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# John told Jane that if she ran or met their mutual friend Carl, she co

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John told Jane that if she ran or met their mutual friend Carl, she could invite him over.

A. that if she ran or met their mutual friend Carl, she could invite him

B. if she ran or met their mutual friend Carl, she could invite him

C. that if she ran into or met their mutual friend Carl, she had to invite him

D. that if she ran into or met their mutual friend Carl, she could invite him

E. if she ran or met their mutual friend Carl, Jane could invite Carl

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10 Jun 2018, 02:31
IMO the answer should be D. "Ran into" is the phrase we are looking for, instead of only Ran. This brings it down to C or D. Between C and D, I would choose D as could shows a possibility which seems to be the intention of the question stem.

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10 Jun 2018, 03:15
I would choose answer "D" as well. Ran into is the correct phrase, otherwise the sentence is not making much sense.
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10 Jun 2018, 03:17
"told" should always be followed by "that".
So, this eliminates B and E.
"ran into" should be used. This is an idiom which means "to meet someone you know when you are not expecting to."
This is the correct usage and this eliminates option A.
Option D uses "could" which indicate possibility. Option C uses "had" which indicates obligation.
I prefer D.
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10 Jun 2018, 03:42
Bunuel wrote:
John told Jane that if she ran or met their mutual friend Carl, she could invite him over.

A. that if she ran or met their mutual friend Carl, she could invite him - using "ran" here leaves the sentence incomplete. Also, it is changing the intended meaning of the sentence which is "happen to meet"

B. if she ran or met their mutual friend Carl, she could invite him- "told that" is the correct grammatical usage. using "ran" here leaves the sentence incomplete

C. that if she ran into or met their mutual friend Carl, she had to invite him- "had to invite" is changing the intended meaning of the sentence which shows the possibility of inviting

D. that if she ran into or met their mutual friend Carl, she could invite him- Bingo!

E. if she ran or met their mutual friend Carl, Jane could invite Carl- using "ran" here leaves the sentence incomplete. Since noun "Jane" is already used in the sentence therefore to refer her again a pronoun must be used

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11 Jun 2018, 03:08
i think run into is better. if so, only choices c and d are left

look at c, had to is more logic than could. but had to change the meaning from possibility to certainty.

i favor logic more than original meaning. I choose C.
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14 Jun 2018, 12:33
As ran+into is essential to draw a correct meaning, choice is between C and D.

In GMAT, a common trick is the replacement of Modal Auxiliary verb with Helping Verb of form to-be + a preposition. Eg. Were+to in place of would, etc.

On similar lines, Choice C should be rejected.

Hence, IMO, Ans is D eventhough use of "him" at the end is ambiguous as "him" can refer to either Carl or John. One can argue that "him" refers to Carl basis Pronoun Case Agreement (object noun in if-clause = object Pronoun in then-clause)

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15 Jun 2018, 01:03
“ran into” makes more sense, so this leaves us with options C and D.
Between “had” and “could”, “could” is the correct verb tense in an “if” clause, so answer is D.

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