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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 rgion 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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A) would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than
- more numerous is not idiomatic

B) would fail provided the density of the timber wolf population in that rgion is more than
- B changes the meaning of the sentence.

C) should fail if the timber wolf density in that region was greater than
- 'was' is the wrong tense

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
- more numerous is not idiomatic

D is the best
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Yes, D is the best answer.

“…predicts…will fail…â€
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C is out - as it is a prediction, would/will is more appropriate rather than should (OG: 73)

Density is a measure, it cannot be numerous - eliminate A & E

I am not clear on the construction used in B - Would appreciate if someone can elaborate it

IMO D should be it though I am not able to refute B for now.
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New post 02 Jun 2005, 05:22
Thanks all. OA is indeed D. B fails in use of would - disagrees with other verbs in tense and mood (OG).

I had a concern in the OA, isn't the sentence in a subjunctie mood? And if so don't we need a were in
if the density ... is greater

Can someone please explain why isn't why isn't a subjunctive mood used here?
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I dont thin it is subjuctive mood. It is cause and effect. If that happen(s), this (will) happen. e.g.

I will fail if I do not study.

Subjunctive mood is applied when the author seems to indicate that his statements have very low probability to be true and seems to indicate a wish. e.g.

If I were you, I would study hard.

Hope it helps.
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Answer has to be D.

in "If " sentences : if the conditional clause is in present tense , the following clause has to be in future tense.

So will should be used.
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C is out - as it is a prediction, would/will is more appropriate rather than should (OG: 73)

Density is a measure, it cannot be numerous - eliminate A & E

I am not clear on the construction used in B - Would appreciate if someone can elaborate it

IMO D should be it though I am not able to refute B for now.


Much/More are used for uncountable nouns. With density being a "countable" noun, you'll need greater than.
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C is out - as it is a prediction, would/will is more appropriate rather than should (OG: 73)

Density is a measure, it cannot be numerous - eliminate A & E

I am not clear on the construction used in B - Would appreciate if someone can elaborate it

IMO D should be it though I am not able to refute B for now.


Much/More are used for uncountable nouns. With density being a "countable" noun, you'll need greater than.


I don't think density is countable - countable being "one that can be counted - not one that can be quantified"
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C is out - as it is a prediction, would/will is more appropriate rather than should (OG: 73)

Density is a measure, it cannot be numerous - eliminate A & E

I am not clear on the construction used in B - Would appreciate if someone can elaborate it

IMO D should be it though I am not able to refute B for now.


Much/More are used for uncountable nouns. With density being a "countable" noun, you'll need greater than.

density is NOT countable. 1 density, 2 density, 3 density.... :evil:

the part that makes E wrong is timber wolf density rather than density of the timber wolf population.

Princeton Review talks about modifiers with the massive toad infestation vs. massive infestation of toads example
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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 rgion 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



A- Wrong reasons
(1) "would fail ... if density is "<--Wrong structure it should be "will fail ... if density is "
(2) more numerous --wrong
B - changed the meaning .. looks like some one is providing the density here.
C - "Should fail .. if was " wrong structure should "would fail" .. if was
D -- correct
E) wrong more numerous
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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

This belongs to the first category conditional, where you use a present tense in the 'if' clause and a simple present or a simple future in the ‘then’ clause. We can conveniently ignore A, B and C for using the modal verb ' would ' and 'should'. Between D and E, we can eliminate E for using a countable ‘more numerous’ rather than the ‘greater’ for an obvious mass noun namely ‘density’
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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 rgion 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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A prediction is made about a future event, which can be restated using the construction y will
happen if x happens first (an alternate form is if x happens, y will happen). The subjunctive verb form would expresses remoteness and thus casts some doubt on the likelihood of x. The verb form "will fail" expresses the likelihood x with greater certainty. Density is not a countable quantity, so it cannot be modified by more numerous, which is used solely for countable quantities; greater is correct.
A Would fail expresses doubt about the future outcome; density should be modified by greater.

B This construction requires will fail, not would fail; if is preferred to provided; density should be modified by greater.

C Will fail, not should fail, is required; timber wolf density does not clearly refer to the population; the tense of the final verb is incorrect.

D Correct. The verb form will fail better expresses the certainty of the prediction; density is appropriately modified by greater.

E Timber wolf density does not clearly refer to the population; the tense and number of the final verb are incorrect; density cannot be modified by numerous.
The correct answer should be D.
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In a press release, a local representative of the US Postal Service responded to criticism over the removal of street corner postal drop boxes, claiming that if more people are actually using the drop boxes for their mail, they will be better able to “pay their keep.”

A) more people are actually using the drop boxes for their mail, they will
B) the drop boxes were actually used by any more people for their mail, they will
C) the more people who are actually using the drop boxes for their mail will make them
D) the drop boxes are put to better use when more people actually use them for their mail, they will
E) more people actually used the drop boxes for their mail, they would
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In a press release, a local representative of the US Postal Service responded to criticism over the removal of street corner postal drop boxes, claiming that if more people are actually using the drop boxes for their mail, they will be better able to “pay their keep.”

A) more people are actually using the drop boxes for their mail, they will
B) the drop boxes were actually used by any more people for their mail, they will
C) the more people who are actually using the drop boxes for their mail will make them
D) the drop boxes are put to better use when more people actually use them for their mail, they will
E) more people actually used the drop boxes for their mail, they would


the above sentence has a conditional........which says if......
now the 3 conditional constructions are
if present.......will....present or infinitive
if past......would infinitive
if past perfect.....would have.....past participle

so B is out
and as well...A, B, C & D dont satisfy the requirement of past verb as stated in non underlined part criticism that has happened
C distorts meaning....mail will make them
D construction is wordy and awkward

E is perfectly stating conditionals and past verb
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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 rgion 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



Can you confirm the OA, I don't think it is E.
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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 rgion 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


This is a OG 10th edition Q 161, the correct answer is D, not E. Kindly update.
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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

This belongs to the first category conditional, where you use a present tense in the 'if' clause and a simple present or a simple future in the ‘then’ clause. We can conveniently ignore A, B and C for using the modal verb ' would ' and 'should'. Between D and E, we can eliminate E for using a countable ‘more numerous’ rather than the ‘greater’ for an obvious mass noun namely ‘density’


daagh, isn't "MORE NUMEROUS THAN" Redundant ?
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