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Not one of the potential investors is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the deal were not to be concluded.

A. is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the deal were

B. is expected to make an offer for buying First Interstate Bank until they sign a merger agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal was

C. is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement be signed by them with a provision for penalties if the deal were

D. are expected to make an offer for buying First Interstate Bank until it signs a merger agreement with a provision for penalties included if the deal was

E. are expected to be making an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until they sign a merger agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal were

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22 Feb 2010, 07:42
I Chose A ...

Was confused between A & B , but went with A ..

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22 Feb 2010, 09:13
I'm going to go against the tide. I think it's B

Verb - Noun agreement: use of plural/non-plural words

"is"... because it's referring to one investor
"was"... because it's referring to one deal
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22 Feb 2010, 09:23
A - they are trying to be tricky with the singular one and plural investors
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I'm going to go against the tide. I think it's B

Verb - Noun agreement: use of plural/non-plural words

"is"... because it's referring to one investor
"was"... because it's referring to one deal

Scenario of 'deal' here is hypothetical and use of "were" is gramatically correct though 'the deal' is singular. You never say 'If i was president' you always say (gramatically correct) 'if I were president'.
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27 Feb 2010, 07:50
nitya34 wrote:
Not one of the potential investors is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the deal were not to be concluded.

(A) is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the deal were
(B) is expected to make an offer for buying First Interstate Bank until they sign a merger agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal was
(C) is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement be signed by them with a provision for penalties if the deal were
(D) are expected to make an offer for buying First Interstate Bank until it signs a merger agreement with a provision for penalties included if the deal was
(E) are expected to be making an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until they sign a merger agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal were

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
A

Are being plural makes choices d and e incorrect
deal was in option B makes it invalid .... use deal were instead
in option C them is wrong coz is expected and them are contradictory
only option A is right

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Not one of the potential investors is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the deal were not to be concluded.

A. is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the deal were
B. is expected to make an offer for buying First Interstate Bank Until they sign a merger agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal was
C. is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement be signed by them with a provision for penalties if the deal were
D. are expected to make an offer for buying First Interstate Bank until it signs a merger agreement with a provision for penalties included if the deal was
E. are expected to be making an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until they sign a merger agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal were
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25 Mar 2010, 06:35
I would pick (A)

Not one of the potential investors is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the deal were not to be concluded.

A. is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the deal were - correct
B. is expected to make an offer for buying First Interstate Bank Until they sign a merger agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal was - they has no referent and was is incorrect because it is sunjunctive mood. Also for buying is incorrect
C. is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement be signed by them with a provision for penalties if the deal were - them is incorrect
D. are expected to make an offer for buying First Interstate Bank until it signs a merger agreement with a provision for penalties included if the deal was - are is incorrect. also was is incorrect
E. are expected to be making an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until they sign a merger agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal were - are and they are incorrect
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27 Jul 2010, 07:03
Subjunctive mood.. if /were ...
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05 Sep 2010, 15:23
But how "a merger agreement is signed that includes" is grammatically correct?
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Not one of the potential investors is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate
Bank until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the
deal were
not to be concluded.

A. is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the deal were
B. is expected to make an offer for buying First Interstate Bank until they sign a merger agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal was
C. is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement be signed by them with a provision for penalties if the deal were
D. are expected to make an offer for buying First Interstate Bank until it signs a merger agreement with a provision for penalties included if the deal was
E. are expected to be making an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until they sign a merger agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal were

Not one of them is always singular, so it should be is expected
eliminate D and E because of using are.
In B for buying is wrong
In C agreement be signed by them is wordy.

A is Correct
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18 Nov 2010, 07:18
In answer choice A "the deal were" seems incorrect look like a Subject - Verb Agreement Error. Any Comments?
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A simple approach to this problem will be:

Rule out D and E because of S-V number mismatch.

Rule out C because, it uses the imperative form of the verb - be signed - inappropriately without the other paraphernalia required for employing the present subjunctive mood. In addition what does the pronoun them stand for? Is it for the investors or the bankers or both?

Rule out B because, it uses the wrong idiom – offer for byiung - rather than - offer to buy.

You are happily left with A, which avoids the wrong idiom, the S-V number disagreement and the inapt present subjunctive.
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18 Nov 2010, 20:09
thanks daagh. Nicely explained!
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17 Dec 2010, 09:23
Sorry for opening an old post, just a silly question I have.
In the original sentence, if "not one" was replaced by "none", would it require "are" instead of "is"

"Not one of the potential investors is" vs. "None of the potential investors are"

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First split, since the deal’s conclusion is hypothetical, the conditional closes has to use the past subjunctive verb ‘were ‘. B and D are out.

The use of present subjunctive verb ‘be signed’ is wrong since no command or order is involved.

There is SV mismatch in E.

So A is left with correct past subjunctive verb, proper SV agreement and no problematic pronouns.
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No one can answer SudiptoGmat's question???
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until a merger agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the
deal were not to be concluded.

The above part of the text is actually a poetic expression meant to confuse the test takers. If you flip the clause, the classic version of the same will be:

Until a merger agreement that includes a provision for penalties if the
deal were not to be concluded, is signed

The relative clause introduced by the relative pronoun ‘that’ is an essential definer of the agreement. Per se, therefore, there is no grammar error in that expression
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25 Feb 2011, 07:22
Clear A.

Though some people considered C a close second, C is actually ungrammatical (i.e. not worse than A, but actually incorrect.) Here is why:

C:
is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement be signed by them with a provision for penalties if the deal were

-> "them" has no grammatical antecedent.
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25 Feb 2011, 07:33
Is the "be signed" part correct in option "c". Is it part of a subjunctive form ?

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OA-A

Just out of curiosity... Where is this Q from?

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