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If anyone at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated, or even suspected, the impending sale of the Koniko kelp processing plant, they would have advised owners of Koniko stock to unload all shares immediately.

(A) If anyone at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated
(B) Had anyone at InterCom Financial Advisers anticipated
(C) If any people at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated
(D) If any people at InterCom Financial Advisers had anticipated
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05 Jan 2005, 08:55
I would go with D

"they would have advised owners of Koniko" in the main sentence suggests that you should be looking for plural subject.
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05 Jan 2005, 09:00
praveen_rao7 wrote:
I would go with D

"they would have advised owners of Koniko" in the main sentence suggests that you should be looking for plural subject.

can you please elaborate on this one? what is the OA?
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05 Jan 2005, 09:01
D. 'they' in the sentence indicates that choices with 'anyone' or 'anybody' are incorrect.
Also 'would' should not be used twice. Had X happened, Y would have ... is the correct usage.
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05 Jan 2005, 09:02
why is B incorrect?
it is in the right usage and tense..
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05 Jan 2005, 09:06
B is wrong because it uses 'anyone' which does not go with 'they'.
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05 Jan 2005, 09:09
Tricky one. What does "they" in "they would have advised owners of Koniko stock to unload all shares immediately" refer to? The company "InterCom Financial Advisers" or the people / individual who would have had the insider information?

Due to this ambiguity, unable to decide between B and D.
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05 Jan 2005, 09:44
'D' uses the correct 'if...then' construction.
If anyone at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated, (then) they would have............
'they' refers to 'any'
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05 Jan 2005, 10:07
If anyone at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated, or even suspected, the impending sale of the Koniko kelp processing plant, they would have advised owners of Koniko stock to unload all shares immediately.

(A) If anyone at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated
(B) Had anyone at InterCom Financial Advisers anticipated
(C) If any people at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated
(D) If any people at InterCom Financial Advisers had anticipated
(E) If anybody at InterCom Financial Advisers anticipated

I choose D. Very tricky like others said - what does "they" refer to? I think "any people" somehow in GMAT's sense can be plural.

B seems ok with me initially, but the "If...then" structure fits better here. If the question says "....., he or she would have advised....", then B is good.

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05 Jan 2005, 10:37
D sounds awful. Why would we say "had any people"? When speaking of "any", we want to single out ONE person. We should not continue with a plural noun. B is the only option which has the right subjunctive form but does not have the right plural subject for the second part's pronoun to refer to. "they" should have been replaced by "that person" to properly refer to "anyone". This is a very badly written question.
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06 Jan 2005, 06:40
Paul wrote:
D sounds awful. Why would we say "had any people"? When speaking of "any", we want to single out ONE person. We should not continue with a plural noun. B is the only option which has the right subjunctive form but does not have the right plural subject for the second part's pronoun to refer to. "they" should have been replaced by "that person" to properly refer to "anyone". This is a very badly written question.

Hmmm.. . you are right, I was only worried about fixing the first part to match "they" in the second part. I agree with you that this is a poorly written question. I guess OA is non of the above
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06 Jan 2005, 09:31
I got your point, Paul. I was wrong on this one...

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07 Jan 2005, 09:12
The OA is D.

I agree this a bit ugly question. Among the alternatives I would go for D.

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15 Jul 2011, 21:43
+1 D

Conditional for not real past situations.
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Re: SC - anyone at InterCom   [#permalink] 15 Jul 2011, 21:43
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