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# A simple truth about children is that if they feel loved and protected

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28 Oct 2013, 01:32
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A simple truth about children is that if they feel loved and protected, they would generally behave well.

A) if they feel loved and protected, they would generally behave well
B) if they feel loved and protected, their behavior will be generally good.
C) they generally behave well if they feel loved and protected
D) if they loved and protected, they would generally behave well
E) they will generally be well-behaved if they feel loved and protected

OA : (C)

Please provide explanation if you agree with OA, as i don't seem to grasp the explanation given by gmat tutor.
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28 Oct 2013, 02:23
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A simple truth about children is that if they feel loved and protected, they would generally behave well.

A) if they feel loved and protected, they would generally behave well --the use would indicates that the author beliefs that children wouldn't behave well or its a hypothetical situation
B) if they feel loved and protected, their behavior will be generally good.---changes the meaning on the original sentence w/o any logical reason for doing so.
C) they generally behave well if they feel loved and protected-seems ok
D) if they loved and protected, they would generally behave well--no main verb
E) they will generally be well-behaved if they feel loved and protected

This is a IF......(then) construction
C says--> they behave well (present) if they feel loved & protected (present)--correct

E says --> they will be well-behaved (future) if they feel loved & protected (present) Future tense is not required
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28 Oct 2013, 02:24
nick28 wrote:
A simple truth about children is that if they feel loved and protected, they would generally behave well.

A) if they feel loved and protected, they would generally behave wellas the underlined part is in present tense would is wrong
B) if they feel loved and protected, their behavior will be generally good.they will generally behave good -- would have been better here
C) they generally behave well if they feel loved and protectedCorrect usage of Present tense
D) if they loved and protected, they would generally behave wellwould is wrong here
E) they will generally be well-behaved if they feel loved and protected"will generally" and "they feel loved and protected" -- Future and present wrong usage they both should be parallel

OA : (C)

Please provide explanation if you agree with OA, as i don't seem to grasp the explanation given by gmat tutor.
Thanks!

As the underlined part is in Present tense, Would will not come as it is something about future in the past.
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nick28 wrote:
Please provide explanation if you agree with OA, as i don't seem to grasp the explanation given by gmat tutor.
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Hi

Though there is no time difference between the both underlined things. since we are discussing with things that are true in present, so we use simple present at both place. Also it is ok to reverse the If, then construction. Here in C the reversed version is used.

"they generally behave well if they feel loved and protected"

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28 Oct 2013, 02:32
abhinav11 wrote:
nick28 wrote:
A simple truth about children is that if they feel loved and protected, they would generally behave well.

A) if they feel loved and protected, they would generally behave wellas the underlined part is in present tense would is wrong
B) if they feel loved and protected, their behavior will be generally good.they will generally behave good -- would have been better here
C) they generally behave well if they feel loved and protectedCorrect usage of Present tense
D) if they loved and protected, they would generally behave wellwould is wrong here
E) they will generally be well-behaved if they feel loved and protected"will generally" and "they feel loved and protected" -- Future and present wrong usage they both should be parallel

OA : (C)

Please provide explanation if you agree with OA, as i don't seem to grasp the explanation given by gmat tutor.
Thanks!

As the underlined part is in Present tense, Would will not come as it is something about future in the past.

Hi Abhinav, could you pls. elaborate your query, if you are still unclear.
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27 Jun 2017, 08:45
Hi, in general, is " that + if " construction correct ?
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28 Jun 2017, 13:01
It's hard to make general rules about such things. The word "that" has a number of uses as different parts of speech. In this case, it's acting as a conjunction that joins two clauses ("A simple truth about children is" and the underlined clause). In A, B, and D, this second clause happens to start with "if," and there's nothing wrong with starting a clause with if:

I believe that if our team goes to the playoffs, we will win.
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31 Oct 2017, 11:16
To be clear, this isn't a very good problem. B and E aren't as clearly wrong as they would be on an official SC problem. However, in B, "generally" is modifying how good their behavior is. We really want to modify how often they behave well, as all the other answers do.
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