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09 Dec 2008, 07:36
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If anyone at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated, or even suspected, the impending sale of the Koniko kelp processing plant, they would have advised owners of Koniko stock to unload all shares immediately.
(A) If anyone at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated
(C) If any people at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated
(E) If anybody at InterCom Financial Advisers anticipated

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09 Dec 2008, 09:16
D

Second clause of the sentence starts with 'they' so the subjct of first clause should be plural.
Also,
if+ past perfect ....then + would + has/have + past particple

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09 Dec 2008, 09:17
D
if any people .....had,...., they would have

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09 Dec 2008, 18:50
D for the reasons already mentioned

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16 Dec 2008, 07:13
selvae wrote:
D

Second clause of the sentence starts with 'they' so the subjct of first clause should be plural.
Also,
if+ past perfect ....then + would + has/have + past particple

Can you throw some light as why B is wrong and D is right.. Both follow the structure mentioned by you.

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16 Dec 2008, 09:26
lgon wrote:
selvae wrote:
D

Second clause of the sentence starts with 'they' so the subjct of first clause should be plural.
Also,
if+ past perfect ....then + would + has/have + past particple

Can you throw some light as why B is wrong and D is right.. Both follow the structure mentioned by you.

As noted above by others, anyone is singular, any people is plural. We need to notice the "they" in back of the sentence. So, D is better than B.

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16 Dec 2008, 09:30
lgon wrote:
If anyone at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated, or even suspected, the impending sale of the Koniko kelp processing plant, they would have advised owners of Koniko stock to unload all shares immediately.

(A) If anyone at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated
(C) If any people at InterCom Financial Advisers would have anticipated
(E) If anybody at InterCom Financial Advisers anticipated

Another D for the same reason, pronoun (they) reference, as above.
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