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# Many of us bemoan our lack of foresight by complaining that

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13 May 2010, 06:01
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Many of us bemoan our lack of foresight by complaining that if we would have bought property twenty years ago, we could have taken advantage of the recent real estate
boom.

A. by complaining that if we would have bought property twenty years ago, we could have taken advantage of the recent real estate boom
B. , looking backward to a potential property purchase twenty years ago and wishing we had done so for present purposes
C. : with real estate available so cheaply twenty years ago, the advantages of the recent boom would be ours for the asking
D. , complaining that if we had bought property twenty years ago, we could have taken advantage of the recent real estate boom
E. , the complaint being our lack of purchasing property twenty years ago and the consequent absence of profit in the recent real estate boom

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Re: Any clues? I will give OA after someone gives emplaination [#permalink]

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13 May 2010, 07:11
will go with D....

if conditional...

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13 May 2010, 09:21
I pick (D).

'If' and 'would' SHOULD not come in same clause (if they are scratch that answer choice).

the correct construction is:

If I had studied hard, I would have aced the exam.

It will be incorrect to say:

If I would have studied hard, I would have aced the exam.

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Re: Any clues? I will give OA after someone gives emplaination [#permalink]

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13 May 2010, 11:45
amitjash wrote:
Many of us bemoan our lack of foresight by complaining that if we would have bought property twenty years ago, we could have taken advantage of the recent real estate
boom.

A. by complaining that if we would have bought property twenty years ago, we could have taken advantage of the recent real estate boom
B. , looking backward to a potential property purchase twenty years ago and wishing we had done so for present purposes
C. : with real estate available so cheaply twenty years ago, the advantages of the recent boom would be ours for the asking
D. , complaining that if we had bought property twenty years ago, we could have taken advantage of the recent real estate boom
E. , the complaint being our lack of purchasing property twenty years ago and the consequent absence of profit in the recent real estate boom

Its between A and D Now if you use If..then clause, and the then clause has would/could have + Participle, the if clause must have the past perfect tense.
A says would have --- wrong
D says had bought --- right

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Re: Any clues? I will give OA after someone gives emplaination [#permalink]

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13 May 2010, 23:54
OA is D.
geturdream is absolutely correct. But can you elaborate why not B C and E?? Why D??
Really I am not able to understand also.
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14 May 2010, 06:14
D is correct because of the correct use of the unreal condition

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Re: Any clues? I will give OA after someone gives emplaination [#permalink]

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14 May 2010, 06:44
EaSy oNe. DeFiNiTly D

Just check the introductory part - it is in present tense form and then check the underlined part - it is required to be in past perfect sunjunctive form.
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Re: Any clues? I will give OA after someone gives emplaination [#permalink]

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16 May 2010, 04:49
yup D must be the winner , in a conditional clause cannot have if along with would/should/could etc

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Re: Any clues? I will give OA after someone gives emplaination   [#permalink] 16 May 2010, 04:49
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