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# Affording strategic proximity to the Strait of Gibraltar,

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Affording strategic proximity to the Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco was also of interest to the French throughout the first half of the twentieth century because they assumed that if they did not hold it, their grip on Algeria was always insecure.

A. if they did not hold it, their grip on Algeria was always insecure

B. without it their grip on Algeria would never be secure

C. their grip on Algeria was not ever secure if they did not hold it

D. without that, they could never be secure about their grip on Algeria

E. never would their grip on Algeria be secure if they did not hold it

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29 Jul 2006, 11:30
>> B.

Please indiacte the underline portion while posting the questions.
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29 Jul 2006, 11:57
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>> B.

Please indiacte the underline portion while posting the questions.

B it is. Yes, please do underline to make it easier to read..
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29 Jul 2006, 12:03
guys, any reasons for not choosing A,C,D and E and choosing B?
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29 Jul 2006, 12:17
we need "WOULD" because of "ASSUMED" in non-underlined part...
only B and E use "would" and B is correct
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Re: sc - strait of gibraltar [#permalink]

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29 Jul 2006, 12:19
Hi Shoonya - you almost woke me up from sleep with that question

Affording strategic proximity to the Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco was also of interest to the French throughout the first half of the twentieth century because they assumed that
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if they did not hold it, their grip on Algeria was always insecure
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A. if they did not hold it, their grip on Algeria was always insecure

use of past tense "was" implies that the "French grip on Algeria" is no longer there which may not be true.

B. without it their grip on Algeria would never be secure

Correct

C. their grip on Algeria was not ever secure if they did not hold it

the antecedent of "it" is Algeria whereas it should be Morocco.

D. without that, they could never be secure about their grip on Algeria

because they assumed that "without that, they could never be secure about their grip...." seems wordy

E. never would their grip on Algeria be secure if they did not hold it

again never would their grip on algeria be secure if they did not hold it - the it points to algeria changing the meaning of the sentence
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29 Jul 2006, 16:42
thanks dwivedys; since you were one of the first to answer the question, just a B won't cut it

thanks for the explanation.
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30 Jul 2006, 23:26
Clear winner B.

A/C - ambiguous "it"
D - what is "that"
E - simply awkward.
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Re: sc - strait of gibraltar [#permalink]

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31 Jul 2006, 13:28
I like answer B. The other choices have small problems.

For answer A, 'was' needs to be changed to 'would' to be correct.

For C, it's not clear what the final word 'it' refers to.

For D, 'that' does not properly reference the preceding noun.

E is just one of those automatic throw-aways; it's just so wordy and twisted.
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