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# If Charles had spent half as much time attending his classes

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If Charles had spent half as much time attending his classes as he did complaining about them, he would have been a good student.

A. had spent half as much time attending his classes as he did complaining
B. had spent half as much time to attend his classes as he did to complain
C. were to spend as much time attending his classes as he does complaining
D. were to spend half as much time attending his classes as complaining
E. should spend half as much time attending his classes as to complain

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22 Sep 2004, 22:41
A.

If Charles had X (past perfect), he would have been a good student (would + have + past participle of 'be').

Also 'attending' and 'complaining' - both past participles is || and goes with past participle 'been'.

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22 Sep 2004, 23:10
Shouldn't there be a 'were' when a 'if' is used.
Iam caught between C and D.

C looks right but omits the 'half' time . If I ignore that, the meaning of the
sentence changes.

D appears right .
So my vote will be for D.
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22 Sep 2004, 23:21
Newkid,
The sentence here is a 'IF.....THEN' tense construction. Not a 'IF...' subjunctive construction.

Here, the sentence reads something like..
'If you had won the lottery, you would have given half the money to charity'.

In a subjunctive 'If' construction, the examples can be
'If I WERE rich, I would donate money to rebuild my old school'.

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23 Sep 2004, 02:27
venksune wrote:
Newkid,
'If you had won the lottery, you would have given half the money to charity'.

If you were to win the lottery, you would have given half the money to charity'.
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23 Sep 2004, 11:11
venksune wrote:
Newkid,
The sentence here is a 'IF.....THEN' tense construction. Not a 'IF...' subjunctive construction.

Here, the sentence reads something like..
'If you had won the lottery, you would have given half the money to charity'.

In a subjunctive 'If' construction, the examples can be
'If I WERE rich, I would donate money to rebuild my old school'.

To add to this explanation - in contrary to fact situation, the second verb of the subjunctive should be in the infinitive form (or to do format). As in:

If I were rich, i would donate money to rebuild my old school.
If he were to grow another 4 inches, he would have to buy new pants.
If I were you, I would not do that.

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23 Sep 2004, 12:41
OA is A.

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23 Sep 2004, 13:36
venksune wrote:
A.

If Charles had X (past perfect), he would have been a good student (would + have + past participle of 'be').

Also 'attending' and 'complaining' - both past participles is || and goes with past participle 'been'.

What's the difference between a & b. I know A sounds better but why is b wrong?
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29 Jan 2005, 14:46
Sorry for pulling this thread of late.

What is wrong with (B)? It seems parallel too.

had spent half as much time to attend his classes as he did to complain

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