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Britain's representative government, in which citizens vote for lawmakers to uphold their wishes, functions on the belief that if people were unhappy with their circumstances, they have more of an impetus to make their voices heard.

(A) they have more of an impetus to make their voices heard

(B) they would have more of an impetus to make their voices heard

(C) they will have more of an impetus to make their voices heard

(D) it would have more of an impetus to make its voice heard

(E) it will have more of an impetus to make its voice heard


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Britain's representative government, in which citizens vote for lawmakers to uphold their wishes, functions on the belief that if people were unhappy with their circumstances, they have more of an impetus to make their voices heard.

(A) they have more of an impetus to make their voices heard

(B) they would have more of an impetus to make their voices heard

(C) they will have more of an impetus to make their voices heard

(D) it would have more of an impetus to make its voice heard

(E) it will have more of an impetus to make its voice heard


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Concepts being tested here - Subject Pronoun Agreement + Subjunctive mood. We need to write the sentence like this "If people were X, THEY would Y."

A) This is not in correct subjunctive form. INCORRECT
B) CORRECT, pronoun agrees with subject people, subjunctive is written correct
C) INCORRECT for same reason as A
D, E) Both INCORRECT since IT does not agree with subject people. We need THEY.
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Britain's representative government, in which citizens vote for lawmakers to uphold their wishes, functions on the belief that if people were unhappy with their circumstances, they have more of an impetus to make their voices heard.

Meaning analysis: Author wants to say that Britain’s people vote for government representative whom they wish to vote. By doing so citizens believe If people were not happy with this representative, they would have some force that make their voices heard.

Error analysis: Conditionals, if+past simple, then+would+infinitive (or simple past) – Second conditional. With this understanding we can easily eliminate A, C and E. Next we have pronoun “they” refers to “people”, “they” cannot refer to “lawmakers” it is illogical, moreover subject of the second-then clause “they” unambiguously refers to the subject of main-if clause. We can eliminate choice D.

(A) they have more of an impetus to make their voices heard

(B) they would have more of an impetus to make their voices heard

(C) they will have more of an impetus to make their voices heard

(D) it would have more of an impetus to make its voice heard

(E) it will have more of an impetus to make its voice heard

So B is correct

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Britain's representative government, in which citizens vote for lawmakers to uphold their wishes, functions on the belief that if people were unhappy with their circumstances, they have more of an impetus to make their voices heard.

(A) they have more of an impetus to make their voices heard - If condition(simple past), then simple past or would verb -- the usage of "have" is incorrect

(B) they would have more of an impetus to make their voices heard - Correct

(C) they will have more of an impetus to make their voices heard - usage of will have is incorrect

(D) it would have more of an impetus to make its voice heard - Pronoun issue - usage of it for people is incorrect

(E) it will have more of an impetus to make its voice heard - usage of will have is incorrect; usage of it for people is incorrect

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Official Explanation :

Concepts tested : Subject Pronoun Agreement + Subjunctive mood (i.e, "If people were X, they would Y")

Choice (A) and (C) are flawed because the sentences are not in correct subjunctive form.

Choice (B) is correct because here the pronoun they agrees with subject people and the sentence adheres subjunctive form i.e, "If people were X, they would Y."

Choice (D) and (E) can be eliminated because the pronoun it does not agree with subject people.
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