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# Greek mathematician and physicist Archimedes discovered —while taking

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Greek mathematician and physicist Archimedes discovered —while taking a bath, legend has it— that if an object that is more dense than water is submerged in water then an amount of water equal to the volume of the object is displaced by that object.

A) that if an object that is more dense than water is submerged in
B) that if we submerge an object, being more dense than water, in
C) if an object more dense than water is submerged in
D) if we submerge an object that is more dense than water in
E) that if an object more dense than water were to be submerged in

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11 Nov 2017, 21:26
Why is it not option D. Why can't we use "were"
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Greek mathematician and physicist Archimedes discovered —while taking a bath, legend has it— that if an object that is more dense than water is submerged in water then an amount of water equal to the volume of the object is displaced by that object.

A) that if an object that is more dense than water is submerged in
B) that if we submerge an object, being more dense than water, in
C) if an object more dense than water is submerged in
D) if we submerge an object that is more dense than water in
E) that if an object more dense than water were to be submerged in

hi vamsi44 and gmat8268,

ans should be A and this is WHY

1) discovered
are we taking about a noun a or a clause??
if we are talking of a discovery of some item, we avoid THAT
But if we are talking of an observation, making the part after discovered as a clause, USE that.
C and D can be eliminated
2) B can be easily eliminated for usage of BEING and awkward construction
3) usage of were
were makes the portion SUBJUNCTIVE, which is not te case here when we look at the non-underlined portion
E is eliminated on this point

ans A
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