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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,
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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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CAN ANY ONE PLEASE EXPLAIN ME THE "IF ... WERE CONSTRUCTION"

heres an explanation.

http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000031.htm

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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,
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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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CAN ANY ONE PLEASE EXPLAIN ME THE "IF ... WERE CONSTRUCTION"

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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,

I will go with C). It is hypothetical subjunctive as Nitya mentioned... (latter-day) unreal event not sure with if.

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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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Choice is between C and D for "were". Eat, relax, buff and watch are parallel. Eat, relaxing, buff and watching are not parallel.
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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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good explanation for could vs would, amit2k9! +1
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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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Correct me if I'm wrong, but the GMAT always uses oxford comma. C is the best answer here, but is lacking the oxford comma. What's the source of this question?

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C it is
If Were CONSTRUCTION
Parallelism
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15 Mar 2009, 10:09
I'll go with C.

Question: Is "Could" fine in subjunctive case?

If A were B, A could do ....
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15 Mar 2009, 20:57
Agree with C and reasoning mentioned.

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15 Mar 2009, 22:37
I also chose C for the following reasons:
1. If ....were......
2. Parallelism

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31 Mar 2010, 08:02
Found C to be the best option to opt for...but was caught with the "were"... If...were construction data was quite a help!

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Answer C... "if .. were" construction and Parallelism makes it the best choice.

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