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According to many military historians, Germany’s conquest of the mountainous island of Navarone in the Aegean Sea was of utmost military importance throughout the Second World War because they realized that, if they did not exploit its strategic location, their survival against the indomitable naval might of the British would always be in peril.

(A) they realized that, if they did not exploit its strategic location, their survival against the indomitable naval might of the British would always be in peril.

(B) it realized that, if it did not exploit the island’s strategic location, Germany’s survival against the indomitable naval might of the British would always be in peril.

(C) the nation’s generals realized that, if Navarone’s strategic location was not exploited, Germany’s survival against the indomitable naval might of the British was always in peril.

(D) they realized that, if Navarone’s strategic location was not exploited, Germany’s survival against the indomitable naval might of the British was always in peril.

(E) the nation’s generals realized that, if they did not exploit Navarone’s strategic location, Germany’s survival against the indomitable naval might of the British would always be in peril.

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(A) they realized that, if they did not exploit its strategic location, their survival against the indomitable naval might of the British would always be in peril.

"They" and "their" can't possibly refer to "Germany's", since "Germany's" is a singular, possessive noun. So I guess "they" and "their" must refer to historians, and that makes no sense at all. Eliminate (A).

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(B) it realized that, if it did not exploit the island’s strategic location, Germany’s survival against the indomitable naval might of the British would always be in peril.

"It" has no clear antecedent here, either. "Germany's" is possessive, and the subject pronoun "it" can't refer back to a possessive antecedent. Plus, it's awfully weird to say that "Germany realized" something. (B) is gone.

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(C) the nation’s generals realized that, if Navarone’s strategic location was not exploited, Germany’s survival against the indomitable naval might of the British was always in peril.

I like the use of "the nation's generals", but the last chunk of the sentence is an if/then statement, and we need to use the conditional "would" instead of "was." (C) can be eliminated.

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(D) they realized that, if Navarone’s strategic location was not exploited, Germany’s survival against the indomitable naval might of the British was always in peril.

This has the same pronoun problem as (B), along with the verb form problem that appears in (C).

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(E) the nation’s generals realized that, if they did not exploit Navarone’s strategic location, Germany’s survival against the indomitable naval might of the British would always be in peril.

Much better! The verb is in the proper form, and the only pronoun in the underlined portion, "they", refers nicely back to the nation's generals. (E) is our answer.
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E

A,B & D are out because the non underlined part says germany's conquest.

C is wrong becoz of incorrect usage of IF clause.

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Could we get the OA for this question please?

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According to many military historians, Germany’s conquest of the mountainous island of Navarone in the Aegean Sea was of utmost military importance throughout the Second World War because they realized that, if they did not exploit its strategic location, their survival against the indomitable naval might of the British would always be in peril.

(A) they realized that, if they did not exploit its strategic location, their survival against the indomitable naval might of the British would always be in peril.

(B) it realized that, if it did not exploit the island’s strategic location, Germany’s survival against the indomitable naval might of the British would always be in peril.

(C) the nation’s generals realized that, if Navarone’s strategic location was not exploited, Germany’s survival against the indomitable naval might of the British was always in peril.

(D) they realized that, if Navarone’s strategic location was not exploited, Germany’s survival against the indomitable naval might of the British was always in peril.

(E) the nation’s generals realized that, if they did not exploit Navarone’s strategic location, Germany’s survival against the indomitable naval might of the British would always be in peril.


IMHO , Correct answer must be (D) , errors in other options highlighted in RED above...
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According to many military historians, Germany’s conquest of the mountainous island of Navarone in the Aegean Sea was of utmost military importance throughout the Second World War because they realized that, if they did not exploit its strategic location, their survival against the indomitable naval might of the British would always be in peril.

(A) they realized that, if they did not exploit its strategic location, their survival against the indomitable naval might of the British would always be in peril.

(B) it realized that, if it did not exploit the island’s strategic location, Germany’s survival against the indomitable naval might of the British would always be in peril.

(C) the nation’s generals realized that, if Navarone’s strategic location was not exploited, Germany’s survival against the indomitable naval might of the British was always in peril.

(D) they realized that, if Navarone’s strategic location was not exploited, Germany’s survival against the indomitable naval might of the British was always in peril.

(E) the nation’s generals realized that, if they did not exploit Navarone’s strategic location, Germany’s survival against the indomitable naval might of the British would always be in peril.


IMHO , Correct answer must be (D) , errors in other options highlighted in RED above...



Thank you for the reply. I think you mentioned D, it must be E according to your reasoning :)

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According to many military historians, Germany’s conquest of the mountainous island of Navarone in the Aegean Sea was of utmost military importance throughout the Second World War because they realized that, if they did not exploit its strategic location, their survival against the indomitable naval might of the British would always be in peril.

(A) they realized that, if they did not exploit its strategic location, their survival against the indomitable naval might of the British would always be in peril. - Antecedent of the pronoun is ambiguous

(B) it realized that, if it did not exploit the island’s strategic location, Germany’s survival against the indomitable naval might of the British would always be in peril. Antecedent of the pronoun is ambiguous

(C) the nation’s generals realized that, if Navarone’s strategic location was not exploited, Germany’s survival against the indomitable naval might of the British was always in peril. - If past, then would is preferred - incorrect usage in second part of the clause - "was always in peril" distorts the meaning

(D) they realized that, if Navarone’s strategic location was not exploited, Germany’s survival against the indomitable naval might of the British was always in peril. - Same error as C

(E) the nation’s generals realized that, if they did not exploit Navarone’s strategic location, Germany’s survival against the indomitable naval might of the British would always be in peril. - Corrects the error in C and removes any pronoun ambiguity.

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According to many military historians, Germany’s conquest of the mountainous island of Navarone in the Aegean Sea was of utmost military importance throughout the Second World War because they realized that, if they did not exploit its strategic location, their survival against the indomitable naval might of the British would always be in peril.

(A) they realized that, if they did not exploit its strategic location, their survival against the indomitable naval might of the British would always be in peril. - what are these pronouns referencing back to? Military historians? Doesn't make logical sense.

(B) it realized that, if it did not exploit the island’s strategic location, Germany’s survival against the indomitable naval might of the British would always be in peril. - what does "it" refer back to? Germany? Unclear.

(C) the nation’s generals realized that, if Navarone’s strategic location was not exploited, Germany’s survival against the indomitable naval might of the British was always in peril. - "Was" should be "would"

(D) they realized that, if Navarone’s strategic location was not exploited, Germany’s survival against the indomitable naval might of the British was always in peril. - another pronoun that doesn't reference back to a logical antecedent

(E) the nation’s generals realized that, if they did not exploit Navarone’s strategic location, Germany’s survival against the indomitable naval might of the British would always be in peril. - the issue of confusing pronouns is eliminated by using "the nation's generals"; "would" is correctly used

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