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# If anyone at InterCom Financial Advisers would have

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Updated on: 20 Aug 2013, 02:00
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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
(C) If any people at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated
(E) If anybody at InterCom Financial Advisers anticipated

anyone vs anypeople??? basically B, and D are same except anyone/anypeople ...

Originally posted by ugimba on 03 Apr 2009, 11:28.
Last edited by fameatop on 20 Aug 2013, 02:00, edited 1 time in total.
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03 Apr 2009, 22:37
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D.

The pronoun "they" is plural; therefore, its antecedent must be plural. That means the answer cannot be A, B, or E. ("Anyone" is singular. "People" is plural.) "Would have anticipated" is not the correct tense, so the answer can't be C. Therefore, the answer must be D.
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04 Apr 2009, 06:50
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Raison wrote:
D.

The pronoun "they" is plural; therefore, its antecedent must be plural. That means the answer cannot be A, B, or E. ("Anyone" is singular. "People" is plural.) "Would have anticipated" is not the correct tense, so the answer can't be C. Therefore, the answer must be D.

Raison... thanks .. didn't see that ..yes OA is D.
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18 Apr 2012, 22:55
This is the case that never happened in the past

If past perfect, then Conditional Perfect..
So D is the one which fits this..
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20 Apr 2012, 16:04
Ugh, went for B, didn't think anyone was singular and conflicted with they.. good call.
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27 Jan 2013, 04:11
What would you replace 'they' with to make the sentence singular??
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18 Aug 2013, 21:58
roopika2990 wrote:
What would you replace 'they' with to make the sentence singular??

'He or she' or maybe that person. Not sure though

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19 Aug 2013, 14:41
This question is basically testing the usage of IF THEN CONSTRUCTION ....Here the then statement of the IF "THEN" construction is in the non underlined portion starting after second comma.." they would have advised owners of Koniko stock to unload all shares immediately"..As we know that THEN can be dropped in such construction thats why we we dont see a THEN here...

As the rule states.............Past Perfect (IF statement) needs would + have + past participle( THEN statement)

Thus the "Would have" in the non underlined portions clearly seeks a PAST PERFECT "HAD" in the IF statement ....Thus the only option we are left with is D....
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20 Aug 2013, 00:03
ugimba wrote:
Raison wrote:
D.

The pronoun "they" is plural; therefore, its antecedent must be plural. That means the answer cannot be A, B, or E. ("Anyone" is singular. "People" is plural.) "Would have anticipated" is not the correct tense, so the answer can't be C. Therefore, the answer must be D.

Raison... thanks .. didn't see that ..yes OA is D.

Ugh, I totally ignored verb agreement. Good eye.
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17 Sep 2013, 01:42
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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
(C) If any people at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated
(E) If anybody at InterCom Financial Advisers anticipated
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17 Sep 2013, 02:56
The question tests the "IF then Construction", the sentence continues with "would have" as an acting in the future in the case they "had" known. There is only one answer choice that uses this construction
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17 Oct 2013, 15:33
I don't get this one at all. I get about 95% of SCs correct, and I think the OA is the worst possible choice. "they " later in the sentence is plural, but 'anyone' can be plural as well.
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27 Nov 2013, 22:56
ugimba wrote:
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
(C) If any people at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated
(E) If anybody at InterCom Financial Advisers anticipated

anyone vs anypeople??? basically B, and D are same except anyone/anypeople ...

Exactly the sentence correctly testing the IF……THEN construction . The correct form- ' case that never happened' is IF-Pas perfect tense, THEN- Conditional perfect tense..

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19 Nov 2015, 04:21
D it is.
Because
1- Pronoun "They" requires Plural antecedent.
2- Its a classic example of If.. Then Construction - If ....Past Perfect....Then...Would+Have +verb
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15 Jan 2018, 23:21
ugimba wrote:
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
(C) If any people at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated
(E) If anybody at InterCom Financial Advisers anticipated

anyone vs anypeople??? basically B, and D are same except anyone/anypeople ...

Its pretty straight forward first of all we need to decide we need condition "if" or not and we need condition as it represent if x happened than y happened. now as we are using if and we can see in then condition verb is "would have" which can only use with had so we need had in if condition.
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