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Beyond the immediate cash flow crisis that the museum faces, its survival depends on if it can broaden its membership and leave its cramped quarters for a site where it can store and exhibit its more than 12,000 artifacts.
(A) if it can broaden its membership and leave
(B) whether it can broaden its membership and leave
(C) whether or not it has the capability to broaden its membership and can leave
(D) its ability for broadening its membership and leaving
(E) the ability for it to broaden its membership and leave

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the options D and E are both almost right by using ability directly making the sentence light but miss the idiom by using "FOR"
C i have found is too correct in usage as is wordy though technically correct
B usage of whether is correct despite the more concise if here and you should come back to choose it after traversing all the choices
A could still be a choice if the B structure was as foggy as D and E

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@docdrizzeally , with due respect I would like ask, don't you agree to this fact that, if has been placed without a condition to satisfy?
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Guys, i have rechecked my answers and i am sure i am correct about it
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The answer will be "B".
I think "Whether" doesn't require any "Not" as it itself is a condition of "Yes/No".
And here we are not judging anyone's capability to do anything. So the usage of "Capability" also makes option "C" wrong.

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Option D and E are idiomatically incorrect "ability for"
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In B "whether" is used, but "whether" should be used only when there are two possibilities mentioned in the sentence right?
or is it like whether two possibilities are mentioned in the sentence or not, if two possibilities exists "whether" should be used ? (I hope I used "whether" correctly :wink: )

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Beyond the immediate cash flow crisis that the museum faces, its survival depends on if it can broaden its membership and leave its cramped quarters for a site where it can store and exhibit its more than 12,000 artifacts.
(A) if it can broaden its membership and leave
(B) whether it can broaden its membership and leave
(C) whether or not it has the capability to broaden its membership and can leave
(D) its ability for broadening its membership and leaving
(E) the ability for it to broaden its membership and leave
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Mike can you please help us to understand why D and E are wrong here-

Dear honchos,
I'm happy to respond. :-) This question has a clear OA of (B). Why are (D) and (E) incorrect?

Choice (D) makes an idiom mistake, pure and simple. The adjective "able" and the noun "ability" take the infinitive 100% of the time, never never never "for" + [gerund]. Choice (D) make this classic idiom mistake and is just plain wrong. For more on this idiom, see:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/verbs-that ... -the-gmat/

Choice (E) is trickier. It is 100% grammatically correct, but awkward --- a bit too wordy and indirect. Compare it to the OA:
(B) whether it can broaden ... clean, crisp, direct, powerful
(E) the ability for it to broaden ... clunky, wordy, mealymouthed, awkward
Whenever we encapsulate action as a noun ("ability") instead of as a verb ("can"), we are making the entire sentence less direct and less powerful. Such a move is almost always wrong on the GMAT SC. Action should be expressed as verbs, to give the sentence the most punch. See:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/active-verbs-on-the-gmat/

Does all this make sense?
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Beyond the immediate cash flow crisis that the museum faces, its survival depends on if it can broaden its membership and leave its cramped quarters for a site where it can store and exhibit its more than 12,000 artifacts.
(A) if it can broaden its membership and leave
(B) whether it can broaden its membership and leave
(C) whether or not it has the capability to broaden its membership and can leave
(D) its ability for broadening its membership and leaving
(E) the ability for it to broaden its membership and leave

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whether, not if, is used for "yes,no " meaning. This point is gmat standard, not general grammar standard.
ability to do is idiom
capability of doing: is idiom

"for somebody to do some thing" is expansion of " to do some thing" . but this expansion is not a formular which is applicable to every phrase. where to use this expansion is the problem of idiom. in short, " ability for it to do" is not idiomatic.
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In B "whether" is used, but "whether" should be used only when there are two possibilities mentioned in the sentence right?
or is it like whether two possibilities are mentioned in the sentence or not, if two possibilities exists "whether" should be used ? (I hope I used "whether" correctly :wink: )
"Whether" should be used for two choices--however, the phrase "whether or not" is usually considered redundant on the GMAT. In this case, the two options are that the museum could succeed or it could fail; however, the "or not" is correctly implied by the sentence, rather than being redundantly made explicit.

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B is the best answer. whether or not is always wrong.
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My Approach to solve this is as follows :

1. Read the option A, whether is more apt than if in this scenario hence A is out
2. In the last split leave, leaving is a wrong tense hence D is out
3. Now with B,C and E, "The" in E is out of context hence out
4. Left with B and C... C is too wordy and whether or not idiom is not required. Hence answer is B

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Split1) "Ability + to", D and E say "ability+for" => this is not correct grammer. D and E are out.

