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A recent and popular self-help book wryly notes that if adolescence

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Re: A recent and popular self-help book wryly notes that if adolescence [#permalink]

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17 Aug 2017, 13:08
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A recent and popular self-help book wryly notes that if adolescence was not so painful, it would have a droll comedic aspect, at least in retrospect.

(A) was not so painful, it
(B) was not so painful, they
(C) were not so painful, they
(D) were not so painful, it
(E) were not so painful, being one

Whenever we use the subjunctive mood, a hypothetical or conditional mood, we would use the plural form of "was."
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16 Sep 2017, 22:45
sk88 wrote:
A recent and popular self-help book wryly notes that if adolescence was not so painful, it would have a droll comedic aspect, at least in retrospect.

(A) was not so painful, it
(B) was not so painful, they
(C) were not so painful, they
(D) were not so painful, it
(E) were not so painful, being one

Official Explanation

The original contains a verb mood error. “If adolescence was” is improper subjunctive. “Was” should not be used in an “if” clause indicating a hypothetical condition. "If adolescence were” is correct.

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) This choice has a verb mood error. “Was” should not be used in an “if” clause indicating a hypothetical condition; “were” would be correct. Also, the plural “they” can not refer to the singular “adolescence.”

(C) This choice correctly employs the subjunctive mood by stating “if adolescence were.” However, the plural “they” can not refer to the singular “adolescence.”

(D) CORRECT. The “if” clause properly uses the subjunctive mood, “if adolescence were.” The singular “it” refers to the singular “adolescence.

(E) This choice correctly employs the subjunctive mood by stating “if adolescence were.” However, “being one” is wordy and awkward; using “it” is preferable. “Being” is virtually always wordy and incorrect.
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29 Oct 2017, 04:00
On a side note: Manhattan Prep has this question listed under 700-800 category
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29 Oct 2017, 09:36
pra1785 wrote:
On a side note: Manhattan Prep has this question listed under 700-800 category

Very much possible...because there is a difference in attempting a question in an exam environment and as a discrete problem.

That's one of the potential reason why you would find many official questions categorized as "low" in gmatclub, yet they are presented in the last set in OG.

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