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13. A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but that they will, or could, be made sufficiently safe in the future.
(A) that they will, or could,
(B) that they would, or could,
(C) they will be or could
(D) think that they will be or could
(E) think the power stations would or could

OA is...(I will tell you later hehe). However, for example in D, "think" is in its plural form. So, it is refering to nuclear power stations. It cannot refer to journalists because the subject is "a majority of". Am I right? Maybe I'm missing something, English is not my native language
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04 May 2010, 15:26
In my opinion E must be right. A to C seem ambigious and it is not clear what "they" refers to. Furthemore parallelism with "view" is only provided in D and E.

I would prefer E to D since the ambigious "they" is avoided and the more probable "will" makes no sense in combination with the less probale "could".

Therefore I would choose E.

Concerning "think", it is not supposed to be in the singular form since it has to be parallel to "view", which is also not in the singular form "views".
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05 May 2010, 08:11
E it is.

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05 May 2010, 12:46
I think its D not E

(D) subject: "think" verb, hence "they" can be clearly referred to power stations.

(E) "that" is needed to connect dependent clause.

A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations
as unsafe at present but think (that) "the power stations would or could , be made sufficiently safe in the future".

Again Usage of would is confusing.

IMO D
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05 May 2010, 13:16
IMO E

Eliminate D:

"they" is ambiguous even after think.
"that" is not required as think as a verb do not take command subjunctive or in other way it is not a bossy verb

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05 May 2010, 21:38
D for me

"would" seems unnecessary - it is the conditional tense, but there is no condition to speak of. On the other hand, "will be" is the simple future, and the sentence clearly states "in the future."
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06 May 2010, 08:35
Looks like a Close Call between D & E.

Still i go with D 'as explained in my previous post'

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06 May 2010, 09:13
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13. A majority of the international journalists surveyed view nuclear power stations as unsafe at present but that they will, or could, be made sufficiently safe in the future.
(A) that they will, or could,
(B) that they would, or could,
(C) they will be or could
(D) think that they will be or could
(E) think the power stations would or could

OA is...(I will tell you later hehe). However, for example in D, "think" is in its plural form. So, it is refering to nuclear power stations. It cannot refer to journalists because the subject is "a majority of". Am I right? Maybe I'm missing something, English is not my native language

Collective nouns can be plural, depending on the subject matter of the sentence. Here, it is assumed a majority of is plural because of the verb "view". Think would be incorrect if "view" were "views" because then you would go from singular to plural. In this case, they are both plural. In addition, "that" is needed to introduce the clause. E would be incorrect because to say "something would be safe in the future" sounds rather awkward. "something will be safe in the future" sounds better. Regardless, "that" is needed.

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