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

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New post 07 Apr 2016, 19:33
deal was or deal were?
I was under the impression that deal is singular in this particular context
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deal was or deal were?
I was under the impression that deal is singular in this particular context

Hi! Indeed, deal is singular, but in the context that it is used here, the usage comes under hypothetical subjunctive.

In hypothetical subjunctive, the appropriate verb used is were, irrespective of whether the subject is singular or plural.

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Why is option B, not correct?

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Answer choice B is not correct because of the phrase "for buying". This portion is uses an incorrect idiom. "To buy" is the correct phrase.



Thanks for your explanation :) .

''if the deal were'' is used in option A while ''if the deal was'' is used in B.

how to i select between were & was in this qn?

pl. explain.

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Why is option B, not correct?

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If we want to describe a hypothetical event in future within an IF clause, we are required to use a hypothetical subjunctive case. The hypothetical subjunctive case takes a simple past form (although the event would or would not occur in the future). Only for the verb to be the hypothetical subjunctive becomes "were" instead of "was".

If I became the king, I would eradicate poverty. (verb: to become - hypothetical subjunctive used for an unlikely future event. form: simple past)
If I were the king, I would eradicate poverty. (verb: to be - hypothetical subjunctive used for an unlikely future event. form: simple past - but instead of "was","were" is used.)

Option B is incorrect, because simple past is used rather than a hypothetical subjunctive to indicate a hypothetical event.
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Is it ok to use "that" to refer to "merger agreement" after "is signed"?? Agree all other options are wrong but needed clarification on this...(3 options changes the usage using with and ing form...)
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Is it ok to use "that" to refer to "merger agreement" after "is signed"?? Agree all other options are wrong but needed clarification on this...(3 options changes the usage using with and ing form...)


THAT intend to refer to a noun i.e. merger agreement. Now which sentence would you prefer to read/write from the following? of course the one that confuses you less and is more readable.

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.

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

BOTH of these are CORRECT. It is about style here.
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Is it ok to use "that" to refer to "merger agreement" after "is signed"?? Agree all other options are wrong but needed clarification on this...(3 options changes the usage using with and ing form...)


THAT intend to refer to a noun i.e. merger agreement. Now which sentence would you prefer to read/write from the following? of course the one that confuses you less and is more readable.

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.

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

BOTH of these are CORRECT. It is about style here.


can u generalize the cases were i cant eliminate a relative clause modifier although its not close to noun....i have read 3 cases...but this falls into none of those
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VyshakhR1995 wrote:
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VyshakhR1995 wrote:
Is it ok to use "that" to refer to "merger agreement" after "is signed"?? Agree all other options are wrong but needed clarification on this...(3 options changes the usage using with and ing form...)


THAT intend to refer to a noun i.e. merger agreement. Now which sentence would you prefer to read/write from the following? of course the one that confuses you less and is more readable.

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.

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

BOTH of these are CORRECT. It is about style here.


can u generalize the cases were i cant eliminate a relative clause modifier although its not close to noun....i have read 3 cases...but this falls into none of those


You can always remove a relative clause or any modifier to correctly map the subject and verb. But if you talk about the meaning then always check whether the modifier is essential or non-essential.

If not clear, would you please elaborate your question a little bit more?
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Is the use of 'was' correct here? Can you please explain with examples the 'if X was/were' split?
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Is the use of 'was' correct here? Can you please explain with examples the 'if X was/were' split?


There are certain standard tense rules for IF.. THEN... constructions - the one relevant here is as follows:

An unlikely future event:
IF [hypothetical subjunctive], THEN [conditional].

IF I went to the professor, I would be ready with an answer.

The above sentence implies that most likely I will not go to the professor. But in case I go, I will be ready with an answer.

The verb "went" is in hypothetical subjunctive case (hypothetical subjunctive is always in simple past).
The verb "would be" is conditional.

Exception in hypothetical subjunctive: When the verb "to be" is used in hypothetical sunjunctive, "were" is used instead of "was".

If I was in power, I would first deal with corruption.... wrong
If I were in power, I would first deal with corruption... right
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