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# According to a recent memo that was sent out to senior staff members,

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Project SC Butler: Day 64: Sentence Correction (SC1)

According to a recent memo that was sent out to senior staff members, the yearly bonuses will be cut, but only if the executives were not to come to an agreement on the acquisition details; however, since the acquisition is set to proceed as planned, there should be no cause for concern.

A. the yearly bonuses will be cut, but only if the executives were not to come to an agreement on the acquisition details;

B. the yearly bonuses will be cut, but only if the executives’ agreement on the acquisition details were to occur;

C. the yearly bonuses will be cut only if the executives would not be coming to an agreement on the acquisition details;

D. the yearly bonuses will be cut only if the executives were not coming to an agreement on the acquisition details;

E. the yearly bonuses will be cut only if the executives do not come to an agreement on the acquisition details;

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09 Jan 2019, 08:08
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IMO E

A. the yearly bonuses will be cut, but only if the executives were not to come to an agreement on the acquisition details; --wrong,redundany is introduced by use of BUT and ONLY

B. the yearly bonuses will be cut, but only if the executives’ agreement on the acquisition details were to occur; ---worng, meaning change

C. the yearly bonuses will be cut only if the executives would not be coming to an agreement on the acquisition details; ---wrong, meaning change

D. the yearly bonuses will be cut only if the executives were not coming to an agreement on the acquisition details; --worng, meaning change

E. the yearly bonuses will be cut only if the executives do not come to an agreement on the acquisition details; ---correct
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Updated on: 09 Jan 2019, 09:48
According to a recent memo that was sent out to senior staff members, the yearly bonuses will be cut, but only if the executives were not to come to an agreement on the acquisition details; however, since the acquisition is set to proceed as planned, there should be no cause for concern.

Meaning analysis:
Some memo was sent to employees. It states if the executives don’t come to agreement on some subject, they won’t get any bonuses.

Error analysis: This is conditional clause, there is a memo sent to the stuff that’s why it cannot be hypothetical situation, it is real one.
So we need first conditional here – If + present simple, then will + infinitive.
“but” seems redundant in conditional clause, "if" - conveys necessary intended meaning. ",+but" must be followed by IC, so here usage is incorrect

With this we can esily eliminate A, B, C and D.

A. the yearly bonuses will be cut, but only if the executives were not to come to an agreement on the acquisition details;

B. the yearly bonuses will be cut, but only if the executives’ agreement on the acquisition details were to occur;

C. the yearly bonuses will be cut only if the executives would not be coming to an agreement on the acquisition details;

D. the yearly bonuses will be cut only if the executives were not coming to an agreement on the acquisition details;

E. the yearly bonuses will be cut only if the executives do not come to an agreement on the acquisition details;

E is the winner
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09 Jan 2019, 17:35

A - No need for but since there is no contrast

B - same as A

C - would is not needed since we it is a real situation and not a hypothetical one

D - were not coming is referring to past which is wrong

E - correct

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