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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

Explanation is appreciated.
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21 Nov 2007, 18:33
I will go with B

correct use of past participle in both the clauses

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21 Nov 2007, 19:01
if its was/were then C is wrong because a portion is singular so use was..

Well D is tempting and on second thought it sounds good to me...

Is OA is D?
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21 Nov 2007, 19:09
saviop 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

Explanation is appreciated.
Thanks.

2nd – if + Past Simple, + Would + Base form

will go for 'D'
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21 Nov 2007, 19:30
Amardeep Sharma wrote:
if its was/were then C is wrong because a portion is singular so use was..

Well D is tempting and on second thought it sounds good to me...

Is OA is D?

This question is from sc_1000.doc
OA according to this doc is C.
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21 Nov 2007, 19:40
saviop wrote:
Amardeep Sharma wrote:
if its was/were then C is wrong because a portion is singular so use was..

Well D is tempting and on second thought it sounds good to me...

Is OA is D?

This question is from sc_1000.doc
OA according to this doc is C.

I made a silly mistake. it should be 'were' When we use

2nd – if + Past Simple, + Would + Base form

If I were you, I would tell her.

Therefore 'C' makes sense

will go for 'D'
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21 Nov 2007, 22:21
saviop 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

Explanation is appreciated.
Thanks.

C. The use of 'would' in the non-underlined portion requires the use of 'were' in the underlined portion.
Re: SC - were/was   [#permalink] 21 Nov 2007, 22:21
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