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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 in 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 Apr 2004, 21:12
E is the reverse of A. IMO, when you assume something, it has to be a fact. "if" introduces a conditional event which is not ideal in english.
ie I assumed that if you helped me... --> not ideal structure
I assume that with your help...--> better structure
Hence, A,C,E are out
D) "assumed that without that" has repetitive and awkward structure. Also "could" implies "ability to" which is not what the original sentence meant. "would" is better as it means that "security" is what was "desired" by the French
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30 Apr 2004, 07:37
Paul wrote:
ie I assumed that if you helped me... --> not ideal structure
I assume that with your help...--> better structure

Excellent explanation!
I choose E,
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09 Jul 2006, 11:10
Paul wrote:
ie I assumed that if you helped me... --> not ideal structure
I assume that with your help...--> better structure

Excellent explanation!
I choose E,

But the it in B looks like a bad pronoun. Could it not refer to "Strait of Gibraltar" ?
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09 Jul 2006, 15:30
mailtheguru wrote:
Paul wrote:
ie I assumed that if you helped me... --> not ideal structure
I assume that with your help...--> better structure

Excellent explanation!
I choose E,

But the it in B looks like a bad pronoun. Could it not refer to "Strait of Gibraltar" ?

Replace "it" with "Strait of Gibraltar" and you will see that its wrong. Then place "Morocco" in place of "it" and you will see that its correct.
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10 Jul 2006, 07:08
Doubt well ever get an OA on this, but Im jumping on the (B) train.

1. Most concise
2. Actively phrased
3. "assume that + modal (would)~" it grammatically/idiomatically correct.
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10 Jul 2006, 23:55
The OA of this question is B.

This question is from OG.
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