronoun they is referring to Journalists or powerstations : not clear
e. correct and would or could are parallel.

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22 Aug 2012, 04:24
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A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but that they will, or could, be made sufficiently safe in the future.

Error Analysis:

Conjunction “but” joins two independent clauses. But we have a dependent clause after “but” that does not connect too well with the preceding independent clause. The meaning of the sentence is not very clear from the way this sentence has been written.

POE:

Choice A: that they will, or could,: Incorrect for the reasons stated above.

Choice B: that they would, or could,: Incorrect. Same errors as in choice A.

Choice C: they will be or could: Incorrect. Pronoun “they” appears as the subject of the second independent clause and “a majority of the international journalists surveyed” is the subject of the first independent clause. The placement of “they” is such that it refers to the subject of the first independent clause that makes the sentence illogical.

Choice D: think that they will be or could: Correct.

Choice E: think the power stations would or could: Incorrect. Use of “would” is incorrect in this sentence. When the reported speech is in the present tense then the future tense verb in the statement should be “will”. “would” is used when the reported speech is in the past tense. In this choice the reported speech “think” is in present tense. Hence the verb “will” should be used here and not “would”.

Hope this helps.
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according to above point, usage of "could" should also be incorrect as it is a past tense construction

another point, i eliminated D) because "will" cannot be parallel to "could", "will" is parallel to "can" and "would" is parallel to "could"

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28 Aug 2012, 07:30
its bxn C or D...... As only these 2 maintain the correct Parallelism.... WILL BE OR COULD BE

D: Journalists view X (stations are unsafe) ............BUT ........... They think Y -------- Parallel

what can they refer back to ............. Unanimously Journalists and not stations ( because stations cannot THINK - NOTE the following verb )

now scanning the latter half ie Y

THey will be........OR.......could be made safe

Now the intent of the sent scores over : Can journalists be made safe ------ Guess no ; Thus here they only can refer back to Stations.

Leading to D - my take.

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egmat wrote:
Hi All,

A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but that they will, or could, be made sufficiently safe in the future.

Error Analysis:

Conjunction “but” joins two independent clauses. But we have a dependent clause after “but” that does not connect too well with the preceding independent clause. The meaning of the sentence is not very clear from the way this sentence has been written.

POE:

Choice A: that they will, or could,: Incorrect for the reasons stated above.

Choice B: that they would, or could,: Incorrect. Same errors as in choice A.

Choice C: they will be or could: Incorrect. Pronoun “they” appears as the subject of the second independent clause and “a majority of the international journalists surveyed” is the subject of the first independent clause. The placement of “they” is such that it refers to the subject of the first independent clause that makes the sentence illogical.

Choice D: think that they will be or could: Correct.

Choice E: think the power stations would or could: Incorrect. Use of “would” is incorrect in this sentence. When the reported speech is in the present tense then the future tense verb in the statement should be “will”. “would” is used when the reported speech is in the past tense. In this choice the reported speech “think” is in present tense. Hence the verb “will” should be used here and not “would”.

Hope this helps.
Thanks.

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Can you please explain more about this . I am still not clear on how they is not ambigous. Though i am convinced that in option E , will should be used , i am not convinced for option B

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26. A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but that they will, or could, be made sufficiently safe in the future.

(A) that they will, or could,
(B) that they would, or could,
(C) they will be or could
(D) think that they will be or could
(E) think the power stations would or could

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Again I am having same doubt , I had PM'ed 2-3 GMAT instructors long back but no one replied my luck

This was my query will be glad if someone explain this :

"This is regarding the pronoun antecedent rule . I have one query regarding that.

When we are 100% sure that a pronoun refer backs to a particular noun, I mean it depends on person to person how they interpret.

For example:

The city lights when turned on disturb many residents so they are turned off. (This is ambiguity that residents are turned off, or it is self understood that lights are turned off).
The city lights when turned on disturb many residents so they turn them off. (Who turn Whom off? or it is also self understood that residents turn city lights off).

Plz quote a thumb rule ."
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