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# Contrary to the scholarly wisdom of the 1950s and early

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Contrary to the scholarly wisdom of the 1950’s and
early 1960’s that predicted the processes of
modernization and rationalization would gradually
undermine it
, ethnicity is a worldwide phenomenon
of increasing importance.

(A) would gradually undermine it
(B) to be a gradual undermining of it
(C) would be a gradual undermining of ethnicity
(D) to gradually undermine ethnicity
(E) gradually undermining it
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08 Nov 2007, 17:36
I will go with A

eliminate c and d as ethinicity cant be repeated

eliminate b as processes is plural while a gradual undermining is singular

Between a and e, choose a dut to correct tense and use of would.

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08 Nov 2007, 19:59
GMAT TIGER wrote:
Ravshonbek wrote:
Contrary to the scholarly wisdom of the 1950’s and
early 1960’s that predicted the processes of
modernization and rationalization would gradually
undermine it
, ethnicity is a worldwide phenomenon
of increasing importance.

(A) would gradually undermine it
(B) to be a gradual undermining of it
(C) would be a gradual undermining of ethnicity
(D) to gradually undermine ethnicity
(E) gradually undermining it

A. rest have flaws.

I have read somewhere that if there is "would" in the statement look for "were" and vice versa. Is it correct? taken this example I selected E because it does not have "would".
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08 Nov 2007, 21:44
yash500 wrote:
GMAT TIGER wrote:
Ravshonbek wrote:
Contrary to the scholarly wisdom of the 1950’s and early 1960’s that predicted the processes of modernization and rationalization would gradually undermine it, ethnicity is a worldwide phenomenon of increasing importance.

(A) would gradually undermine it
(B) to be a gradual undermining of it
(C) would be a gradual undermining of ethnicity
(D) to gradually undermine ethnicity
(E) gradually undermining it

A. rest have flaws.

I have read somewhere that if there is "would" in the statement look for "were" and vice versa. Is it correct? taken this example I selected E because it does not have "would".

in subjunctive/conditional case; not every where.
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