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# Relying exclusively on radio communication, both to transmit messages

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03 Aug 2015, 10:27
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Relying exclusively on radio communication, both to transmit messages it has encoded and to receive messages, the search for extraterrestrial life by SETI, the most heavily funded project of this kind, will likely be stymied if this form of communication does not yield any tangible breakthroughs.

A) messages, the search for extraterrestrial life by SETI, the most heavily funded project of this kind, will likely be
B) messages, SETI has been the most heavily funded project of this kind, yet the search for extraterrestrial life would likely have been
C) messages, SETI is the most heavily funded project of its kind, yet the search for extraterrestrial life will likely be
D) messages, SETI is the most heavily funded project of this kind and would likely, in searching for extraterrestrial life, be
E) messages, SETI is the most heavily funded project of its kind, though the search for extraterrestrial life would be

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03 Aug 2015, 18:53
Can anyone tell the difference between its kind and this kind
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03 Aug 2015, 20:29
"most heavily funded project of its kind" means the project is unique in its domain by the means of funding it received.

"of this kind" should necessarily refer to the "type of project" we are referring to... "this" does not have a proper antecedent and does not make sense in this sentence.

The answer is C. We need SETI right after "messages".

We only know that the search can possibly be stymied... so only C says that.

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03 Aug 2015, 21:30
I am confused with option C & E.
What's wrong with option E
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03 Aug 2015, 23:16
IMO:

"will likely be" shows the implied possibility of the search being blocked.. meaning with high degree of possibility for it to occur..

"would be" simply shows a possibility.. which is again unimplied...

As per the sentence it is better to go with the former.

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04 Aug 2015, 03:28
Relying exclusively on radio communication, both to transmit messages it has encoded and to receive messages, the search for extraterrestrial life by SETI, the most heavily funded project of this kind, will likely be stymied if this form of communication does not yield any tangible breakthroughs.

A) messages, the search for extraterrestrial life by SETI, the most heavily funded project of this kind, will likely be
wrong placement of modifier: the search is not a project

B) messages, SETI has been the most heavily funded project of this kind, yet the search for extraterrestrial life would likely have been
wrong time - we need simple future when we describe what will happens with search so would have been is wrong

C) messages, SETI is the most heavily funded project of its kind, yet the search for extraterrestrial life will likely be
Correct

D) messages, SETI is the most heavily funded project of this kind and would likely, in searching for extraterrestrial life, be
change of meaning - in original sentence we saw that search will be stymied not the SETI
wrong time - we need simple future when we describe what will happens with search so would is wrong

E) messages, SETI is the most heavily funded project of its kind, though the search for extraterrestrial life would be
wrong time - we need simple future when we describe what will happens with search so would be is wrong
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04 Aug 2015, 04:27
Having difficulty between C and E. Can someone explain when to use 'will be' and when to use 'would be'?
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04 Aug 2015, 04:50
will be is used for something with certainty..100%

While would be showes a possibility of it happening... not certainty..

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04 Aug 2015, 04:51
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Having difficulty between C and E. Can someone explain when to use 'will be' and when to use 'would be'?

Hello Pillarsofcreation

In this case the described situation happens in present simple so we should use will
If this situation were happened in the past then we should use would

But would also has a lot of another rules so it better to read some grammar book or at least search some articles on this site.
As example: would-when-to-use-170427.html
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04 Aug 2015, 04:55
dominicraj wrote:
will be is used for something with certainty..100%

While would be showes a possibility of it happening... not certainty..

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Hello dominicraj

But we have sentence "will likely be" How it can be 100% certainty?
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