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# Art museums do not usually think of their collections as

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118.Art museums do not usually think of their collections as capital or consider the interest income that would be generated if a portion of the capital would have been invested in another form.

(A) be generated if a portion of the capital would have been
(B) have been generated if a portion of the capital would have been
(C) be generated if a portion of the capital were
(D) be generated if a portion of the capital was
(E) be generated if a portion of the capital had been
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08 Aug 2009, 21:52
C subjunctive
If a portion of capital were invested, the interest income would be generated
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08 Aug 2009, 22:01
the OA is C...i always get stuck in subjunctive Q's...

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08 Aug 2009, 23:35
C subjunctive

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118. Art museums do not usually think of their collections as capital or consider the interest income that would be generated if a portion of the capital would have been invested in another form.

(A) be generated if a portion of the capital would have been
(B) have been generated if a portion of the capital would have been
(C) be generated if a portion of the capital were
(D) be generated if a portion of the capital was
(E) be generated if a portion of the capital had been

Between C and E...
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It's C.
Mixes conditional and subjunctive.
E would be right if the answer choice is have been generated if a portion of the capital had been

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01 Oct 2009, 21:31
The Oa is C ..If he WERE and not WAS is the correct construction.Hence B is out.
Could somebody tell me whats wrong with E?Its not clear.
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118. Art museums do not usually think of their collections as capital or consider the interest income that would be generated if a portion of the capital would have been invested in another form.
(A) be generated if a portion of the capital would have been
(B) have been generated if a portion of the capital would have been
(C) be generated if a portion of the capital were
(D) be generated if a portion of the capital was
(E) be generated if a portion of the capital had been

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This question has inverted "if" in the last part of the statement.

with "if" statement "would" is awkward.
For example:

If I would go to the market, I will meet with my friend".
So, "would" cannt come on the "if" part of the statement. "would" is correct if it comes on "then" part.

So, A and B are out for that reason.
Also, you dont say "if I was rich", but u say "If I were rich" for hypothetical statements. So, D is out.
Also, if you have something like this "If I had been to the market, I would have bought the shoes." So, E is out for that reason.

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118. Art museums do not usually think of their collections as capital or consider the interest income that would be generated if a portion of the capital would have been invested in another form.
(A) be generated if a portion of the capital would have been
(B) have been generated if a portion of the capital would have been
(C) be generated if a portion of the capital were
(D) be generated if a portion of the capital was
(E) be generated if a portion of the capital had been

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03 Mar 2011, 22:09
Thanks

I was not able to decide bw C and D

if I were is correct...

If portion of the capital were/was?

what is the rule or using were/was in if clause?

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03 Mar 2011, 23:02
Subjuntive mood is in use here.
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04 Mar 2011, 19:39
the question here is about a hypothetical situation abt a situtaion which does not exist now.
so clearly were shud be used by rule. all the options can thus be eliminated other than C.

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I was not able to decide bw C and D

if I were is correct...

If portion of the capital were/was?

what is the rule or using were/was in if clause?

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05 Mar 2011, 08:04
so can we say that hypothetical subjunctive mood always uses were instead of was?

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05 Mar 2011, 08:16
In this case yes. Was denotes past tense so cannot be used for subjunctive.
As per MGMAT, for a hypothetical subjunctive which follows condition if, were is used.
If I were a rich man...i would advise you to refer to MGMAT SC pg 112 for more detailed explanation on this topic.

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so can we say that hypothetical subjunctive mood always uses were instead of was?

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This is a typical question for non-native speakers who are learning English.
When we use the conditional for present situations that are not real (just assumptions). The construction is:
If (subject) (verb in simple past), (subject) WOULD (verb)
The only exception is the verb "to be". In that case, we ALWAYS should use WERE. It doesn't matter whether the subject is singular or it is "you".

For past situations, also not real:
If (subject) HAD (verb in past participle), (subject) WOULD HAVE (verb)...

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26 Mar 2013, 02:34
when the condition is unreal , we use "were", not "was"
if I were you, I would learn gmat.

when the condition is still possible, we can use "was"
If the door was open, I would come in

this question is not good because both c and d can be correct
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Hi Thang - actually you're wrong

D can not be correct. Metalica has explained why above.

I think this is a good question...
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It is indeed subjunctive. The following would help understand it a bit further

Interest income that would be generated in the future (you dont know when and you are also uncertain of those interest incomes). Also the use of 'if' in the second half of the sentence denotes that the mood of the sentence is subjuctive. eg: If I were there, I would have never allowed it to happen. In the same way, if a portion of the income were invested in another form......

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It is basically hypothetical subjunctive question in which an unreal or hypothetical condition is indicated. Here is the situation that would never occur. Thus use hypothetical subjunctive: Simple past of every verb + all "to be" replaced with were.

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