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# Art museums do not usually think of their collections as

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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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04 Apr 2006, 19:03
it's D but I can't reasn out why it should be "was".

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04 Apr 2006, 19:07
I think C..

shouldn't you use were in hypothetical cases such as

if i were tall, i would climb the everest
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04 Apr 2006, 19:12
It's nothing to do with hyposthesis.
"A portion of capital" singular, thus it should be "was"

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04 Apr 2006, 19:13
bewakoof wrote:
I think C..

shouldn't you use were in hypothetical cases such as

if i were tall, i would climb the everest

great point!!

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04 Apr 2006, 20:43
pseudo wrote:
It's nothing to do with hyposthesis.
"A portion of capital" singular, thus it should be "was"

Subjunctive mood. 'Were' always appears when dealing with the 'to be' verb. Never appears as 'was'. Good stuff...

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05 Apr 2006, 05:30
OA is C

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05 Apr 2006, 12:17
Can someone explain how the statement would go had it been in "indicative mood".

How would the following go - "If I was/ were to accept their offer, which Iâ€™m still considering, I would have to start the new job on July 6."

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05 Apr 2006, 14:35
pseudo wrote:
"If I was/ were to accept their offer, which Iâ€™m still considering, I would have to start the new job on July 6."

"If I were to accept their offer, which Iâ€™m still considering, I would have to start the new job on July 6."

This is the subjunctive mood also. When trying to express something that is contrary to reality and includes an If clause, we would use 'were'. The "To be" verb will never be "was" in the subjunctive.

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06 Apr 2006, 01:12
In this case the content of the clause is not presupposed to be false thus it should be "was" and not "were" - well that's the explaination I read. Thus I am still confused.

If I was (not were) to accept their offerâ€”which Iâ€™m still consideringâ€”I would have to start the new job on July 6.

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13 Apr 2006, 05:47
Good to know abt the HYPTHETICAL rule!

I choose D fist!

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15 Apr 2006, 10:29
I chose D first.

Howeve, i agree with C after going thru the explanations.

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15 Apr 2006, 13:46
C.

If I were a king.... I would have.... made a palace!

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