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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

Why is E wrong?Can someone explain?
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01 Jun 2005, 14:29
I thgin it is C.
The only tense that fits here is would and were and especially when using "IF". somthing similar to this sentence.

I would be happy if I were a king.

I may be wrong completly.

What is the OA and OE?
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01 Jun 2005, 19:32
C should be correct since the sentence is conditional and subjunctive.
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04 Jun 2005, 18:52
Fuqua wrote:
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

Why is E wrong?Can someone explain?

Fuqua, E is wrong on 2 counts:

E - changes tenses [had been = past perfect] when there is no need to change tense. Also E doesnt use the subjuctive form correctly. You are speaking of a hypothetical situation. Therefore you need if.....were......
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09 Oct 2005, 07:12
Does anybody know why portion needs were (C) rather than was (D)??
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09 Oct 2005, 07:25
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Does anybody know why portion needs were (C) rather than was (D)??

Because it's in subjunctive form
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09 Oct 2005, 10:05

You would use "were" when that particular condition never occurs (presupposedly wrong)

I would fly across English channel if I were a bird.

However, if condition is not presupposedly wrong you need to use "was" instead of "were".

In this case "investment of capital in another form" is a possibility. Hence we should use "WAS"

I know that I did not explain well. Can someone explain the difference b/w C & D.

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10 Oct 2005, 03:19
for me C was good looking
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10 Oct 2005, 04:10
Himalaya pinpointed, and laxieqv reinforced why the answer is C- the correct use of the subjunctive mood. Refer to page 189 in the Kaplan GMAT 800 text for a clear explanation.
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11 Oct 2005, 11:17
going with C for the subjunctive as noted in previous posts.

Fuqua wrote:
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

Why is E wrong?Can someone explain?
Re: SC:Art museums   [#permalink] 11 Oct 2005, 11:17
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