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Had the United States allowed the California Republic to remain independent after the Bear Flag Revolt rather than annexing it with military force, this "California nation" might have become the wealthiest nation in North America.

(A) Had the United States allowed the California Republic to remain independent after the Bear Flag Revolt rather than annexing it with military force, this "California nation" might have become

(B) With the United States annexing the California Republic after the Bear Flag Revolt instead of allowing it to remain independent, this "California nation" didn't become

(C) The United States annexed the California Republic after the Bear Flag Revolt and didn't allow it to remain independent, to prevent it to become

(D) The United States didn't allow the California Republic to remain independent after the Bear Flag Revolt, it annexed it with military force instead, and this "California nation" didn't become

(E) The United States, by not allowing the California Republic to remain independent after the Bear Flag Revolt and, instead, by annexing it, it prevented this "California nation" from becoming

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(A) Had the United States allowed the California Republic to remain independent after the Bear Flag Revolt rather than annexing it with military force, this "California nation" might have become --- the best

(B) With the United States annexing the California Republic after the Bear Flag Revolt instead of allowing it to remain independent, this "California nation" didn't become --- ‘instead of’ meaning ‘in the place of” is a wrong idiom; rather than should have used

(C) The United States annexed the California Republic after the Bear Flag Revolt and didn't allow it to remain independent, to prevent it to become --- to prevent--- no such intent is involved in the text

(D) The United States didn't allow the California Republic to remain independent after the Bear Flag Revolt, it annexed it with military force instead, and this "California nation" didn't become ---The first part is a comma splice.

(E) The United States, by not allowing the California Republic to remain independent after the Bear Flag Revolt and, instead, by annexing it, it prevented this "California nation" from becoming--- there seems to be no proper referent for ‘it’; in the first place it refers to California and in the second place, it seems to refer to the US. It is also is redundant, since there is already a subject namely the US languishing without a verb
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Had the United States allowed the California Republic to remain independent after the Bear Flag Revolt rather than annexing it with military force, this "California nation" might have become the wealthiest nation in North America.

(A) Had the United States allowed the California Republic to remain independent after the Bear Flag Revolt rather than annexing it with military force, this "California nation" might have become

(B) With the United States annexing the California Republic after the Bear Flag Revolt instead of allowing it to remain independent, this "California nation" didn't become

(C) The United States annexed the California Republic after the Bear Flag Revolt and didn't allow it to remain independent, to prevent it to become

(D) The United States didn't allow the California Republic to remain independent after the Bear Flag Revolt, it annexed it with military force instead, and this "California nation" didn't become

(E) The United States, by not allowing the California Republic to remain independent after the Bear Flag Revolt and, instead, by annexing it, it prevented this "California nation" from becoming



Hi mikemcgarry

could you please provide your comments for option A?

rather than is a parallel marker so here annexing is parallel to what?

please clarify

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Had the United States allowed the California Republic to remain independent after the Bear Flag Revolt rather than annexing it with military force, this “California nation” might have become the wealthiest nation in North America.

(A) Had the United States allowed the California Republic to remain independent after the Bear Flag Revolt rather than annexing it with military force, this “California nation” might have become
(B) With the United States annexing the California Republic after the Bear Flag Revolt instead of allowing it to remain independent, this “California nation” didn’t become
(C) The United States annexed the California Republic after the Bear Flag Revolt and didn’t allow it to remain independent, to prevent it to become
(D) The United States didn’t allow the California Republic to remain independent after the Bear Flag Revolt, it annexed it with military force instead, and this “California nation” didn’t become
(E) The United States, by not allowing the California Republic to remain independent after the Bear Flag Revolt and, instead, by annexing it, it prevented this “California nation” from becoming


Nothing wrong with the original sentence, correct answer must be (A) , errors in other options highlighted.
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nahid78 wrote:
Had the United States allowed the California Republic to remain independent after the Bear Flag Revolt rather than annexing it with military force, this “California nation” might have become the wealthiest nation in North America.

(A) Had the United States allowed the California Republic to remain independent after the Bear Flag Revolt rather than annexing it with military force, this “California nation” might have become
(B) With the United States annexing the California Republic after the Bear Flag Revolt instead of allowing it to remain independent, this “California nation” didn’t become
(C) The United States annexed the California Republic after the Bear Flag Revolt and didn’t allow it to remain independent, to prevent it to become
(D) The United States didn’t allow the California Republic to remain independent after the Bear Flag Revolt, it annexed it with military force instead, and this “California nation” didn’t become
(E) The United States, by not allowing the California Republic to remain independent after the Bear Flag Revolt and, instead, by annexing it, it prevented this “California nation” from becoming


Nothing wrong with the original sentence, correct answer must be (A) , errors in other options highlighted.


Please clarify the use of the "annexing", would "to annex" be wrong?
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Choice (A) follows the exact pattern of the idiom discussed in this blog --- first verb ("Had … allowed") in the subjunctive and second ("annexing") as a gerund, and the independent clause after the comma is in the subjunctive. This is quite promising.

Choice (B) uses the preposition "with" as a quasi-subordinate conjunction, with the construction "with" [noun][participial phrase]. The GMAT considers this incorrect 100% of the time. Also, the independent clause after the comma is in the indicative mood, giving the mistaken impression that the "California nation" actually existed. (B) is not correct.

Choice (C), up to the comma, is promising --- a factual statement of what the US did and didn't do, and the infinitive of purpose in the second half is fine, but unfortunately, this choices makes an idiom mistake. The idiom with "to prevent" is "to prevent A from doing X", NOT "to prevent A to do X." Because of this idiom mistake, (C) is not correct.

Choice (D) is an example of false parallelism, putting the three verbs of the sentence into the grammatical relationship of parallelism without considering their logical connection. Everything is in the indicative, so the hypothetical nature of the "California nation" is lost. Perhaps most significantly, this makes a major pronoun mistake: "it annexed it" --- a repeated pronoun for two different antecedents. (D) is not correct.

Choice (E) has makes double subject mistake --- "The US [long modifier] it prevented …" Either "the US" or "it" has to be the subject of "prevented" --- both cannot be the subject simultaneously. Also, " … annexing it, it prevented …" --- this choice makes the same kind of repeated pronoun mistake found in (D). (D) is not correct.

The only possible answer is (A).
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