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14 May 2012, 12:24
Guys,

Sorry this question, but this kind of discussions are new for me.

Do you known the final answer or you are just speculating?

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14 May 2012, 20:24
so we just search the one with if, when there is a subjunctive mood..
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17 May 2012, 13:15
E is correct because, ..if only because.. blah blah blah, is a prepositional phrase (phrase that contains both a preposition and its object) and prepositional phrases can modify either nouns or verbs. In this case is modifying the gerund building..

Do you guys agree??

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25 Dec 2012, 04:25
Can you please explain why A over B?
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25 Dec 2012, 04:45
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Can you please explain why A over B?
Please make it a practice to check the thread(or even other threads ) before posting. Some of your doubts may evaporate while your search(Oh man!! I am talking like a spiritual guru). Both A and B are wrong. The correct answer is E. Please check the link. building-large-new-hospitals-in-the-bistate-area-would-83295.html#p935527

If you have already checked the thread and still looking for specifically A over B, I think A is still better than B as it is only a singular reason we are looking for and not multiple reasons(indicated by "plural" grounds) as in B. I think B would have been better, if said like (B) on the ground (rather than grounds) of avoiding duplicated facilities alone.

Though, both ground/grounds are used in common usage. Nonetheless, I still think both A and B are really bad choices to be considered.
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15 May 2013, 11:49
IMO (e)
Took some time .. but at the end finally chose the right answer..

Building large new hospitals in the bistate area would constitute a wasteful use of resources, on the basis of avoidance of duplicated facilities alone.
<The intention of the statement is that duplication of facilities should be avoided, and by creating new hospitals we are adding to duplication in bistate

(A) on the basis of avoidance of duplicated facilities alone
< Vaguely carries out the intention of the statement but the placement of alone is awkward
(B) on the grounds of avoiding duplicated facilities alone
< "on the basis of" is better option than "on the grounds of"..
(C) solely in that duplicated facilities should be avoided
<changes the meaning of the statement.. it no more provides an explanation as to why the new hospitals should be built.. Usage of 'solely' also cumbersome..
(D) while the duplication of facilities should be avoided
<changes the meaning of the statement.. it no more provides an explanation as to why the new hospitals should be built..
(E) if only because the duplication of facilities should be avoided
Correct usage of "if" with the preceding "would".. (subjunctive clause)... since the premises is hypothetical (..'would constitute..'), the conculding statement should also be in the same sense...
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16 May 2013, 21:15
B. is wrong on the grounds that the correct idiom is "on the grounds that" rather than "of"

E. is the only one that makes idiomatic sense while maintaining parallelism, if only because the other options are inherently flawed.
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19 Jul 2013, 03:40
I got what I need after comparing explanations about this question in three forums.

KEY: The thing that we want to avoid is "duplication" , not facility itself!

So, eliminate A,B,C
D is out because "while" is not proper here

Finally, we left E.
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20 Aug 2013, 05:23
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i thought "would" should not appear in the "if" clause...,
nothing of this sort was clearly mentioned for "should".., which only implies "moral obligation"...
pls clarify..
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13 Dec 2013, 20:12
the right answer is E because there is a conditional...would..if
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30 Apr 2014, 07:12
Can someone please explain the meaning of this Sentence ?
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30 Apr 2014, 13:02
nifoui wrote:
I understand the explanations around the need for "if" after subjunctive mood, it does make sense. But I really don't get what the "only" is doing in the sentence. To me that sound very awkward... so I guess I didn't understand the meaning of the whole sentence.

anyone can clarify this?

In the original, the phrase "on the basis of....alone" implies that this one reason is a good enough or important enough reason for the proposed action. "If only because...." (Choice E) portrays that same meaning, and is much less awkward.

Also you want to avoid "duplicating" not the "facilities" themselves (which eliminates A-C). Maybe the facilities are very nice. It's not the "facilities" fault that they got duplicated. If someone had avoided doing the action of "duplicating" to begin with, we wouldn't have this problem.
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01 May 2014, 18:43
Well, I agree to the explanations for the OA. However, I have a BIG doubt. As far as "if..then" construction is concerned, should we not use would/should in the if structure.
According to MGMAT, pg-112 (SC) and numerable other sources, its stated (quoting MGMAT)
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The helping verbs would & should should NEVER go in the if part of the sentence, accoring to the GMAT!

Kindly clarify, experts!
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Building large new hospitals in the bi-state area would constitute a wasteful use of resources, on the basis of avoidance of duplicated facilities alone .

a. on the basis of avoidance of duplicated facilities

b. on the grounds of avoiding duplicated facilities alone

c. solely in that duplicated facilities should be avoided

d. while the duplication of facilities should be avoided

e. if only because the duplication of facilities should be avoided

in a and b, alone is too far from basis and ground, this case is not prefered.
while in D is incorrect, we do not need time relation.

C change meaning. contribue only
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26 Sep 2015, 10:48
Anybody want to address the logic on this one? Being a native English speaker, I ended up with E just because it sounded the most natural. I cannot say why B or C are incorrect
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30 Sep 2015, 09:24
why the correct answer is E?
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I think that (E) is correct because it's the only option that adresses correctly the conditional issue. In the non underlined portion of the sentence we have ''Building large new hospitals in the bi-state area would constitute a wasteful use of resources'' shows that this is a hypothetical situation. and thus the construction If.. Then (omitted) is the more appropriate here.
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