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# If Dr. Wade was right, any apparent connection of the eating

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If Dr. Wade was right, any apparent connection of the eating of highly processed foods and excelling at sports is purely coincidental.

(A) If Dr. Wade was right, any apparent connection of the eating of
(B) Should Dr. Wade be right, any apparent connection of eating
(C) If Dr. Wade is right, any connection that is apparent between eating of
(D) If Dr. Wade is right, any apparent connection between eating
(E) Should Dr.Wade have been right, any connection apparent between eating.
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10 Apr 2016, 01:59
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can any one explain why c is wrong. it corrects the Dr wade WAS to IS. secondly use proper idiom between thirdly the parallelism is ok "eating of" and "excelling at". and fourth "connection this is apparent" is also fine and is equal to "apparent connection"

Three reasons that C is wrong:

1. The intended meaning is "connection between X and Y", and not "apparent between X and Y".
2. "Connection that is apparent" is more wordy than "apparent connection".
3. Connection between X and Y: X = eating of highly processed food, Y = excelling at sport. X is a complex gerund whereas Y is a simple gerund. A complex gerund cannot be parallel to a simple gerund.

The difference between a simple gerund and comlex gerund is difficult to detect: Thumb rule - a complex gerund generally has a preposition after it, a definite article before it or both.

The hoisting of national flag: compound gerund.
Hoisting national flag: simple gerund.

Whereas the complex gerunds can be parallel to "action nouns", the simple gerunds can be parallel to "concrete" nouns. However these two groups cannot be parallel to each other.
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13 Aug 2005, 09:45
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1) What is the tense of "be" - past tense, present tense or ?? I recognize that it is passive voice....

2) Why would this not be a "hypothetical" situation and hence the usage of "was" would automatically be wrong, no? I guess i'm confused as to what you'd call a hypothetical situation [which requires the need for If i were (Vs using was) you....] and why isnt the hypothetical case applicable here.
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13 Aug 2005, 18:11
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shoot is not in present tense. It is accompanied by would (model verb).

It is simple.

2 forms, sunjunctive and indictive

indictive means, the possibility is very high.

Indictive - why and reason... cause and effect...
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subjuctive, possibility is low or rare...hypotheical....

If you were a king, youwould have ruled the whole world.

Meaning, some condition that is hypothical.

But if the whole sentence is in present tense, it need to maintain the tense.

be is present
was is past
been is future...

in this present question, we are saying that if Dr. wade is right, the situation will happen or will not happen...

If you want to convert it to sunjunctive then

If Dr. Wade were right, any apperent connection between X and Y would be purely coincidental.
OR
Had Dr. Wade been right, any apperent connection between X and Y would had been purely coincidental.

Hope it helps.
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14 Aug 2005, 16:54
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this purely a conditional but not a subjunctive (hypothetical or contrary to fact) one. e.g.

if it were a subjunctive, it would have "were" as verb in the first clause.
it is not a subjunctive, it is perfectly ok with is as verb in the first clause.

So, D is correct.
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03 Aug 2013, 01:00
Hi all, my doubt is,
1) Isn't excelling at sports a complex gerund? For example, drinking of the water.
2) Are complex gerunds always in the from of an Of-phrase?
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nikhil.jones.s wrote:
Hi all, my doubt is,
1) Isn't excelling at sports a complex gerund? For example, drinking of the water.
2) Are complex gerunds always in the from of an Of-phrase?

Hi there,

(1). Complex gerund is "The excelling at sports" and not "excelling at sports". Furthermore,

Often the construction of CG is "Article -Ing Preposition", but you cannot generalize it( This answers your second doubt)\

Excelling at sports is a simple gerund because we can use it as:

I am excelling at sports

Simple gerunds are Verb-like as shown above.

Complex gerunds are noun-like that is why when we want to adhere to parallelism , we make Complex Gerund parallel to action nouns not the simple gerunds parallel to action nouns.

Hope that helps!
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01 Mar 2014, 19:40
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Option D.
Comparison of two things should use the connector 'between' so A and B are out.
Also use of past tense is not required since the sentence uses present tense elsewhere.
In C and E,'should...be' and 'should...have been' seem awkward.Also 'apparent' should be in front of 'connection' to correctly modify it.

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01 Mar 2014, 23:01
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A. 'eating of' is wrong
B. 'connection of' is wrong
C. 'eating of' is wrong
D. sounds fine; uses the idiom (between... and...) and parallelism (eating... excelling..) correctly
E. perfect tense is wrong as the main clause uses simple present 'is coincidental'
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can any one explain why c is wrong. it corrects the Dr wade WAS to IS. secondly use proper idiom between thirdly the parallelism is ok "eating of" and "excelling at". and fourth "connection this is apparent" is also fine and is equal to "apparent connection"
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10 Jan 2017, 12:56
If Dr. Wade was right, any apparent connection of the eating of highly processed foods and excelling at sports is purely coincidental.

A) If Dr. Wade was right, any apparent connection of the eating of - Idiom error - connection between X and Y ; Eating of is unidiomatic
B) Should Dr. Wade be right, any apparent connection of eating - Idiom error - connection between X and Y ; should is used for hypothetical
C) IF Dr. Wade is right, any connection that is apparent between eating of - Eating of is unidiomatic ; the phrase any connection that is apparent is wordy
D) If Dr. Wade is right, any apparent connection between eating- correct
E) Should Dr.Wade have been right, any connection apparent between eating. - should is used for hypothetical

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26 Mar 2017, 10:02
In official guide they have given below reason why E is incorrect:

Should Dr. Wade have been right should not be followed by the present
indicative verb is.

Can you pls explain this more
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30 Mar 2017, 00:10
KARISHMA315, the idea is that the clauses should match. "Should Dr. Wade have been right" introduces a conditional that should be followed by "any connection . . would have been coincidental" (if we're talking about a past connection) or "would be coincidental" (if we're talking about a current/future connection).
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12 Jun 2017, 04:56
A) If Dr. Wade was right, any apparent connection of the eating of -- "eating of" kills it
B) Should Dr. Wade be right, any apparent connection of eating -- "should" is wrong
C) IF Dr. Wade is right, any connection that is apparent between eating of -- "eating of" kills it
D) If Dr. Wade is right, any apparent connection between eating -- CORRECT
E) Should Dr.Wade have been right, any connection apparent between eating. - "should" is wrong
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