Split2) The use of "whether" is correct and the GMAT prefers one word "whether" to the long "whether or not" so C is out.

Split3) Idiom? "depends + on" vs. "depends + if". I want to say that the correct grammar is "depends + on" and this is because IDIOM rules. Now, I am not sure about it, but please if someone can enlighten me with a more solid reason this split, I would greatly appreciate it. If "depends+on" holds, then A is incorrect. Source of reading on split3: http://www.waywordradio.org/discussion/ ... ends-upon/

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Can someone clarify why A is wrong?


I think I have figured it out.

If is used for conditional sentences.
Recognize a conditional sentence by, reversing it. If it still makes sense, then it is a conditional sentence.

If I exercised regularly, I would be healthier. I would be healthier, if I exercised regularly.

Whether is used for alternatives.

The sentence can not be flipped therefore it should be non conditional and whether is required.

Please correct me, if I am wrong.

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I think I have figured it out.

If is used for conditional sentences.
Recognize a conditional sentence by, reversing it. If it still makes sense, then it is a conditional sentence.

If I exercised regularly, I would be healthier. I would be healthier, if I exercised regularly.

Whether is used for alternatives.

The sentence can not be flipped therefore it should be non conditional and whether is required.

Please correct me, if I am wrong.


Yes, option A can be neglected based on if and whether usage.

If is used for conditions and whether is used for questions.

Beyond the immediate cash flow crisis that the museum faces, its survival depends on whether it can broaden its membership and leave its cramped quarters for a site where it can store and exhibit its more than 12,000 artifacts.
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nehanishika wrote:
Beyond the immediate cash flow crisis that the museum faces, its survival depends on if it can broaden its membership and leave its cramped quarters for a site where it can store and exhibit its more than 12,000 artifacts.
(A) if it can broaden its membership and leave
(B) whether it can broaden its membership and leave
(C) whether or not it has the capability to broaden its membership and can leave
(D) its ability for broadening its membership and leaving
(E) the ability for it to broaden its membership and leave

explain please


A "Depends on if" is incorrect.
B Correct
C "Whether or not" is redundant
D "Its ability for" is incorrect.
E "The ability for" is incorrect.

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Beyond the immediate cash flow crisis that the museum faces, its survival depends on if it can broaden its membership and leave its cramped quarters for a site where it can store and exhibit its more than 12,000 artifacts.
(A) if it can broaden its membership and leave
(B) whether it can broaden its membership and leave
(C) whether or not it has the capability to broaden its membership and can leave
(D) its ability for broadening its membership and leaving
(E) the ability for it to broaden its membership and leave

Could somebody clarify why D is wrong?


A "If" requires a corresponding "then" statement, and none is given here.
B Correct.
C "Whether or not" is redundant.
D "Ability for" is not idiomatic.
E "Ability for" is not idiomatic.

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frankiegar wrote:
Beyond the immediate cash flow crisis that the museum faces, its survival depends on if it can broaden its membership and leave its cramped quarters for a site where it can store and exhibit its more than 12,000 artifacts.
(A) if it can broaden its membership and leave
(B) whether it can broaden its membership and leave
(C) whether or not it has the capability to broaden its membership and can leave
(D) its ability for broadening its membership and leaving
(E) the ability for it to broaden its membership and leave

Could somebody clarify why D is wrong?


able and ability takes the preposition
So correct idioms are " able to" and "ability to"
Capable take for construction
capable for correct
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Remove the fluff.

Beyond the immediate cash flow crisis that the museum faces, its survival depends on if it can broaden its membership and leave its cramped quarters for a site where it can store and exhibit its more than 12,000 artifacts.

Here the pronoun 'it' refers to 'the museum'. Now the important thing about 'if' is that it is only valid when used in a true conditional statement.
For ex: If you make a right turn, we can stop at a gas station. If we reverse this example, we get: We can stop at a gas station if you make a right turn.

Applying this analogy, reverse the original sentence: It can broaden its membership if its survival depends on???......doesnt sound right.
The correct phrase here is whether. Hence eliminate A and D

With E, the sentence becomes its survival depends on the ability for it to broaden...... has no condition at all and changes intent

Between B and C, whether or not it has the capacity to broaden its membership and can leave shows incorrect parallelism between to broaden and can leave.
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