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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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13 Aug 2005, 09:45

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, 10:03
It seems that "connection between ... and ..." is the correct structure here. This automatically rules out (A) and (B).

In (C) "connection that is apparent" is awkward and unnecessary. "Eating of" is also wrong, because we don't need the "of".

(E) "Should have been" doesn't sound right. "Should be..." would have been better. (some wording, huh ). "... Connection apparent" is also messed up.

I think (D) is the best answer.
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13 Aug 2005, 10:08
Look at the non-underlined portion...

it is in present tense, so no subjuctive mood...

D survives it..
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13 Aug 2005, 13:37
riteshgupta1 wrote:
Look at the non-underlined portion...

it is in present tense, so no subjuctive mood...

D survives it..

Interesting point. But not all subjunctive cases need the simple past.

For instance: If i were you, I wouldnt shoot the animal ---> This sentence uses subjunctive and still maintains present tense [verb = shoot, which is in the present tense].
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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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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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02 Aug 2007, 03:17
HIMALAYA wrote:

if it were a subjunctive, it would have "were" as verb in the first clause.

A subjunctive if conditional does not require that a WERE be in the if clause.

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05 Jan 2013, 05:44
Could somebody please throw some light on the correct usage of the sentence that can begin with 'should' ?
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31 Jan 2013, 08:10
connection between x and y
is idiom.
this point is explaned in og

if some do, then some do
is idiom to say about FACT not hypothetical (there is no other structure to say this fact. we can not use should )

og dose not explain this point.

is my thinking 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.

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08 Aug 2015, 04:53
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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.

I have a question for you all.
In option 'D' are we not comparing eating(note the action of eating itself) x and excelling at y? ..where as I think what was really meant was to compare eating of junk food(not the action itself) with excelling?

Any ideas pls?
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09 Apr 2016, 14:50
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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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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24 Sep 2016, 11:05
SPLIT1) THE CONNECTIONS MUST BE "BETWEEN" NOT "OF". IN ADDITION, THE STRUCTURE MUST BE IN THE FORM OF "CONNECTION BETWEEN X....AND....Y" . A AND B ARE OUT.

SPLIT2) "EATING + OF" = IDIOM ERROR. THIS IS NOT CORRECT, A AND C ARE OUT. EATING IS NOT FOLLOWED BY THE WORD OF.

SPLIT3) WORD "SHOULD" MAKES THE SENTENCE HYPOTHETICAL, CHANGING THE MEANING OF THE SENTENCE. B AND E ARE OUT.

SPLIT4) VERB FORM GERUNDS "EATING" AND "EXCELLING" MUST BE PARALLEL. IN A "THE EATING" IS CONFUSING. A IS OUT. WHY IS "THE EATING" CONFUSING? THE EATING IS A COMPLEX GERUND THAT CHANGES THE MEANING OF THE SENTENCE. THE SECOND PART OF THE SENTENCE SHOWS A SIMPLE GERUND "EXCELLING" SO THE FIRST PART OF THE SENTENCE MUST BE A SIMPLE GERUND "EATING". REFERENCE:https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/forums/simple-gerund-and-complex-gerund-t8792.html
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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 - 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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12 Jan 2017, 06:10
Use if as condition, and due to between. D is ans

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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.

In a, If ... Then construction, do not use the word " should " anywhere in an , if .. then sentence .. also note , nv use "would " in the if clause

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