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# Art museums do not usually think of their collections as

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06 Aug 2008, 18:15
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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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Re: SC Art museums do not usually think of their [#permalink]

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06 Aug 2008, 19:04
ssandeepan 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

C.

subjuctive mood.

"would be generated" will need "if capital were invested"; both imaginary situations tha later precedes the first.
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Re: SC Art museums do not usually think of their [#permalink]

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06 Aug 2008, 19:13
IMO C

The use of "if"

Would/could cannot be used in the "if" construction; they can only be used if it is in a separate clause.
MGMAT SC Guide has good explanations.

A and B are out for this reason.

C. Is subjunctive, not necessarily true, hence if you see an "if" construction in a subjunctive mood then use "were".
If I were a rich man I would be able to afford a GMAT instructor.

D. was

E. had (no two past activities)
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Re: SC Art museums do not usually think of their [#permalink]

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06 Aug 2008, 23:39
I think it is D.

"A portion" is singular and thereby qualifies for "was"

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Re: SC Art museums do not usually think of their [#permalink]

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06 Aug 2008, 23:56
amkumar2 wrote:
I think it is D.

"A portion" is singular and thereby qualifies for "was"

Though "A portion" is singular, the sentence is in subjuctive mood and is discussing a imaginary thing.

for example: "If I "were" the president"

thats why D is wrong
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Re: SC Art museums do not usually think of their [#permalink]

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07 Aug 2008, 11:55
ssandeepan 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

subjunctive mood.

similar to ||
If I were President... I would have done ..

clear C
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Re: SC Art museums do not usually think of their [#permalink]

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07 Aug 2008, 23:39
Thanx guys.

I was wrong. D cannot be the correct answer
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