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GMAT Plus Book 1 Problem #100

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GMAT Plus Book 1 Problem #100 [#permalink]

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09 Dec 2004, 14:23
If the ice of Greenland and Antarctica were to melt, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet or more.

(A) If the ice of Greenland and Antarctica were to melt, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet or more.
(B) Were the ice of Greenland and Antarctica to melt, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet.
(C) Was the ice of Greenland and Antarctica to melt, the sea level would rise at least 100 or more.
(D) If the ice of Greenland and Antarctica was melting, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet.
(E) Should the ice of Greenland and Antarctica melt, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet or more.

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09 Dec 2004, 17:01
(B)
"at least 100 feet or more" is redundant
"the ice of Greenland and Antarctica" is plural (I believe)

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09 Dec 2004, 18:56
E will explain if correct
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09 Dec 2004, 20:28
Will pick B.

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10 Dec 2004, 07:20
OK, what is the OA?

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10 Dec 2004, 08:50
I will go with 'B'

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10 Dec 2004, 09:49
I think it's A.

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10 Dec 2004, 13:19
I think it is "E"

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10 Dec 2004, 17:09
A - were to melt does not sound good.

Now, we use "were", "had" and "should" in a speculating/imaginative or wishing sentence.

So, my next bet is E.

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10 Dec 2004, 18:54
Will go wid B

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11 Dec 2004, 11:01
Tough to pick between B and E. I would pick E. Here is why.

Should....melt...would rise seems much better than

Were ... to melt...would rise!

Conside this!

Should I go to Disney, I would spend at least \$500 or more!
Were I go to Disney, I would spend at least \$500.

Which one would you pick?

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11 Dec 2004, 13:24

But judging from what everyone is answering, I feel like there is a mistake in the official answers and that the correct answer is B.

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11 Dec 2004, 16:58
Possible, I will do some research if it is OK to have "past continous" within "if"

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11 Dec 2004, 16:58
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