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# Medical experts predict that the number of unnecessary

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29 Jul 2009, 18:28
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Medical experts predict that the number of unnecessary deaths in nursing homes will rise if the elderly resident ratio in public facilities were more numerous than ten residents for every one staff member.
a. will rise if the elderly resident ratio in public facilities were more numerous than
b. will rise if the ratio of elderly resident ratio in public facilities is greater than
c. should rise if the elderly resident ratio in public facilities were more numerous than
d.would rise provided the ratio of elderly residents in public facilities is more than
e.would rise if the ratio of elderly residents in public facilities is more numerous than

Clearly the ans is
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b
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However,I would like to initiate a discussion.Since they are "predicting" is'nt WILL rise incorrect as it says that FOR SURE the said thing will happen?Is'nt Would more appropriate?
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29 Jul 2009, 23:57
Can you please check whether any typo error in B?
I'm also confused
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30 Jul 2009, 00:08
Medical experts predict that the number of unnecessary deaths in nursing homes will rise if the elderly resident ratio in public facilities were more numerous than ten residents for every one staff member.
a. will rise if the elderly resident ratio in public facilities were more numerous than
b. will rise if the ratio of elderly resident ratio in public facilities is greater than
c. should rise if the elderly resident ratio in public facilities were more numerous than
d.would rise provided the ratio of elderly residents in public facilities is more than
e.would rise if the ratio of elderly residents in public facilities is more numerous than

If you study, you will score highly. - present simple, + will + infinitive
If you studied, you would score highly. - past simple, + would + infinitive
If you had studied, you would have scored highly. - past perfect, + would have + past participle

The only option in the question above which comes in accordance with this rule is B
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30 Jul 2009, 02:51
My ques. is still not answered...
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30 Jul 2009, 04:53
I think!

predict that ... X will happen
predicted that ... X would happen (in this case would is correct as 'would' is past form of 'will' )
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30 Jul 2009, 16:13
Ignore the "Experts predict part" and just treat the clause as if it were the only sentence.

The number of unnecessary deaths in nursing homes will rise if the elderly resident ratio in public facilities were more numerous than ten residents for every one staff member.

Use what Natia said... IF + present tense, then = future tense
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