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If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe was marooned on an island

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15 May 2011, 07:22
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oh, this has been discussed before , but my doubt still remains, i want to know the difference between the usage of would and could. doesn't would sound better here with the right option ?

looking at the future from the past , that's the rule for the usage of would .
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15 May 2011, 17:27
agree with D
but don't we need comma before "and" ?!
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if were.... relax...buff and watch parallel.

C is clean here.

Could/ Would

I could have owned a Ferrari, if I were rich.
I would have owned a Ferrari,if I were rich.

Could - essentially shows just an ability.
Would - shows more of an intention than the ability.

Intentions may or may not be met.Hence would is used in subjunctive cases which are impossible or never happened in the past.

'Could' here shows Robinson's ability here more than his intention thus a better usage.
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16 May 2011, 07:17
ok that explanation makes sense . +1 for this
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16 May 2011, 07:51
C because of parallelism- he could eat...relax...buff...and watch. and also the hypothetical if...were construction.
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19 Jul 2011, 01:49
Guys dont we need an AND here - "he could eat dates and coconut meat, AND relax in a palm recliner in his palm-post bungalow under a palm-thatch roof," We have a list here with 2 items and so isnt an AND called for?
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good explanation for could vs would, amit2k9! +1
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19 Jul 2011, 04:27
Can anybody explain why "and" is not needed before "relax"?
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19 Jul 2011, 05:02
rajivchandak wrote:
Can anybody explain why "and" is not needed before "relax"?

because relax is not the last word in the parallel construction. the sentence continues after the underlined portion with "watch" and the last parallel work. look at sesamemochi's post.
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19 Jul 2011, 05:40
What is this hypothetical if...were construction??
Am i missing something??
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if you have MGMAT SC book, have a look at subjunctive mood.
basically, it means that for hypothetical "If I" or "If he/she" construction "were" is used..have a look at Ron's explanation on this link: http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/sc- ... t9436.html
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19 Jul 2011, 12:01
Good question. I agree that C is correct, but about D, can't we enter a modifier in between in a parallel construction? I mean what is wrong with, "I could eat meat,( while) relaxing on the recliner.."?
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19 Jul 2011, 15:59
+1 C

Parallelism.
This type of conditionals requires "were", not "was".
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Good question. I agree that C is correct, but about D, can't we enter a modifier in between in a parallel construction? I mean what is wrong with, "I could eat meat,( while) relaxing on the recliner.."?

It's possible, but probably you would change the meaning of the sentence.
Nothing tells you that those all actions are performed at the same time.
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19 Jul 2011, 23:11
vinayrsm: Thanks for the explanation about hypothetical if...were construction!!
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23 Aug 2011, 17:34
vinayrsm wrote:
if you have MGMAT SC book, have a look at subjunctive mood.
basically, it means that for hypothetical "If I" or "If he/she" construction "were" is used..have a look at Ron's explanation on this link: http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/sc- ... t9436.html

I 'd be more accurate: in this case WERE is used in all of the voices (I, you, he.....) because is an hypothetical situation....theory. and not only because we have IF
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26 Aug 2011, 00:03
Eliminated ABE in 3s, got C in 20...is this really 700+ level?
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27 Aug 2011, 03:54
yup.for sure.........maybe for you is simple to spot the errors...good for you amazing

But this one is a 700 level question
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if i were, and parallel construction. C
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06 Apr 2012, 08:10
Subjunctive "were" is appropriate here. So A, B and E are out. Dont just rule out D because it uses a continuous "relaxing" that doesnt seem to be parallel with eat, buff and watch. In many cases, use of continuous tense among simple presents can be correct.

Pay close attention to whether the continuous tense adds new activity in the list or simply modifies the earlier written activity. For instance "I ate my hamburger and watched TV" - lists two activities. Now consider "I ate my hamburger, watching TV" - Still two activities but the latter acts as a modifier and not just another activity. Therefore, pay attention to whether the author means that Crusoe ate dates and meat while relaxing in a recliner or that the Crusoe ate date and meat and also relaxed in a recliner.
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