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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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Go with B. Rememberthe simple rule : Whether almost always beats if on GMAT
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B is the answer-'whether' is preferred over 'if', the sentence is short, and broaden and leave are parallel
D cannot be the answer - because,'ability for broadening' is redundant and most of the time 'ability for' signals redundancy
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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

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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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simonsanchez wrote:
This is a little confusing without the underlined section, but I lean towards C because it sounds like a "whether or not" explanation is needed.
C does seem pretty wordy, however, and has some agreement issues with .
I also like B, but don't you need the "or not" with that "whether"?
Whatever, now I'm as confused as nehanishika.

simon,
GMAT actually discourages use of 'whether or not'.
B is fine.
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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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Could somebody clarify why D is wrong?

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OA is B, but why D option is wrong...is it use of gerund for action...

I also couldn't figure it out why D is wrong. Can somebody clarify pls?

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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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11 Jul 2007, 22:55
This is a little confusing without the underlined section, but I lean towards C because it sounds like a "whether or not" explanation is needed.
C does seem pretty wordy, however, and has some agreement issues with .
I also like B, but don't you need the "or not" with that "whether"?
Whatever, now I'm as confused as nehanishika.
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12 Jul 2007, 01:31
simonsanchez wrote:
This is a little confusing without the underlined section, but I lean towards C because it sounds like a "whether or not" explanation is needed.
C does seem pretty wordy, however, and has some agreement issues with .
I also like B, but don't you need the "or not" with that "whether"?
Whatever, now I'm as confused as nehanishika.

It should be B. It is not necessary to add "or not" with "whether". C is too wordy.
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12 Jul 2007, 04:26
Another vote for B. Although a little lengthier than A, which might be a choice for many here, it provides a grammatically correct answer.
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12 Jul 2007, 08:55
Thanks for the clarification on that! I'll be sure to remember that on future Whether questions!
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12 Jul 2007, 12:11
simonsanchez wrote:
Thanks for the clarification on that! I'll be sure to remember that on future Whether questions!
I love this forum!

Another reason is that it is lively and have hot discussions. I like hot (means prompt and quick response)
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12 Jul 2007, 13:15
OA is B, but why D option is wrong...is it use of gerund for action...
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nehanishika wrote:
OA is B, but why D option is wrong...is it use of gerund for action...

I also couldn't figure it out why D is wrong. Can somebody clarify pls?
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B is the answer-'whether' is preferred over 'if', the sentence is short, and broaden and leave are parallel
D cannot be the answer - because,'ability for broadening' is redundant and most of the time 'ability for' signals redundancy

Thanks lotus.

In that case;

could "ability to broaden" be correct construction?
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lotus wrote:
B is the answer-'whether' is preferred over 'if', the sentence is short, and broaden and leave are parallel
D cannot be the answer - because,'ability for broadening' is redundant and most of the time 'ability for' signals redundancy

Thanks lotus.

In that case;

could "ability to broaden" be correct construction?

I think you can say "its ability to broaden its membership and to leave". Comments?
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frankiegar wrote:
nehanishika wrote:
OA is B, but why D option is wrong...is it use of gerund for action...

I also couldn't figure it out why D is wrong. Can somebody clarify pls?

Thanks for the explanation vivekdixit07.

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27 Aug 2012, 05:57
Bxn If & whether : IF is used for CONDITIONAL cases and the following stem doesn't reveal any such condition :

Thus A / D / E are Eliminated

furthermore in D : For Broadening is an incorrect usage of Idiom

Bxn B & C :

C : To broaden ......................AND.................... Leave = Breaks Parallelism

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in both D & E we have the following unidiomatic usage.

Ability for - the correct usage is ability to
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