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# According to a survey by the American Council on Education, today’s co

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16 Jan 2019, 11:31
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According to a survey by the American Council on Education, today’s college students are inclined to involve themselves in political issues only if they would be expecting to financially gain.

A. only if they would be expecting to financially gain
B. if they would expect only to gain financially
C. only if their expectations can be gained financially
D. if financial gain could only be expected by them
E. only if they can expect to gain financially

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16 Jan 2019, 21:20
According to a survey by the American Council on Education, today’s college students are inclined to involve themselves in political issues only if they would be expecting to financially gain.

A. only if they would be expecting to financially gain -would be is not correct tense.
B. if they would expect only to gain financially -meaning issue
C. only if their expectations can be gained financially -meaning issue
D. if financial gain could only be expected by them -meaning issue
E. only if they can expect to gain financially

We can eliminate options based on the meaning and tense.
Ans:E
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26 Apr 2019, 19:18
According to a survey by the American Council on Education, today’s college students are inclined to involve themselves in political issues only if they would be expecting to financially gain.

A. only if they would be expecting to financially gain --> use of "would/could" is wrong in "if"-statement
B. if they would expect only to gain financially --> same as A
C. only if their expectations can be gained financially --> indirect/passive voice; E is better
D. if financial gain could only be expected by them--> same as A
E. only if they can expect to gain financially --> correct
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26 Apr 2019, 19:24
I have doubt on this .

can is used to show capaciity/ capability

but here the intent is more of future expectation

not sure if can is used correctly .

but ofcourse, among all choices, it is best

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26 Apr 2019, 20:10
m1033512 wrote:
I have doubt on this .

can is used to show capaciity/ capability

but here the intent is more of future expectation

not sure if can is used correctly .

but ofcourse, among all choices, it is best
My reply is not specific to this question, but can can be used to discuss the "possibility" of something.

He can sing well. ← This is the "capability" meaning. "He is capable of singing well."
They will show him how he can get a good score. ← This can does not indicate his "capability".
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