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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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18 Jan 2005, 07:22
I go with (B) on this toughie.

Not one = none ~ either singular/plural

This is not subjunctive mood so "...deal were" is wrong. So (B) and (D) left. (D) is out for this "it signs a merger agreement with a provision for penalties included". (B) uses "they" referring to "potential investors"

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18 Jan 2005, 07:29
I would go with 'A' - subjunctive mood - is signed ......if the deal were not
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18 Jan 2005, 07:58
I don't know but " is signed" is just a word in passive voice. How can we tell whether a sentence is in subjunctive mood? I am confused.

I suspected there is some trap here too by the use of "expected". But as far as I know, subjunctive mood must have some kind of word such as "would", "should"...

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18 Jan 2005, 08:01
To me it is between A and C for subjunctive mood reason.

until be signed is better than until is signed so I choose C
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18 Jan 2005, 08:19
i would say B. what is the OA? it sure is a tough one..
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18 Jan 2005, 20:55
A has to be correct.

All other choices are wrong. It's a case of subject verb and Pronoun Referant.

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18 Jan 2005, 22:24
chunjuwu, are you sure there is no typo and that there is no semi-colon b/w "signed" and "that". I would have chosen A if semi-colon was present. B through E do have subject-verb agreement errors.
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19 Jan 2005, 12:58
A and C and E all have one more porblem deal were concluded deal is singular therefor it has to deal was concluded...leaving behing D and B. the question now is, is the not of the investors is it plural or singular. I think the subject here is singular therefor B is correct

B correct choice...whats the OA
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A and C and E all have one more porblem deal were concluded deal is singular therefor it has to deal was concluded...leaving behing D and B. the question now is, is the not of the investors is it plural or singular. I think the subject here is singular therefor B is correct

B correct choice...whats the OA

B is wrong and has to do with subjunctive mood

if the deal were concluded--> right form
if I were rich--> once again, it is not "was" because of subjunctive mood. This is a commonly tested GMAT question. Be careful
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19 Jan 2005, 19:59
Its got to be (A). (C) is screwing up the meaning of the sentence.
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20 Jan 2005, 03:53
Thanks all, the OA is A.

I thinks this is a subjunctive mood type.

On account of the question posted on other websites, I don't know whether there is a typo.

But I think the "that" refers to "merger agreement." How do you think about?

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12 Aug 2005, 07:14
Not one of the potential investors is expected to make an effort to buy First Interstate Bank until a merge 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 merge 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 merge agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal was
C. is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merge 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 merge 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 merge agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal were
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12 Aug 2005, 08:08
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A is fine..

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

- Just fine..

B. is expected to make an offer for buying First Interstate Bank until they sign a merge agreement including a provision for penalties if the deal was
- who is they here...moreover we need subjunctive usage after IF...
offer for buying is unidiomatic usage,,, Offer to by should be used..

C. is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merge agreement be signed by them with a provision for penalties if the deal were
- wrong usage of THEM, no referent....

D and E are out because of subject verb agreement.
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12 Aug 2005, 08:49
D and E are out. 'are' is the wrong verb
B is out. 'they' has no clear referent
C is awkward with the phrasing 'be signed by them'

A is the best choice by POE
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A is fine actually. All the others have flaws

B is out, because they has no clear referrent
C is out, because them has no clear referrent
D and E are out, because not one of the investors, should be followed by "is" and not "are"

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Agree with A that it is the least harmful.

but is "that" in A has clear referent. "that" in A is after signed. if so, doesnot it modify signed rather a merge agreement.

okdongdong wrote:
Not one of the potential investors is expected to make an effort to buy First Interstate Bank until a merge 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 merge agreement is signed that includes a provision for penalties if the deal were
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ywilfred wrote:
D and E are out. 'are' is the wrong verb
B is out. 'they' has no clear referent
C is awkward with the phrasing 'be signed by them'

A is the best choice by POE

ywilfred, can you please explain why are is wrong verb here?
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ywilfred wrote:
D and E are out. 'are' is the wrong verb
B is out. 'they' has no clear referent
C is awkward with the phrasing 'be signed by them'

A is the best choice by POE

ywilfred, can you please explain why are is wrong verb here?
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'one of the investors' is in a singular form, and so 'are' is wrong.
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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
Singular Plural, Modifier, Tough one !   [#permalink] 24 Sep 2005, 08:19

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