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# Art museums do not usually think of their collections as capital or co

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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

Originally posted by kt00381n on 06 May 2009, 18:45.
Last edited by Bunuel on 11 Jan 2019, 03:47, edited 1 time in total.
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03 Mar 2011, 23:03
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This question has inverted "if" in the last part of the statement.

with "if" statement "would" is awkward.
For example:

If I would go to the market, I will meet with my friend".
So, "would" cannt come on the "if" part of the statement. "would" is correct if it comes on "then" part.

So, A and B are out for that reason.
Also, you dont say "if I was rich", but u say "If I were rich" for hypothetical statements. So, D is out.
Also, if you have something like this "If I had been to the market, I would have bought the shoes." So, E is out for that reason.

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118. 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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05 Jul 2011, 12:41
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+1 C

This is a typical question for non-native speakers who are learning English.
When we use the conditional for present situations that are not real (just assumptions). The construction is:
If (subject) (verb in simple past), (subject) WOULD (verb)
The only exception is the verb "to be". In that case, we ALWAYS should use WERE. It doesn't matter whether the subject is singular or it is "you".

For past situations, also not real:
If (subject) HAD (verb in past participle), (subject) WOULD HAVE (verb)...

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kt00381n 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

agree with C.

Subjuctive mood required.

If I were President, I would have stopped the War.

If Capital were invested in another firm, interest incoulde would be generated.
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06 Dec 2016, 04:38
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rishabhmishra wrote:
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rishabhmishra wrote:
Probably you meant subjunctive, not subjective - in that case you are absolutely on the right track. "Were" is indeed a hypothetical subjunctive case. One of the standard structures of IF.. THEN... construction (used to depict unlikely future event) is:

IF hypothetical subjunctive, THEN conditional (e.g. would).

Option C follows the above structure.

i know its between c and D but i don't know why it is c .Because i think the subject in that clause is a portion which is singular then why it is were(c)

The hypothetical subjunctive uses the simple past form of the verb - so ideally the verb should be "was". However another rule of hypothetical subjunctive is that "was" becomes "were".

If I WERE the king, I would hang all the corrupt ministers.... correct. (NOT I was)
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kt00381n wrote:
I thought that capital is singular and thats why i picked D. Is it plural?

Capital is singluar, but for subjunctive mood we use "were" instead of "was"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subjunctive
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14 May 2010, 20:30
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Ans : C

would/could with if is wrong and for subjunctive mood we need were.
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04 Mar 2011, 20:39
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the question here is about a hypothetical situation abt a situtaion which does not exist now.
so clearly were shud be used by rule. all the options can thus be eliminated other than C.

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I was not able to decide bw C and D

if I were is correct...

If portion of the capital were/was?

what is the rule or using were/was in if clause?
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fanatico wrote:
118. 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

The intent of the sentence is clearly to express a hypothetical situation

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 were invested in another form.

Hence straightaway (C)

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rishabhmishra wrote:
how is were correct if the subject is a portion and their is no subjective verb.plz explain thank you

Probably you meant subjunctive, not subjective - in that case you are absolutely on the right track. "Were" is indeed a hypothetical subjunctive case. One of the standard structures of IF.. THEN... construction (used to depict unlikely future event) is:

IF hypothetical subjunctive, THEN conditional (e.g. would).

Option C follows the above structure.
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06 May 2009, 19:19
I thought that portion of the capital is singular and thats why i picked D (portion of the capital was). Is it plural?
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It's C.
Mixes conditional and subjunctive.
E would be right if the answer choice is have been generated if a portion of the capital had been
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03 Mar 2011, 23:09
Thanks

I was not able to decide bw C and D

if I were is correct...

If portion of the capital were/was?

what is the rule or using were/was in if clause?
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Type 1. Conditional type - real at present
If subject+ verb - simple present, subject will/shall verb-infinitive
If I have money, I will build dreams (maybe it is true)

Type 2: Conditional type - unreal at present
If subject+ verb - past tense and "were" for all subjects, subject would do something
If I had money, I would build dreams (at this moment, I do not have money)

Type 3: Conditional type - unreal in the past
If subject+ verb ( past perfect tense), subject would have + PII
I had had money two years ago, I would have built dreams (in the past, I did not have money)

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how is were correct if the subject is a portion and their is no subjective verb.plz explain thank you
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sayantanc2k wrote:
rishabhmishra wrote:
how is were correct if the subject is a portion and their is no subjective verb.plz explain thank you

Probably you meant subjunctive, not subjective - in that case you are absolutely on the right track. "Were" is indeed a hypothetical subjunctive case. One of the standard structures of IF.. THEN... construction (used to depict unlikely future event) is:

IF hypothetical subjunctive, THEN conditional (e.g. would).

Option C follows the above structure.

i know its between c and D but i don't know why it is c .Because i think the subject in that clause is a portion which is singular then why it is were(c)
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