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# If anyone at InterCom Financial Advisers would have

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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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10 Jul 2009, 07:56
sanoasis 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

its B ...

past unreal condition structure if + sub + had + past participle verb , Sub + would have
OR
had + sub + ppverv , wub + would have
Had any one .. would have
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10 Jul 2009, 08:06
ugimba wrote:
sanoasis 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

its B ...

past unreal condition structure if + sub + had + past participle verb , Sub + would have
OR
had + sub + ppverv , wub + would have
Had any one .. would have

Can you explain this in a bit more detail?? I will be grateful!!
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10 Jul 2009, 08:08
Hussain15 wrote:
ugimba wrote:
sanoasis 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

its B ...

past unreal condition structure if + sub + had + past participle verb , Sub + would have
OR
had + sub + ppverv , wub + would have
Had any one .. would have

Can you explain this in a bit more detail?? I will be grateful!!

its a straight grammer rule ...

here you go .

Reversed Conditional construction::
The sentence that contains the word 'if' and a tense that is one step in the past
beyond the meaning.

The typical sentence structure for a past unreal conditional sentence is as follows:
If + sub + had (not) + verb in past participle + sub + modal+ verb

A reverse conditional sentece for a past conditional sentence looks like:
had + sub + (not) + verb in past participle + sub + modal+ verb.

Ex:
If the team 'had' played more aggressively, it could have won the tournament.
(Past unreal conditional sentence).

'Had' the team played more aggressively, it could have won the tournament.
(Reversed conditional sentence).

If she 'had not' lost the ticket, she would have gone to the concert.
'Had' she 'not' lost the ticket, she would have gone to the concert.
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10 Jul 2009, 13:08
sanoasis wrote:
If anyone at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated, or even suspected, the impending sale of the Koniko kelp processing plant, they (plural)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

IMO D
so D is analogous to that.

'they' needs precedent 'any people', plural.
anyone is singular.
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10 Jul 2009, 13:47
sudeep wrote:
sanoasis wrote:
If anyone at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated, or even suspected, the impending sale of the Koniko kelp processing plant, they (plural)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

IMO D
so D is analogous to that.

'they' needs precedent 'any people', plural.
anyone is singular.

I think 'they' refers to 'InterCom Financial Advisers '. and this is correct in B as well.

'any one' sounds better than 'anypeople' isn't it ...

waiting for OA and OE (if possible).
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10 Jul 2009, 17:33
I am going for D also my love...sorry ...
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12 Jul 2009, 12:36
Allana25 wrote:
I am going for D also my love...sorry ...

I guess I have to follow you then...

Now I shifted my boat and jumped on to D's
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12 Jul 2009, 12:44
I will go with D

D follows correct IF clause pattern

Example (from Manhattan) : If She had won the lottery She would have given the money
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12 Jul 2009, 14:25
'InterCom financial Advisers' is the name of a company so its singular. We need any people as they can not refer to anyone. So B is incorrect and D is correct. Any people seems awkward but all other choices are grammatically wrong so we have to pick it.
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12 Jul 2009, 15:51
I would have picked B, for this one. But the everyone's reasoning behind choosing D is very strong, even though, 'any people' in D sounds a bit awkward. Would love to know what's the OA on this.

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