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Not one of the potential investors is expected to make an offer to buy

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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

Originally posted by chunjuwu on 18 Jan 2005, 04:25.
Last edited by Bunuel on 16 Dec 2019, 23:59, edited 5 times in total.
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05 May 2017, 06:00
pratik1709 wrote:
I am not getting how Option A is correct here... if you see clause "that...".. how come this clause modifies Noun Agreement? Ideally, it should modify preceding verb.

Hi pratik1709, the that.... clause (relative clause) cannot modify verb; it will always modify a noun.

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05 May 2017, 06:24
TheRzS wrote:
A is easily the best option here, but is it not violating subjunctive rule?
If we use " if...were...to" structure, don't we need would be expected to make?

Country X has adequate medicinal preparedness if an epidemic were to break in country X.

Hi TheRzS, the only hypothetical in this sentence is the scenario of an epidemic breaking in country X; Adequate medicinal preparedness is not hypothetical; medicinal preparedness is already there (nothing hypothetical about it!). Hence, we cannot use subjunctive in the first portion of the sentence.

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07 May 2017, 20:43
hi,
expert , i am confused with sub-verb , to me it not one of the potential investors should be plural ?

if not check this example

he is one one of the persons who make money .

here why do we need work not works ?

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10 May 2017, 06:36
nks2611 wrote:
hi,
expert , i am confused with sub-verb , to me it not one of the potential investors should be plural ?

if not check this example

he is one one of the persons who make money .

here why do we need work not works ?

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In your example the relative pronoun "who" refers to "persons" - the subject of the verb "make" is "who", i.e. "persons" ( not "one"). Your sentence implies that there are many persons who make (plural) money - he is one of them.

Now consider the following statement:
One of the persons makes money. Here the subject of the verb "makes" is "one", not "persons". This sentence implies that there are many persons, but only one makes money.

The subject sentence is of the latter form. Hence your comparison is not correct.
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10 Jun 2017, 06:36
I have a doubt regarding option C, why is that choice wrong? Can you please explain.
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11 Jun 2017, 16:03
vnigam21 wrote:
I have a doubt regarding option C, why is that choice wrong? Can you please explain.

Here is the sentence using choice (C):

"Not one of the potential investors 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 not to be concluded."

The pronoun "them" is ambiguous... who will sign the merger agreement? The bank itself is singular, so the only possible referent in this sentence is the potential investors, but it probably doesn't make sense for all potential investors to sign any sort of agreement. Is the agreement to be signed by executives of First Interstate Bank? Shareholders? Board members? If those people aren't explicitly mentioned in the sentence, "them" can't refer to any of them.

Also, the use of the subjunctive "be signed" is not necessary in this case. For example, you would say, "I will not eat my soup until the fly is removed", not "I will not eat my soup until the fly be removed."

You could, however, use the subjunctive to express a hope/request/demand. For example, "I demand that the fly be removed from my soup."

I hope this helps!
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29 Jan 2019, 00:51
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How the sentence is correct since the then clause is missing if were, would why the would part is missing ?
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08 Mar 2019, 16:50
chunjuwu 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 - A is the correct response

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 SV agreement error at the end

C. is expected to make an offer to buy First Interstate Bank until a merger agreement be signed by themwith a provision for penalties if the deal were - "Them" has no antecedent

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 - SV error

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
- SV error
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05 Feb 2020, 01:02
I agree A is the only possible answer here but how come "that" refers to "agreement" as "agreement is signed" this part has verb and that is jumping to agreement and referring to agreement.

chunjuwu 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
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17 Apr 2020, 06:37
daagh wrote:
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.

Hi daagh,
Can you please explain when to use 'for verb+ing' and when to use 'to +verb', since both kinda are used to show intent or a reason for the action.
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