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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

Please select the option with reasons.

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28 Apr 2007, 02:24
Would is needed to state a hypothetical situation so C D and E out

I will go for A because income generation will happen only after the investment.
So different verb form is needed to differentiate between two time frames.

What is the OA?

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28 Apr 2007, 02:36
It has to be b/w C and D due to the if..then construction.

Out of the two,I chose C due to the subjunctive usage expressing unreality....if the portion...were.

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28 Apr 2007, 03:40
i think its C only as degree of uncertainty is expressed so sub. mode is needed

Would is needed to state a hypothetical situation so C D and E out .....this rule seems to have come from apaches grammar book...

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28 Apr 2007, 07:19
[quote="jainvik7"]Art museums do not usually think of their collections as capital or consider the interest income that would [u]be generated if a portion of the capital would have been [/u]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

Please select the option with reasons.[/quote]

C for me

A- incorrect use of the subjunctive; ..if the capital HAD BEEN INVESTED, interest income WOULD HAVE BEEN generated
B-incorrect use of the subjunctive; idem A
C- correct: ..if the capital were invested, interest income would be generated
D- incorrect use of the subjunctive; ..if the capital WERE invested, interest income would be generated
E- incorrect use of the subjuntice; ... if the capital had been invested, interest income WOULD HAVE BEEN generated

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28 Apr 2007, 09:22
One more vote for C. And I think querio has already explained it better than how I would have.

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29 Apr 2007, 05:44
jainvik7 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

Please select the option with reasons.

This sentenc eis expressing a hypothetical situation.-> Subjunctive-> "were" is required.

C

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