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# If the ice of Greenland and Antartica were to melt, the sea

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If the ice of Greenland and Antartica were to melt, the sea [#permalink]

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

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

Don't forget to include your explanations.

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Re: SC: Greenland and Antartica [#permalink]

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06 Dec 2003, 21:14
pitts20042006 wrote:
If the ice of Greenland and Antartica were to melt, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet or more.

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

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this is a hypothetical situation.

correct verb is "were"..not "was"

also, atleast is enough...we dont need "atleast 100 feet or more"

B is best.

good enough?

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06 Dec 2003, 21:43
I posted this question because the answer given is D .. which has to be wrong. Thanks for confirming that.

Also wanted to know, what if A reads "If the ice of Greenland and Antartica were to melt, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet. "

Then which one is better A or B??

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06 Dec 2003, 21:53
pitts20042006 wrote:
I posted this question because the answer given is D .. which has to be wrong. Thanks for confirming that.

Frankly, i didnt like B too much. i wouldnt write this sentence like this.
But as is , B is indeed the better choice.

i really think ...in D, "were" should have been there.
Where'd you get this?

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Also wanted to know, what if A reads "If the ice of Greenland and Antartica were to melt, the sea level would rise at least 100 feet. "

In this case, A would be the best.

Good questions..
Do keep posting
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07 Dec 2003, 03:59
hey when there is a hypothetical situation we have to use "were", irrespective of plural or singular subject.

A is correct and idomatic.
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07 Dec 2003, 04:02
mbamantra wrote:
hey when there is a hypothetical situation we have to use "were", irrespective of plural or singular subject.

A is correct and idomatic.

Hmm...i see A has "atleast 100 feet or more"

i think or more is redundant.

"Atleast 100 feet" is enough.

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09 Dec 2003, 05:03
Agree with B although I have read that such constructions as WERE IT TO DO is less preferable than is IF IT WERE TO DO. However, among the given options, B is the best.

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07 Aug 2004, 12:46
I was going through this questioon today, and marked E as the answer. I believe if people are not really happy with B, perhaps another look at E would help. I feel its the best way to put the sentence.

Any reasons why E should not be the correct choice?
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07 Aug 2004, 13:10
Any sentence formation with redundancy " atleast 100 feet or more" is wrong. "atleast 100 feet" means even that "or more".

I am very sure that B is not a way a subjunctive formation should me.

A would have been the best way to handle subjunctive, but it is redundant in a way.

I am choosing B because it doesnt harm any rule even though sentence structure is slightly new..

My choice is B

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09 Aug 2004, 14:43
abisurd wrote:
I was going through this questioon today, and marked E as the answer. I believe if people are not really happy with B, perhaps another look at E would help. I feel its the best way to put the sentence.

Any reasons why E should not be the correct choice?

IMO, "atleast 100 feet or more " is incorrect... Atleast 100 feet is good enough. We dont need "or more"

thats why E may not be correct

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09 Aug 2004, 21:38
Praetorian wrote:
mbamantra wrote:
hey when there is a hypothetical situation we have to use "were", irrespective of plural or singular subject.

A is correct and idomatic.

Hmm...i see A has "atleast 100 feet or more"

i think or more is redundant.

"Atleast 100 feet" is enough.

thanks
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Re: SC: Greenland and Antartica [#permalink]

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09 Aug 2004, 22:02
the only choices possible are B and D.

B entails a subjunctive clause. Subjuctive is used for a supposition or what is contrary.
eg: If I were ten years younger, I would consider entering the marathon.

D has the indicative.
When the situation described by the if clause is not presupposed to be false, however, that clause must contain an indicative verb. -- courtesy bartleby.

D provides a situation that will result in another. D should be it.

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10 Aug 2004, 15:21
I also put B down and remain unclear with why D is correct. DJ's explanation didn't clear this up...

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