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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

Why is D wrong? Please stay away from explanations such as 'can is certainty, could is possibility' or ' even if is an assertion and although is possibility'. They do not seem to convince me. Any other approach to rule out D is most welcome. Is there any 'have' effect? Thanks in advance! :)

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saravalli wrote:
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


A and D are incorrect verb tenses

B change meaning by using "despite", which sounds like people are able to afford.

Between C and E, C seems more concise. IMO C.

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D is wrong because you need past perfect (would have) when referring to the grandparents

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D is wrong because it uses past tense "could".

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New post 10 Nov 2008, 12:39
here is what i think : (going for c)

the non-underlined part of the sentence is in present/present-perfect (remains) tense and the underlined portion uses "would find"

the construction is wrong ; because we can use this construction when the rest of the sentence was in past tense and we were talking about a future event
with respect to that time (past).

Now here "would have found" clearly indicates present-perfect event

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New post 11 Nov 2008, 08:00
Hi guys,

IMO E

(A) even if able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle I miss something between if and able

(B) despite being able to afford household appliances their grandparents would find a miracle being...

(C) even if they can afford household appliances their grandparents would have found miraculous I miss a connector between appliances and their

(D) although they could afford household appliances their grandparents would find miraculous I miss a connector between appliances and their

(E) even if they are able to afford household appliances which would have been a miracle to their grandparents Hold

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saravalli wrote:
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

Why is D wrong? Please stay away from explanations such as 'can is certainty, could is possibility' or ' even if is an assertion and although is possibility'. They do not seem to convince me. Any other approach to rule out D is most welcome. Is there any 'have' effect? Thanks in advance! :)


I think the choice between C and D is tenses. grandparents would have found miraculous fits the bill more appropriately than would find miraculous.

So far E is concerned it has which without a comma. Moreover as we clearly know which begins a non restrictive clause we can wipe out the clause beginning with which and the sentence should make sense. it does not hence E is certainly out.

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