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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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13 Jul 2006, 21:44
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Indefinite pronoun "one" is singular and will take "is". D and E are out.
"offer for buying" is unidiomatic. B is out.
"them" in C is referring to "potential investors" but here subject is "one".
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13 Jul 2006, 22:03
A is good.
We need a singular 'is'.

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.

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13 Jul 2006, 22:17
Will go with A.

B - they is violating the S-V agreement
C - them is violating the S-V agreement
D/E - are is violating the S-V agreement. One of the investors is singular.

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13 Jul 2006, 22:30
A is the best choice.
However, Is it correct to use "deal were" or do we need "deal was" in A??

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13 Jul 2006, 22:50
b14kumar wrote:
A is the best choice.
However, Is it correct to use "deal were" or do we need "deal was" in A??

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This is of kind: "If I WERE a millionaire, I would have bet all my money at Las Vegas"

So we require "WERE" here. Its a situation which could have arisen. For such hypthetical situation we must use "WERE" irrespective of subject.
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14 Jul 2006, 01:29
ps_dahiya wrote:
b14kumar wrote:
A is the best choice.
However, Is it correct to use "deal were" or do we need "deal was" in A??

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This is of kind: "If I WERE a millionaire, I would have bet all my money at Las Vegas"

So we require "WERE" here. Its a situation which could have arisen. For such hypthetical situation we must use "WERE" irrespective of subject.

This kind of mistake cost alot in GMAT Test.
I need more and more practice..........

Thanks PS.

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14 Jul 2006, 01:34
is vs are ---> 'are' is wrong as 'one of the investors' is singular
was vs were -> use 'were' as it is a hypothetical situation
C --> 'be signed' is awkward

A is the best

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14 Jul 2006, 07:57
yepp A through straight elimination.

were is needed so B and D are out.
is is needed so E is out too.
they in B is problematic so only A remains.

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14 Jul 2006, 08:26
I was b/w A and C, but C had a pronoun problem, so I chose A

ps_dahiya... good explanations

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20 Jul 2006, 04:09
B...

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
were is for something completly hypothetic : If I were tall, I would.... In fact I am not tall. Here, there is a possibility that the deal won't be concluded. Thus "were" wrong.
Passive tense is also wrong.

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
For the reasons above, "deal was" right.
"They" is for the potential investors.
B is one letter shorter than A=>B is better!!!

CDE wrong SV agreement.

I have to recognize that I am not really convinced by my argument for B. Eg, I know the form "if I got money, (then) I would go on hollidays". Or "if I were tall, I would play handball".
In the SC above, where are the mandatory past tenses "would" and the "then" part???

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20 Jul 2006, 04:27
ps_dahiya wrote:
b14kumar wrote:
A is the best choice.
However, Is it correct to use "deal were" or do we need "deal was" in A??

Regards,
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This is of kind: "If I WERE a millionaire, I would have bet all my money at Las Vegas"

So we require "WERE" here. Its a situation which could have arisen. For such hypthetical situation we must use "WERE" irrespective of subject.

Subjunctive Mood .... Isn't it

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20 Jul 2006, 08:33
OA is A..

This one is a nightmare!

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.

"that" seems to be a relative pronoun here.
What does "that" refer to?
I thought relative pronoun refer to the very first noun preceding it in GMAT.
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20 Jul 2006, 08:56
I don't get it with the "were"...
Why is it "were" and not "was"? Or both could have been correct?

How can the sentence (A) be compared to more common sentences like:
If I were a giant, (then)I would ....
I thought this latter example was the only type of construction were subjunctive can be used with if.

And more generally, what are the difference between
1. If he won money, he would buy a car.
2. If he win money, he would buy a car(subj. mood)

Or
1. If I were smaller, I would run faster.
2. If I was small, I would run faster.

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28 Aug 2006, 20:14
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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28 Aug 2006, 20:28
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A is good.
Correct SVA ----> " not one.........is".
Subjunctive mood----> "if the deal were..."
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28 Aug 2006, 20:34
"Not one" needs singular SV... so requires "is" ...
Eliminates.. D and E.

Now I see a problem with A, B and C.

Is "deal" singular or plural?

A. [Not one of ...] 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. [Not one of ...] 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. [Not one of ...] 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. [Not one of ...] 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. [Not one of ...] 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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28 Aug 2006, 20:38
I will go with A here

D and E are out for SVA

B gerund "buying" doesn't fit into equation

C says "signed by them"... who are "them"? none of the investors? the bank? -> both singular

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28 Aug 2006, 20:45
OA: A

can someone clarify this:

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.

is that refers to agreement ? Thought it does not make sense to refer to signed but wondering why it can't ?

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29 Aug 2006, 12:04
that here refers to the agreement.

A survives.

is expected usage is the right one.

so D and E are wrong.

C is wordy.

B uses was instead of were

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30 Aug 2006, 04:17
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OA: A

can someone clarify this:

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.

is that refers to agreement ? Thought it does not make sense to refer to signed but wondering why it can't ?

"a merger agreement is signed" is one phrase + that includes...

that is modifying the agreement, regardless of whether or not it was signed.

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