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# If the ice of Greenland and Antarctica were to melt, the sea level wou

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If the ice of Greenland and Antarctica were to melt, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet or more.

A. If the ice of Greenland and Antarctica were to melt, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet or more.

B. Were the ice of Greenland and Antarctica to melt, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet.

C. Was the ice of Greenland and Antarctica to melt, the sea level woudl rise at least 100 feet or more.

D. If the ice of Greenland and Antarctica was melting, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet.

E. Should the ice of Greenland and Antarctica melt, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet or more.

Originally posted by KristinHR on 06 Apr 2005, 14:44.
Last edited by Bunuel on 02 May 2018, 23:42, edited 1 time in total.
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06 Apr 2005, 16:58
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I will go with 'B'
'A' 'at least 100 feet or more' seems to be redundant - at least 100 feet will suffice.
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06 Apr 2005, 18:00
rthothad wrote:
I will go with 'B'
'A' 'at least 100 feet or more' seems to be redundant - at least 100 feet will suffice.

You're right, I missed out the 'more', the use of which is redundant.

B is correct, as the opening phrase constitues a 'if' clause well (subjunctive - i.e. tsting a condition that is contrary to the truth)
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06 Apr 2005, 20:12
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Absolutely!!!

Choice Bis the best......Or more id redundant
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07 Apr 2005, 08:03
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OA is B.

This is a tough one- starting the sentence with Were the ice... just does not sound correct and threw me off.
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07 Apr 2005, 08:13
KristinHR wrote:
OA is B.

This is a tough one- starting the sentence with Were the ice... just does not sound correct and threw me off.

As far as I know, it is usual in GMAT to structure a hypothetical period this way, so get used
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07 Apr 2005, 08:21
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KristinHR wrote:
OA is B.

This is a tough one- starting the sentence with Were the ice... just does not sound correct and threw me off.

I believe this is a conditional sentence with a hidden if clause and a hidden then clause. The if clause is given by the 'were' and since it's in the past tense, the then clause would have to be would/could + base verb
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07 Apr 2005, 10:49
Similar to this:

Had I known it I would have done something about it.

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If I had known it I would have done something about it.
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29 Jun 2014, 14:16
If the ice of Greenland and Antarctica were to melt, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet or more.
A. ....

B. Were the ice of Greenland and Antarctica to melt, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet.

C. Was the ice of Greenland and Antarctica to melt, the sea level woudl rise at least 100 feet or more.

D. If the ice of Greenland and Antarctica was melting, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet.

E. Should the ice of Greenland and Antarctica melt, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet or more.
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30 Jun 2014, 00:52
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If the ice of Greenland and Antarctica were to melt, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet or more.

A. If the ice of Greenland and Antarctica were to melt, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet or more
B. Were the ice of Greenland and Antarctica to melt, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet.
C. Was the ice of Greenland and Antarctica to melt, the sea level woudl rise at least 100 feet or more.
D. If the ice of Greenland and Antarctica was melting, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet.
E. Should the ice of Greenland and Antarctica melt, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet or more.

This is a case of hypothetical/conditional subjunctive. That means "if something were to happen, other thing would happen"
So I need "were"
So I have A and B.

A is wrong because at least 100 feet or more is quite redundant.

B it is.

Hope this helps.
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30 May 2019, 03:39
If the ice of Greenland and Antarctica were to melt, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet or more. A. If the ice of Greenland and Antarctica were to melt, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet or more.
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11 Jun 2019, 06:37
Can someone tell me if the last option did not have the redundant part, would that be a better construction than the official answer since as per my learning, "Should" is also correct.
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Updated on: 12 Aug 2019, 01:04
HI Experts can you please explain why B is correct, though I get the atleast 100 or more concept but what I am not able to get my head around this SUBJUNCTIVE usage on GMAT questions. I am getting most of such answers wrong.

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Originally posted by bratbg on 11 Aug 2019, 04:20.
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11 Aug 2019, 05:59
At least 100 feet or more - redundant. Rules out A, C, and E
Were... would - correct structure. Rules out D.

Hence, B is correct.
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23 Apr 2020, 22:22
Hello Experts can you please help me with the question. My only point of confusion is option B and D. If possible could you please explain why the usage of were is correct in option B ?

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24 Apr 2020, 04:57
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yashmatai wrote:
Hello Experts can you please help me with the question. My only point of confusion is option B and D. If possible could you please explain why the usage of were is correct in option B ?

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Hi yashmatai,

The author believes that (all) the ice of Greenland and Antarctica is not actually going to melt (about that "all": it seems that the author is talking about either all the ice or a significant amount of the ice there, as 100+ feet is a lot). In this sentence, the author is exploring a (hypothetical) situation in which all the ice in Greenland and Antarctica melted. In such (hypothetical) cases, if we choose to use a be form (the be forms are be, is, am, are, was, were, been, and being), we are restricted to were, even if the subject is singular. This is something that we must remember, as the exam does seem to test this concept.

1. If the ice melts, something will happen. ← The author thinks that it is possible for the ice to melt.

2. If the ice were to melt, something would happen. ← The author does not think that it is possible to the ice to melt.
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