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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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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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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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11 Jul 2007, 21:55
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, 00:31
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, 03:26
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, 07:55
Thanks for the clarification on that! I'll be sure to remember that on future Whether questions!
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12 Jul 2007, 11:11
simonsanchez wrote:
Thanks for the clarification on that! I'll be sure to remember that on future Whether questions!
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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, 12:15
OA is B, but why D option is wrong...is it use of gerund for action...
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22 Aug 2012, 02:50
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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22 Aug 2012, 10:28
vivekdixit07 wrote:
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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11 Jan 2013, 01:21
"if" is not permited but "weather" is permited to used to say "happen or not" . This is different from general grammar

capability of doing
is idiom
ability to do
is idiom
those 2 points are in general grammar

someone's ability to do
is idiom

ability for someone to do

is not idiom

pls, confirm/modify thank you
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(A) if it can broaden its membership and leave --------if only takes a condition/consequence

(B) whether it can broaden its membership and leave--correct
(C) whether or not it has the capability to broaden its membership and can leave-----whether or not is gramatically correct but it is imp to know that GMAT doesn't approve of it
(D) its ability for broadening its membership and leaving---ability to(idiom)
(E) the ability for it to broaden its membership and leave---ability to(idiom)
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08 Jul 2013, 22:56
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

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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08 Jul 2013, 23:59
@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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09 Jul 2013, 09:47
Guys, i have rechecked my answers and i am sure i am correct about it
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17 Aug 2013, 01:36
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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