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# It is thought that if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately

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29 Sep 2014, 09:43
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It is thought that if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately, more than half of the cat population would have been Tabby.

A. if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately, more than half of the cat population would have been Tabby
B. more than half of the cat population would be Tabby if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately
C. if cats had been allowed to breed indiscriminately, more than half of the cat population would be Tabby
D. more than half of the cat population would be Tabby if cats had been allowed to breed indiscriminately
E. more than half of the cat population would have been Tabby if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately

This is a question i got in economist free gmat exam.Unfortunately, I was not able to understand the explanation.Can somebody please help in this.

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15 Oct 2014, 03:52
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Thanks for the pointer.I went through it.I got it right now
50% people gave wrong answers so below might be helpful for them !

If Condition in:
present i.e is, then will
past i.e were, then Would be................As in this case.
past perfect i.e had been , then would have been.
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30 Sep 2014, 07:20
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It is thought that if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately, more than half of the cat population would have been Tabby.

A. if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately, more than half of the cat population would have been Tabby
B. more than half of the cat population would be Tabby if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately
C. if cats had been allowed to breed indiscriminately, more than half of the cat population would be Tabby
D. more than half of the cat population would be Tabby if cats had been allowed to breed indiscriminately
E. more than half of the cat population would have been Tabby if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately

This is a question i got in economist free gmat exam.Unfortunately, I was not able to understand the explanation.Can somebody please help in this.

I'd suggest that you read -
MGMAT SC book's subjunctive mood topic (chapter - 07)

If you digest that smoothly, Then you will digest this question.

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15 Oct 2014, 14:19
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Yeah... Overall this is an easy question.

What makes it a little harder perhaps is that we feel more comfortable to look at the strcuture:
"If (hypotetical subjunctive), then (simple conditional)"

When the test makers change it to:
"Then (simple conditional), if (hypotetical subjunctive)" they are making the sentence slightly harder (but just slightly).

It is the same as to look at an equation:
"x - y = 2" AND
"-2 - y = -x"

You´ll feel more comfortable with the first one even though they both say the same.
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19 Aug 2019, 02:30
It is written in the MGMAT SC book that "The helping verbs would and should should NEVER go in the if part of the sentence, according to the GMAT!"

However in the OA if and would are in the same part of the sentence or am I wrong? Is there any exception?

B. more than half of the cat population would be Tabby if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately
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19 Aug 2019, 08:39
if past perfect then we use conditional perfect so answer is B
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19 Aug 2019, 15:44
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Chakaboum wrote:
It is written in the MGMAT SC book that "The helping verbs would and should should NEVER go in the if part of the sentence, according to the GMAT!"

However in the OA if and would are in the same part of the sentence or am I wrong? Is there any exception?

B. more than half of the cat population would be Tabbyif cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately

B. more than half of the cat population would be Tabby if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately

As you can see, the helping verb is not contained in the "if" part of the sentence.

I also don't know that is a hard and fast rule. You might as well forget about it.

For example, "If he should arrive any later than 10 o' clock, we will be late to the party."
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