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# Another one !! A majority of the international journalists

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Another one !!

A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but that they will, or could, be made sufficiently safe in the future.

A. that they will, or could,

B. that they would, or could,

C. they will be or could

D. think that they will be or could

E. think the power stations would or could

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24 Aug 2008, 12:43
IMO its E.

Beside ambiguous "they" in D "will" implies surety which is wrong here.
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24 Aug 2008, 12:48
The OA is D

Thanks guys. So 'will be' is correct because of the future tense?
As for the lack of clarity as to what 'they' refers to in the sentence... would the following be a suitable explanation?
Since 'to view' and 'to think' are in the infinitive form, they can share the same subject and do not each require a single antecedent.
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25 Aug 2008, 22:40
ventivish wrote:
Another one !!

A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but that they will, or could, be made sufficiently safe in the future.

A. that they will, or could,

B. that they would, or could,

C. they will be or could

D. think that they will be or could

E. think the power stations would or could

for example :
He assures me (Present) he will come
He assured (Past) he would come.

here in our SC question:

we have "view" (present) -> "will" is the correct usage here
had it been "viewed"(past) -> "would" would have been the correct usage

so we can eliminate the choices B and E.

I am not very sure why we need think here . Maybe it is to show the uncertainty about the future safety.

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26 Aug 2008, 02:07
they is clearly making a reference to the international journalists (who were in the first place surveyed), and it is during their survey that "they think" that the power stations will or could be made safer
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26 Aug 2008, 06:34
We need think because of parallelism: journalists view and think. "They" is correct because it comes after "power stations".
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27 Aug 2008, 23:04
I do not like any of the choices. "They" is not clear in A, B, C and D. "would" is wrong in E.

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28 Aug 2008, 06:57
I was undecided between D and E.

use of "think" is important to show that the journalists are conveying an opinion and this statement is not a fact. Consequently, the use of could is justified.

Finally the use of would is incorrect in answer E.
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25 Nov 2008, 20:14
Why is "WOULD" incorrect? what's the proper usage?

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