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For many people, household labor remains demanding even if able to afford household
appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
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(A) even if able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
(B) despite being able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a
miracle
(C) even if they can afford household appliances their grandparents would have found
miraculous
(D) although they could afford household appliances their grandparents would find
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(E) even if they are able to afford household appliances which would have been a miracle
to their grandparents
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New post 11 Mar 2011, 06:57
The SC is checking for tense, pronoun ambiguity.

B goes out for "being".
E - "which" spoiler
"find" is present tense - A and D gone.

C remains.

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For many people, household labor remains demanding even if able to afford household
appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
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(A) even if able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
(B) despite being able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a
miracle
(C) even if they can afford household appliances their grandparents would have found
miraculous
(D) although they could afford household appliances their grandparents would find
miraculous
(E) even if they are able to afford household appliances which would have been a miracle
to their grandparents
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i didnt got why "find" is present tense...
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Between “would find” and “would have found” the difference lies in that, “would find” denotes a definite future possibility, but one that has still not started to exist, while “would have found” points to something that started in the past and that might well carry into the future. Hence given that it is grandparents who are involved, “would have found” fits in more aptly than “would find”.

Hence we have to drop choices A, B and D. Between C and E, the passive expression “they are able” is an inferior one to the more dynamic and active “they can”. C is the decisive winner.
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For many people, household labor remains demanding even if able to afford household
appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
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(A) even if able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
(B) despite being able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a
miracle
(C) even if they can afford household appliances their grandparents would have found
miraculous
(D) although they could afford household appliances their grandparents would find
miraculous
(E) even if they are able to afford household appliances which would have been a miracle
to their grandparents


Can some one explain me they and their (pronoun) reflect to People or to the labor?
How one can find out tense problem is there in the sentence?
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For many people, household labor remains demanding even if able to afford household
appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
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(A) even if able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
(B) despite being able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a
miracle
(C) even if they can afford household appliances their grandparents would have found
miraculous
(D) although they could afford household appliances their grandparents would find
miraculous
(E) even if they are able to afford household appliances which would have been a miracle
to their grandparents


Can some one explain me they and their (pronoun) reflect to People or to the labor?
Allways pay attention to the logical antecedent for the pronoun. Here they/their definitely refer to people. If it refers to labor it does not make any sense (labor dont have grandparents). Ex- The car hits the tree and its engine is damaged. (Here it refers to car, and not tree. Tree dont have engine)
How one can find out tense problem is there in the sentence?


Clause 1: For many people, household labor remains demanding (Independent) Tense is present
Clause 2: even if able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle. (Dependent with contrast) the subject "they" is misssing here.

(A) even if able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle. Subject is missing- dont know who can afford
(B) despite being able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle. Subject is missing- Dont now about the subject.
(C) even if they can afford household appliances their grandparents would have found miraculous. Correct Choice- Usage of Can (present tense). The main/Principal clause is in present.
(D) although they could afford household appliances their grandparents would find miraculous. Wrong tense used "could"
(E) even if they are able to afford household appliances which would have been a miracle to their grandparents. Usage of which without comma
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For many people, household labor remains demanding even if able to afford household
appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
.
(A) even if able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
(B) despite being able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a
miracle
(C) even if they can afford household appliances their grandparents would have found
miraculous
(D) although they could afford household appliances their grandparents would find
miraculous
(E) even if they are able to afford household appliances which would have been a miracle
to their grandparents


I missed this question. pls explain the use of "would have found" in choice C. thank you very much.
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For non-native English speakers like me, what should one be aware of to get this kind of question right?

I was wiggling my head around

1. "if-then" structure - and realized it is not conditional sentence
2. No pronoun ambiguity.
3. Not other grammatical rules that I learned helped me .

How to tackle these kind of questions on the real GMAT?
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In which way is "their grandparents would have found miraculous" connected to "household appliances"?
I have selected choice E because I thought in C the pronoun "which" is missing. When can we leave out the relative pronoun?

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For many people, household labor remains demanding even if able to afford household
appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
.
(A) even if able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
(B) despite being able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a
miracle
(C) even if they can afford household appliances their grandparents would have found
miraculous
(D) although they could afford household appliances their grandparents would find
miraculous
(E) even if they are able to afford household appliances which would have been a miracle
to their grandparents


I was able to narrow this down to 'C' and 'E',but went for 'E' as I thought that 'which' is necessary to modify 'appliances' and in 'C' their grandparents is not modifying 'appliances'?

Can any one please throw some light on this aspect.Want a clear understanding of this.
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I'm no verbal expert, but as a native speaker E sounded very wrong because it talks about 'household appliances' (plural) which would have been a miracle (singular). This is stood out even more because other options, such as C, had miraculous (plural)

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For many people, household labor remains demanding even if able to afford household
appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
.
(A) even if able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
(B) despite being able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a
miracle
(C) even if they can afford household appliances their grandparents would have found
miraculous
(D) although they could afford household appliances their grandparents would find
miraculous
(E) even if they are able to afford household appliances which would have been a miracle
to their grandparents


I was able to narrow this down to 'C' and 'E',but went for 'E' as I thought that 'which' is necessary to modify 'appliances' and in 'C' their grandparents is not modifying 'appliances'?

Can any one please throw some light on this aspect.Want a clear understanding of this.
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Let's us also realize, in E, the use of 'which' in a restrictive sense without a comma before it is unusual and needs to be justified for use in ordinary circumstances.
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For many people, household labor remains demanding even if able to afford household
appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
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(A) even if able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle
(B) despite being able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a
miracle
(C) even if they can afford household appliances their grandparents would have found
miraculous
(D) although they could afford household appliances their grandparents would find
miraculous
(E) even if they are able to afford household appliances which would have been a miracle
to their grandparents


beautiful question.
remember conditional sentences.
to say that a non-fact action is likely to happen in present or future, we use "would do". if I were you, I would do this job.
"would do" is impossible to happen because I can not be you. that is why "non fact action is likely to happen".
to say a non fact action is likely to happen in the past, we use "would have done". if I had met her yesterday, I would have shake hands with her". I did not meet her yesterday, so I can not shake hands.

our sentence is the same. in C, "their parent would have found miraculous" is used to say about non fact action which is certain to happen in the past. but this action can not happen because grandparent can not have the appliances .

to expanse this point, I say about "could have done". to say that a non fact action can happen, but is not certain to happen we use "could have done". similarly, we can say" I can do this job. I will do this job" to present a possibility or a likeliness of doing this job.

is this from gmatprep? I suspect because it is possible that there grandparent is still alive and the non fact action is in present time and, so, "would do" is still correct.

this sentence can be considered a conditional sentence to which we are farmiliar.
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