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34. A wildlife expert predicts that the reintroduction of the caribou into northern Minnesota would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than one wolf for every 39 square miles.
(A) would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than
(B) would fail provided the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more than
(C) should fail if the timber wolf density in that region was greater than
(D) will fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is greater than
(E) will fail if the timber wolf density in that region were more numerous than
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density + greater

Between C and D.

predict + should ----> WRONG
C OUT

predict uses will.

D it is.

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A wildlife expert predicts that the reintroduction of the Caribou into northern Minnesota would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than one wolf for every 39 square miles.

A) Would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than
B) Would fail provided the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more than
C) Should fail if the timber wolf density in that region was greater than
D) Will fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is greater than
E) Will fail if the timber wolf density in that region were more numerous than

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It cant be E! Density cant be more numerous or less numerous- it can be more or less..Please confirm.

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I have also gone for D. Another mistake that I find with E is that it is having wrong 'if-then' tense use. Can somebody explaing how they have given OA as E.

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I also chose D.

I don't know why D is wrong. Maybe "density" and "population" is little bit redundant.

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A wildlife expert predicts that the reintroduction of the Caribou into northern Minnesota would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than one wolf for every 39 square miles.

A) Would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than - Incorrect
B) Would fail provided the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more than - same as A - incorrect
C) Should fail if the timber wolf density in that region was greater than - Incorrect
D) Will fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is greater than
E) Will fail if the timber wolf density in that region were more numerous than
- Incorrect


IMO answer is D. I disagree with OA. Please provide us some concrete explanation for justifying E as a correct answer.
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A wildlife expert predicts that the reintroduction of the caribou into northern Minnesota would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than one wolf for every 39 square miles.

A) would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than
B )would fail provided the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more than
C )should fail if the timber wolf density in that region was greater than
D )will fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is greater than
E) will fail if the timber wolf density in that region were more numerous than

There are two approachs to solve this question:

a) According to some experts, the difference between WILL and WOULD is related to the certainty of
the information expressed in the sentence. In other words, how sure is the author about that topic.
In this sentence, the expert is sure that the reintroduction of the caribou WILL fail if the timber population is greater. If he were not so sure, we would have to use WOULD.

b) According to other experts, using WILL or WOULD depends on the tense of the sentence. If the tense is present we use WILL when we refer to the future. If the tense of the sentence is past, we use WOULD when we refer to the past. It's like reported speech.

What do you think about these two approachs? IMO, the second one is the correct IN THIS SENTENCE. Because the author is reporting something that the expert said, predicted.

What do you think?
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Ive read that you should never use "would" or "should" when using "if" sentence

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Ive read that you should never use "would" or "should" when using "if" sentence


You are right in the case of "should".
But you must use "would" in an "if" structure when you are talking about hypothetical situations.

For example:

If I were rich, I WOULD buy a jet.
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IMO, the 2nd approach is correct, the 1st approach is sometimes quite tough with the one who did not understand the whole meaning of sentence with IF clause
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What do you think about these two approachs? IMO, the second one is the correct IN THIS SENTENCE. Because the author is reporting something that the expert said, predicted.

I second u buddy
the first one is correct though but if we see this particular case
predicts....IF.....will/would...
i think predicts has already shown the probability
and therefore If ....will... is showing the certainty and thus correct.
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A wildlife expert predicts that the reintroduction of the caribou into northern Minnesota would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than one wolf for every 39 square miles.

A) would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than
B )would fail provided the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more than
C )should fail if the timber wolf density in that region was greater than
D )will fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is greater than
E) will fail if the timber wolf density in that region were more numerous than



I'd say the best way to attack this question is by recognizing that the IF introduces a conditional sentence (http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar ... -sentences).

So there are only three cases:
if IS then WILL
if WAS then WOULD
if HAD BEEN then WOULD HAVE

In this case only D) properly uses the conidtional if IS greater, then WILL FAIL.

All other choices fail to do that ..

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"than" should be underlined, too! Now we have "than than" with every choice. It was the first thing I noticed and took me almost 3 seconds to realize that it is just a mistake!

And another approach... I think that "predicts" drives us directly to "will" and we cannot say "more numerous" from choice E (as far as I know)...
So D!

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I think the second approach is correct whereas the first approach is bit complicated. Go with the second approach and pick D.
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"D"

if is = present and therefor use of "will" --> A,B,C out
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+1 for D.

Second approach looks more appropriate to me.

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34. A wildlife expert predicts that the reintroduction of the caribou into northern Minnesota would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than one wolf for every 39 square miles.
(A) would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than
(B) would fail provided the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more than
(C) should fail if the timber wolf density in that region was greater than
(D) will fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is greater than
(E) will fail if the timber wolf density in that region were more numerous than


Difference between will and would not very clear to me...
Please explain with the following example.

Confused between B and D
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1. When the main clause is in present tense, it is grammatically wrong to use the past tense in the sub-clause. Hence would is incorrect in such situations and would is acceptable only in reported texts.

2. The word ‘would’ is sometimes used in subjunctive mood, where there is an element of speculation in the context. However, in the given example, there is no such speculation; It is a categorical ‘if --- then’ structure. Hence normal rules of the conditional sentences apply in the given case; In conditional sentences, while the subordinate conditional clause will be in simple present, the main clause will be in either simple present or simple future

3. Between D and E, let us simply ignore E for using the inappropriate ‘more numerous’ as if density is a countable noun.
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