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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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13 Jun 2008, 09:13
this is a subjunctive mood question.

the subjunction mood here is "past subjunctive" and is formed by putting the verb form "to be" + participle i.e "were invested" in this question

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13 Jun 2008, 09:22
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
awkward..wordy with 'would have been'
B. have been generated if a portion of the capital would have been
awkward..wordy with 'would have been'
C. be generated if a portion of the capital were
Correct answer..were is correctly used to indicate supposition
D. be generated if a portion of the capital was
supposition has to be expressed here..was is not the correct usage.
E. be generated if a portion of the capital had been
not correct

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13 Jun 2008, 09:50
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Re: SC Q4   [#permalink] 13 Jun 2008, 09:50
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