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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


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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

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The condition part is in Past Simple (if... were allowed), which indicates Conditional 2, and the result part is in FuturePast Perfect (would have been), indicating Conditional 3.

What helps us identify this question as a Conditionals question as well as identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign: If / Unless



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

This answer choice is the only one that does not mix Conditional 2 and 3.


C. if cats had been allowed to breed indiscriminately, more than half of the cat population would be Tabby

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The condition part is in Past Perfect (if... had been allowed), which indicates Conditional 3, and the result part is in FuturePast (would be), indicating Conditional 2.



D. more than half of the cat population would be Tabby if cats had been allowed to breed indiscriminately

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. Note that the Conditional sentence begins with the result part and continues with the condition part. The result part is in FuturePast (would be), indicating Conditional 2, and the condition part is in Past Perfect (if... had been allowed), which indicates Conditional 3.



E. more than half of the cat population would have been Tabby if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. Note that the Conditional sentence begins with the result part and continues with the condition part. The result part is in FuturePast Perfect (would have been), indicating Conditional 3, and the condition part is in Past Simple (if... were allowed), which indicates Conditional 2.

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My answer is (B). It took me 1:26.

It turns out that this question tests subjunctive mood exclusively. Two acceptable versions are
(a) If cats were allowed to ... ... would be Tebby.
(b) If cats had been allowed to ... ... would have been Tebby.
The key is to have the matched tenses between subordinate clause and main clause.

(A) "were" (subordinate) and "would have" (main) do not match.
(B) "were" (subordinate) and "would" match.
(C) "had been" (subordinate) and "would" do not match.
(D) "had been" (subordinate) and "would" do not match.
(E) "were" (subordinate) and "would have" do not match.

We can also tell that (A)(E) are essentially the same. So they cannot be both correct. Ditto for (C)(D).
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In my opinion, A is correct

A. if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately, more than half of the cat population would have been Tabby : Correct

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

C. if cats had been allowed to breed indiscriminately, more than half of the cat population would be Tabby : had been doesn't go with would be

D. more than half of the cat population would be Tabby if cats had been allowed to breed indiscriminately : would be should not be preceded by would have been

E. more than half of the cat population would have been Tabby if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately: It is just the reverse of A, and the order A is right.
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A. if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately, more than half of the cat population would have been Tabby -> "were allowed" is in Simple Past, but "would have" indicates past perfect -> This causes Parallelism error between the if... fragment and the then... fragment of the sentence.

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

C. if cats had been allowed to breed indiscriminately, more than half of the cat population would be Tabby ->"had been" indicates Past Perfect, "would be" is in past. Parallelism error.

D. more than half of the cat population would be Tabby if cats had been allowed to breed indiscriminately -> Same as C

E. more than half of the cat population would have been Tabby if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately -> Same as A
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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 - Correct

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
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My Answer is : B
A. if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately, more than half of the cat population would have been Tabby : if clause in simple past then clause must take would verb not would have been

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

C. if cats had been allowed to breed indiscriminately, more than half of the cat population would be Tabby : use of Had been ......would be is wrong

D. more than half of the cat population would be Tabby if cats had been allowed to breed indiscriminately : same mistake

E. more than half of the cat population would have been Tabby if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately : If ...then ..clause error
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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.

POE:
Eliminate (A) & (E) based on TENSES error
With past 'were', present 'have been' is used which is incorrect.
Eliminate (C) & (D) based on 'had'. Past perfect is used for actions completed before some time in the past.


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 - CORRECT

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
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Re: It is thought that if cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately, mor  [#permalink]

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the easiest solution
for conditional statement the order of sentences doesn't matter.

essentially the choice A and choice E are same,just inter changed the position of if and then clause.


similarly option c and d are also same

only option b stands.

moreover option perfectly matching with the sentence structure.

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The answer for this question can be arrived quickly by elimination method, thanks to 2 sets of similar-looking options.
Usually, if two answer options are strikingly similar with just a very small change (Ex: Order of the clause, one word), then it is highly likely in GMAT that both the answer options are wrong.

Options A and E are very similar with the only difference being the order. And in this sentence, order does not matter based on the sentence meaning. So eliminate A and E.

Options C and D are very similar with the only difference being the order. Again, order does not matter here. So eliminate C and D.

You are left with option B which is the correct answer.
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