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A patient accusing a doctor of malpractice will find it difficult to prove damage if there is a lack of some other doctor to testify about proper medical procedures.

(A) if there is a lack of some other doctor to testify
(B) unless there will be another doctor to testify
(C) without another doctor’s testimony
(D) should there be no testimony from some other doctor
(E) lacking another doctor to testify
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Originally posted by vannu on 05 Jun 2009, 09:14.
Last edited by hazelnut on 25 Sep 2017, 18:49, edited 3 times in total.
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In my view, (B) is wrong.

After searching the usage of "unless" on the internet, then I found this example:

"Unless she hurries up, we won't arrive in time."

You'll see that it uses present simple tense in the unless clause, and uses future tense (will not) in the Then clause.

Then look at this problem, you'll see that it already uses "will" in the Then Clause. Therefore, it is not able to use future tense again in the Unless clause.

The same structure of If...Then is also in the MGMAT SC.
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22 Aug 2010, 08:07
Unless grammar rules:
http://www.edufind.com/english/grammar/IF9.cfm
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02 Jan 2013, 22:37
Please explain why is b wrong? unable to understand..
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02 Jan 2013, 23:23
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Sachin, Regarding choice (B)
The construction "A patient .. will find it difficult, unless there will be another doctor..." is incorrect. Unless requires present tense.

Example:
Correct: I will not do X UNLESS there IS Y.
Wrong: I will not do X UNLESS there WILL BE Y.
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06 Aug 2014, 05:08
CharuKapoor wrote:
A patient accusing a doctor of malpractice will find it difficult to prove damage if there is a lack of some other doctor to testify about proper medical procedures.

(A) if there is a lack of some other doctor to testify
(B) unless there will be another doctor to testify
(C) without another doctor's testimony
(D) should there be no testimony from some other doctor
(E ) lacking another doctor to testify

This sentence provides a condition: A patient will find it difficult to prove damage if he/she doesn't have testimony of another doctor. --> Answer should clearly identify the condition. --> D&E is eliminated.
A. Yes, there's condition here, but "some other doctor" isn't correct. "Some other" should go with "doctors" --> incorrect.
B. Main clause (A patient... will find it difficult...) has "will" --> unless should have simple tense. --> incorrect
C. Concise and clear --> correct
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11 Aug 2014, 08:19
mun23 wrote:
CharuKapoor wrote:
A patient accusing a doctor of malpractice will find it difficult to prove damage if there is a lack of some other doctor to testify about proper medical procedures.

(A) if there is a lack of some other doctor to testify
(B) unless there will be another doctor to testify
(C) without another doctor's testimony
(D) should there be no testimony from some other doctor
(E ) lacking another doctor to testify

A and B is redundant
D is awkward
E here lacking wrongly modifying damage
Thus C is the correct answer
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@mun - How is B redundant?? I think it is correct, but C is more compact. GMAT prefers compact answers over lengthy statements.
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mehulsayani wrote:
mun23 wrote:
CharuKapoor wrote:
A patient accusing a doctor of malpractice will find it difficult to prove damage if there is a lack of some other doctor to testify about proper medical procedures.

(A) if there is a lack of some other doctor to testify
(B) unless there will be another doctor to testify
(C) without another doctor's testimony
(D) should there be no testimony from some other doctor
(E ) lacking another doctor to testify

A and B is redundant
D is awkward
E here lacking wrongly modifying damage
Thus C is the correct answer
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@mun - How is B redundant?? I think it is correct, but C is more compact. GMAT prefers compact answers over lengthy statements.

Hey mehulsayani,

I don't think that B is redundant. B is incorrect because B uses "will" in the "unless" clause. Let's take an example. I will go fishing unless it rains. Unless clause is simply the conditionnal clause. Hence, "will" shouldn't be used.

Hope it's clear!
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04 Apr 2015, 07:38
B is wrong, because we cannot use the future tense in 'if' clauses.
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14 Sep 2015, 11:48
What's wrong with A?

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14 Sep 2015, 21:18
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I think the only problem with A is that it is wordy as compared to C. Official guide also says this.
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Would agree with Tarun: without another doctor's testimony is just more concise and elegant than if there is a lack of some other doctor to testify.
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27 Mar 2018, 02:48
Is this question not testing If-Then construction, with 1st wart of the sentence in will and 2nd part in If
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