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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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New post 06 Aug 2008, 19:04
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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



C.

subjuctive mood.

"would be generated" will need "if capital were invested"; both imaginary situations tha later precedes the first.

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

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

Pls post your opinion

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I think it is D.

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

Pls post your opinion


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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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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New post 07 Aug 2008, 23:39
Thanx guys.

I was wrong. D cannot be the correct answer

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