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Although their primary attempt for business expansion would take place

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Although their primary attempt for business expansion would take place in the Indian market, manufacturers of low-cost cell phones could not afford to sacrifice the price-sensitive segment of developed markets because if they gave that up, their footing to enter India was forever shaky.

A. if they gave that up, their footing to enter India was forever shaky

B. without it their footing to enter India would be forever shaky

C. their footing to enter India was forever shaky if they gave that up

D. without that, they would be forever shaky about their footing to enter India

E. forever would their footing to enter India be shaky if they gave that up

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Re: Although their primary attempt for business expansion would take place  [#permalink]

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03 Sep 2019, 04:36
Although their primary attempt for business expansion would take place in the Indian market, manufacturers of low-cost cell phones could not afford to sacrifice the price-sensitive segment of developed markets because if they gave that up, their footing to enter India was forever shaky.

A. if they gave that up, their footing to enter India was forever shaky

B. without it their footing to enter India would be forever shaky

C. their footing to enter India was forever shaky if they gave that up

D. without that, they would be forever shaky about their footing to enter India

E. forever would their footing to enter India be shaky if they gave that up

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Official Explanation

Creating a filter: in this question, in the underlined portion, something is off with the verb "was." We are talking about what would prevail in the past under a condition specified by the word "if," so we need the conditional tense - we need a "would" word. In other words, "if they had given that up, they would have been doomed." We go to the answer choices in search of the conditional tense.

Applying the filter: (B), (D), and (E) have the conditional tense we are looking for.

Finding objective defects: choice (D) conveys a sense contrary to the intended meaning. They aren't shaky - like, scared or something - their footing is. The word order in (E) is inferior; the word "shaky" is far from "footing" and far from "forever," and it wants to be close to words it's related to. In (E), moreover, the word "that" at the end is far from its referent. Choice (B) is clearer and better English idiom.

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Re: Although their primary attempt for business expansion would take place   [#permalink] 03 Sep 2019, 04:36