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Although some consultants insist that agencies should offer all-inclusive fixed-agenda packages to overseas travelers, others advise that travelers will plan a trip only if time would be set aside for separately spontaneous excursions.

A. only if time would be set aside for separately spontaneous excursions

B. only if time is set aside for separate, spontaneous excursions

C. if time is set aside only for excursions spontaneously separate

D. if time was set aside only for separate and spontaneous excursions

E. if time would only be set aside for spontaneous excursions, separately

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usage of only is the deciding factor.
With "will " the correct usage is "is"
B is the one that satisfies it.
Hence B is the answer
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globaldesi wrote:
usage of only is the deciding factor.
With "will " the correct usage is "is"
B is the one that satisfies it.
Hence B is the answer


I don't think only is the deciding factor here. Option (C) is very ambiguous with excursions spontaneously separate. This phrase isn't making a whole lot of sense to me. spontaneously is an adverb and I'm not sure what it is modifying. separate should modify excursions and it is unnecessarily far away.
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The Original sentence, choice A contains :-

(1) a verb tense error; travelers will plan a trip ... if time would be set aside is not a correct construction. A future action that is certain (travelers will plan) must depend on a present tense condition; time would be is conditional, and the correct answer will be in the present tense.

(2) In addition, the phrase separately spontaneous does not make sense and should be changed. The adjective 'separate' is the correct form to modify noun'excursions'

Choice B fixes the verb tense error by changing would be to is. In addition, this choice replaces the confusing separately spontaneous with the the adjectives separate and spontaneous.

Choice C also fixes the verb tense error, but does not fix the adverb-adjective error and moves the position of only, changing the meaning of the sentence. If time is set aside only for excursions, then time is not set aside for any other purposes. The original sentence meant that travelers will choose to plan a trip in the case that they know some time is set aside for excursions, which is different.

Choice D uses the past tense was and, like choice C, misplaces only.

Choice E fails to fix the tense error in the original; it also rearranges the adjective and adverb without clarifying their meanings.

Answer: B

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New post 09 Mar 2020, 07:11
Dear Friends,

Here is a detailed explanation to this question-

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Although some consultants insist that agencies should offer all-inclusive fixed-agenda packages to overseas travelers, others advise that travelers will plan a trip only if time would be set aside for separately spontaneous excursions.

A. only if time would be set aside for separately spontaneous excursions

B. only if time is set aside for separate, spontaneous excursions

C. if time is set aside only for excursions spontaneously separate

D. if time was set aside only for separate and spontaneous excursions

E. if time would only be set aside for spontaneous excursions, separately


A: This answer choice incorrectly uses the future tense, rather than the present tense, to refer to a statement of fact. A also incorrectly uses the adverb "spontaneously", rather than its adjective form "spontaneous" to modify a noun. Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

B: This answer choice maintains proper tense use and conveys the intended meaning of the sentence. Thus, this answer choice is correct.

C: This answer choice repeats the adverb-related error seen in Option A. C also changes the meaning of the sentence by using the word "only" to modify the phrase "for excursions...", rather than the phrase "if time is set aside for..."; in doing so, C incorrectly implies that the condition that potentially determines the travelers' decision is whether time is set aside exclusively for separate spontaneous excursions. Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

D: This answer choice repeats the meaning related error seen in Option C. D also incorrectly uses the past tense, rather than the present tense, to refer to the act of setting aside time. Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

E: This answer choice repeats the tense-related error seen in Option A. Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Hence, B is the best answer choice.

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