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New post 28 Mar 2019, 00:37
can someone please elaborate on the right answer further?
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New post 28 Mar 2019, 01:40
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can someone please elaborate on the right answer further?
Are you asking about the usage of if only? In this case, it means that the reason the sentence introduces is a "just about okay" reason (there could be better reasons not mentioned in the sentence). Take a look at this dictionary entry for more examples.
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Building large new hospitals in the bistate 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 alone
(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

I dont understand the OA at all
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The helping verbs "would" and "should" should NEVER go in the if part of the sentence, according to the GMAT! Be careful, as this construction is common in some regional forms of English.

Source: MGMAT SC

I rejected option E on the basis of above. Is there any exception of above stated Quote?



GMATNinja EducationAisle Could you please explain why choice E is better than C? I feel it's wrong to just subjunctive in the "If clause". I don't see any issues with C.
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I don't see any issues with C.

Hi dabaobao

in that is used to depict in the sense that / in as much as. Here, the intent is to depict a causal connection and hence, in that is not the most appropriate usage.

It is also worthwhile to note that OG-13 observes that "in that" has largely gone out of use, and it is considered stilted and overly formal.

There are a couple of official sentences where the correct option uses in that. However, these seem to be quite old questions.

At the very least, we suggest that you should consider the option using in that only if there is something significantly wrong with all other options.
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Building large new hospitals in the bistate 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 alone
(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

Experts please throw some light on the answer of this question.in subjunctive mood,in the if part modal verb should is used then how can would be used in then part?

please help.

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Experts please throw some light on the answer of this question.in subjunctive mood,in the if part modal verb should is used then how can would be used in then part?

please help.

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I'm not sure if this answers your question, but if only because just means that we're about to introduce a reasonably (but not particularly) good reason for something.
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Experts please throw some light on the answer of this question.in subjunctive mood,in the if part modal verb should is used then how can would be used in then part?

please help.

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I'm not sure if this answers your question, but if only because just means that we're about to introduce a reasonably (but not particularly) good reason for something.



No ajitesh, my question is related to the use of verb.
In sentences with condition,
If clause has 'should' verb,why then clause has 'would' verb?

Rule book for conditional sentences says
If 'If clause has 'would' verb',then 'in then clause would have verb is required'.
But in this particular questio,option E doesn't follow the rule.

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isn't 'if' and 'because' redundant in E? Moreover E is looking very awkward. Can someone explain how to deal with such question when the right option looks the most awkward one :( :(
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isn't 'if' and 'because' redundant in E? Moreover E is looking very awkward. Can someone explain how to deal with such question when the right option looks the most awkward one :( :(
If only because will seem a little weird if you haven't seen it before. The best thing to do here is to understand how it is used (here and here).
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New post 26 Jun 2019, 07:26
To choose between C, D, E, we need to think about the meaning.
C means : there is only one reason that the hospital would constitute a waste.
D means : although we should not waste resources, the hospital would constitute a waste.
E means : there could be many reasons, but just consider "not wasting resource", the hospital would constitute a waste.

D is terribly wrong. E is the right meaning based on the tone of the passage.
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This is a typical subjunctive mood question.

The subjunctive mood is when you have a sentence that refers to an opinion, a wish, etc. Something to the contrary.

If you read a sentence and you get a feel for the subjunctive mood, always match an IF with a WOULD. Also if you see a were/if/would, boom, that's your answer. Classic subjunctive mood.

eg.

I would most definitely buy a Ferrari Enzo, if I were to accumulate enough cash.


Great and simle explanation

only keep in mind if any opinion word is there like might,should use 'if" for keeping the sentence as opinion not actual
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Please explain the use of "if only because" construct
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Not understanding this question and the answers.
Don't know whether "if only because" is the correct idiom or not.
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Building large new hospitals in the bistate 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 alone
(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



(A),(B),(C) all commit the same meaning error:

We're told to avoid duplicated facilities, whereas what we really should be avoiding is the duplication of facilities. Phrased this way (in A,B,C) the meaning of the sentence is "Do not go to / Do not visit" duplicated facilities.

(D) lacks contrast..

"While" contrasts two different clauses, which isn't the case here.


(E)

Not pretty, but it works. Meaning of the sentence makes sense and no error is committed when phrased this way.
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GMATNinja VeritasKarishma need experts opinion in solving this question..please help!
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How do approach this question? I thought this is a noun+noun modifier case.
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Building large new hospitals in the bistate area would constitute a wasteful use of resources, on the basis of avoidance of duplicated facilities alone.

(B) on the grounds of avoiding duplicated facilities alone

Option B clearly flows with the tense of the previous clause on explaining why the decision is a wasteful use of resources; for the simple reason of avoiding duplicated facilities. I don't understand how a wordy option 'E' can be the correct choice here.
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Hi Verbal Expert, I find this question extremely vague and even after spending 10 minutes trying to understand the answer options, I could make out the only difference between OA and the other options is the idiomatic phrase 'if only'. Could you please help me with more areas of how I can eliminate the other answer options. Also, do such questions come in the GMAT?
I would really appreciate your help! Thanks in advance! :)
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Hi Verbal Expert, I find this question extremely vague and even after spending 10 minutes trying to understand the answer options, I could make out the only difference between OA and the other options is the idiomatic phrase 'if only'. Could you please help me with more areas of how I can eliminate the other answer options. Also, do such questions come in the GMAT?
I would really appreciate your help! Thanks in advance! :)

Hello, crackGMAT760. I am sorry to hear that you downed 10 minutes on this question, but at the same time, I am glad that you are willing to put in the time to understand the question. To answer your second question first (before I forget), this was an official question at one point in time, but I doubt it would appear as such on the GMAT™ today, since, as EducationAisle has pointed out above, GMAC™ itself seems to have reversed its position on testing the idiom if only, calling it stilted and overly formal. As for my own approach, I did not use idioms as a guide to point to the correct answer, but I answered (E) in 46 seconds. The reason is that if you read duplicated facilities in choices (A), (B), and (C) in a literal sense, you will interpret the modifier to mean, facilities that have been duplicated. That might sound innocent enough, but it is the action of duplicating facilities that the sentence seems to be passing judgment on. In other words, there is no problem with stepping foot inside a facility that is identical to another, but duplicating facilities, building facilities that are the same (perhaps in both form and function), is shunned here, and choice (E) indicates further that such duplication should be avoided on principle alone (if only because). Meanwhile, choice (D) opts for an unqualified while, which in the context of the rest of the sentence suggests although. Since we are told that the duplication of facilities should be avoided, a negative, we would expect the first half of the sentence to deliver a positive element to serve as a contrast, but all we see is another negative: a wasteful use of resources. Thus, in terms of meaning, choice (E) is the only justifiable answer. In short:

spriya wrote:
Building large new hospitals in the bistate 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 alone
(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


I hope that helps. If you have further questions, feel free to ask. Good luck with your studies.

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