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

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If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe was marooned on an island with an eclectic mix of palms, he could eat dates and coconut meat, relax in a palm recliner in his palm-post bungalow under a palm-thatch roof, buff his palm-plank surfboard with carnauba palm wax and watch a palm-fringed sunset.

(A) If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe was marooned on an island with an eclectic mix of palms, he could eat dates and coconut meat, relax in a palm recliner in his palm-post bungalow under a palm-thatch roof,
(B) If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe was marooned on an island with an eclectic mix of palms, he could eat dates and coconut meat, relaxing in a palm recliner in his palm-post bungalow under a palm-thatch roof,
(C) If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe were marooned on an island with an eclectic mix of palms, he could eat dates and coconut meat, relax in a palm recliner in his palm-post bungalow under a palm-thatch roof,
(D) If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe were marooned on an island with an eclectic mix of palms, he could eat dates and coconut meat, relaxing in a palm recliner in his palm-post bungalow under a palm-thatch roof,
(E) If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe was marooned on an island with an eclectic mix of palms, he could eat dates and coconut meat, to relax in a palm recliner in his palm-post bungalow under a palm-thatch roof,

Originally posted by neeshpal on 15 Mar 2009, 09:33.
Last edited by Narenn on 26 Mar 2014, 21:27, edited 1 time in total.
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15 Mar 2009, 10:01
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C it is
If Were CONSTRUCTION
Parallelism
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20 Mar 2009, 06:03
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CAN ANY ONE PLEASE EXPLAIN ME THE "IF ... WERE CONSTRUCTION"
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20 Mar 2009, 07:29
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CAN ANY ONE PLEASE EXPLAIN ME THE "IF ... WERE CONSTRUCTION"

heres an explanation.

http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000031.htm
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09 Apr 2011, 21:58
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Pretty straightforward! C! hypothetical subjunctive mood in this sentence..IF Robinson Crusoe WAS is incorrect. For IF..Then type sentences with a conditional structure..WERE should always be used..C is perfect with parallelism ..eat relax buff
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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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16 May 2011, 01:11
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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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19 Jul 2011, 05:27
Can anybody explain why "and" is not needed before "relax"?
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19 Jul 2011, 06:02
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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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09 Apr 2012, 14:05
Why can't it be D? Because of parallelism or is it something else?
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26 Mar 2014, 23:55
ArnauAnglerill wrote:
neeshpal wrote:
If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe was marooned on an island with an eclectic mix of palms, he could eat dates and coconut meat, relax in a palm recliner in his palm-post bungalow under a palm-thatch roof, buff his palm-plank surfboard with carnauba palm wax and watch a palm-fringed sunset.

(A) If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe was marooned on an island with an eclectic mix of palms, he could eat dates and coconut meat, relax in a palm recliner in his palm-post bungalow under a palm-thatch roof,
(B) If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe was marooned on an island with an eclectic mix of palms, he could eat dates and coconut meat, relaxing in a palm recliner in his palm-post bungalow under a palm-thatch roof,
(C) If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe were marooned on an island with an eclectic mix of palms, he could eat dates and coconut meat, relax in a palm recliner in his palm-post bungalow under a palm-thatch roof,
(D) If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe were marooned on an island with an eclectic mix of palms, he could eat dates and coconut meat, relaxing in a palm recliner in his palm-post bungalow under a palm-thatch roof,
(E) If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe was marooned on an island with an eclectic mix of palms, he could eat dates and coconut meat, to relax in a palm recliner in his palm-post bungalow under a palm-thatch roof,

I'll go for D. Relaxing is referring to he and therefore is correct from the structure and meaning point of view. In the answer c who is relax?

All the bold words refer to the "latter-day Robinson Crusoe" itself. And all of them are in the same form and parallel to each other. However, in Option D, the words "eat" and "relaxing" are not parallel, and change the structure of the sentence. Hence D is incorrect.

Hope that helps.
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26 Mar 2017, 03:34
If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe was marooned on an island with an eclectic mix of palms, he could eat dates and coconut meat, relax in a palm recliner in his palm-post bungalow under a palm-thatch roof, buff his palm-plank surfboard with carnauba palm wax and watch a palm-fringed sunset.

It is assumption that is not possible in reality or has not happened in reality.
Ex-
I could fly if I were a bird.

So, remove 'Was' containing options.
A, B, E out.

(A) If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe was marooned on an island with an eclectic mix of palms, he could eat dates and coconut meat, relax in a palm recliner in his palm-post bungalow under a palm-thatch roof,
(B) If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe was marooned on an island with an eclectic mix of palms, he could eat dates and coconut meat, relaxing in a palm recliner in his palm-post bungalow under a palm-thatch roof,
(C) If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe were marooned on an island with an eclectic mix of palms, he could eat dates and coconut meat, relax in a palm recliner in his palm-post bungalow under a palm-thatch roof,
Correct. precise.
(D) If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe were marooned on an island with an eclectic mix of palms, he could eat dates and coconut meat, relaxing in a palm recliner in his palm-post bungalow under a palm-thatch roof,
Comparison issue in the sentence.
(E) If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe was marooned on an island with an eclectic mix of palms, he could eat dates and coconut meat, to relax in a palm recliner in his palm-post bungalow under a palm-thatch roof,
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