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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

in this portion should be singular or plural and why ?

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18 Jun 2006, 23:27
It should be C.
I remember getting this wrong the first time.
Unreal condition requires the use of ' were ' even if the subject is singular.

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18 Jun 2006, 23:37
A,B --> both are out with inappropriate use of present perfect
D --> portion of the capital is plural
E --> not trying to compare two past events...

C is best

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19 Jun 2006, 00:03
well i have contradicting replies so is it coz its a unreal situation while portion is singular

or portion is plural ??

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19 Jun 2006, 01:14
beyondinfinity wrote:
well i have contradicting replies so is it coz its a unreal situation while portion is singular

or portion is plural ??
Depends on how you want to look at it. SC problems can be solved in many ways. Usually they throw in at least two grammatical errors so if you can't spot one, try spotting the other.

In this case, we can take out D right away because 'was' is the wrong tense for plural 'portion of capital'

You can also take out B and A because there is not a requirement to use the present perfect tense 'have been'

That leaves us down to C and E. You can throw E out of the window because it uses the past perfect 'had been' when there is not a need for it (we're not trying to compare two past events).

Or if you prefer to have it another way, you can throw E out of the window because this is a unreal condition and we need the 'were' in C.

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24 Jun 2006, 08:18
I go with C as well.

ywilfred, Thanks for explaining 'Portion' as plural / singular .
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24 Jun 2006, 08:56
beyondinfinity wrote:
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

in this portion should be singular or plural and why ?

I understand this is subjunctive so we need to use C, But otherwise - if this was not in subjunctive mood, wouldn't "a portion of the capital" be singular?? a portion clearly means 1 portion. So i dont think here we are choosing was or were based on whether portion is singular or plural.
Please correct me if I am wrong.
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