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# Rust can deteriorate a steel pipe to such an extent that it

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29 Aug 2007, 12:58
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Rust can deteriorate a steel pipe to such an extent that it will snap easily, as though it was a twig.

a. will snap easily, as though it was a twig

b. will snap easily, like a twig does

c. will snap easily, as though it is a twig

d. might snap easily, as though it was a twig

e. will snap easily, as though it were a twig
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29 Aug 2007, 13:11
Piter wrote:
Rust can deteriorate a steel pipe to such an extent that it will snap easily, as though it was a twig.

a. will snap easily, as though it was a twig

b. will snap easily, like a twig does

c. will snap easily, as though it is a twig

d. might snap easily, as though it was a twig

e. will snap easily, as though it were a twig

Vote for 'E'

We need "were" here ...Its SUbjuntive ...

Though I did not like the use of "though" here ...."if" would have been muhc better
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29 Aug 2007, 13:25
Piter wrote:
Rust can deteriorate a steel pipe to such an extent that it will snap easily, as though it was a twig.

a. will snap easily, as though it was a twig

b. will snap easily, like a twig does

c. will snap easily, as though it is a twig

d. might snap easily, as though it was a twig

e. will snap easily, as though it were a twig

Between C and D I go with C

A is wrong because of verb/verb agreement
B is wrong because it incorrectly use "like"
E is wrong because it should use "would" instead of "will"
I don't like the use of "was" in D
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29 Aug 2007, 16:15
E for me as well ... I don't know the grammar rule, but were sounds the best
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29 Aug 2007, 16:34
Someone explain why E is right...and why C is wrong...plz.
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29 Aug 2007, 16:46
bkk145 wrote:
Someone explain why E is right...and why C is wrong...plz.

will snap easily, as though it were a twig

it is grammatically fit i would say.

I think better explanation for this is given in English Grammar in Use by Raymond Murphy.

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29 Aug 2007, 17:00
Choice E is correct.

When you have a sentence which is in subjenctive mood (i.e. deals with uncertainty or untrue), then all forms of to be becomes were.

Hence the use of "were" is correct to describe a situation which is untrue.

The steel pipe is not a twig but behaves as a twig.
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29 Aug 2007, 17:25
I understand the subjunctive with the word "were".
However, I always thought that the word "were" must be accompanied by the word "would". Is this not the case?
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29 Aug 2007, 17:27
bkk145 wrote:
I understand the subjunctive with the word "were".
However, I always thought that the word "were" must be accompanied by the word "would". Is this not the case?

it is correct if it uses only contrary to fact or like that.

but in here. it is about imitation

for would the form is different

If...then ... would

As if and as thought is a bit different as to my knowledge
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11 Oct 2014, 04:21
subhen wrote:
Choice E is correct.

When you have a sentence which is in subjunctive mood (i.e. deals with uncertainty or untrue), then all forms of to be becomes were.

Hence the use of "were" is correct to describe a situation which is untrue.

The steel pipe is not a twig but behaves as a twig.

SO many different posts of the same question but not one justification that could completely explain the SC property.
The above, however seemed the most logical explanation of Subjunctive mood.

I urge, the experts to please shed some light on subjunctive form of verb and how does it come in to play in a sentence. Does it apply in a hypothetical situation only. To my knowledge, subjunctive form of verb is: The board demanded THAT the CEO resign.

Resign is a plural verb courtesy the subjunctive form: demanded that.

So in the above question, plural 'were' is used because of the same reason? and if so, then how does one figure that it is in subjunctive mood?

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18 Sep 2017, 06:46
The expression “as though” introduces a supposition that is contrary to fact (the pipe is not a
twig). Such suppositions must be expressed in the subjunctive mood. For example, in the phrase "I
wish I were rich," the verb "were" is in the subjunctive because the phrase expresses a desire contrary
to fact. The appropriate singular form of the verb “to be” in the subjunctive mood is “were.”

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) “Like” should not be used to introduce the comparative clause “a twig does.” The word “as” should
be used instead. "Like" is used to compare nouns only.

(C) The verb “is” is not appropriate for the subjunctive mood. The appropriate singular form of the
verb “to be” in the subjunctive mood is “were.”

(D) The verb “was” is not appropriate for the subjunctive mood. The appropriate singular form of the
verb “to be” in the subjunctive mood is “were.” In addition, this choice changes the meaning of the
sentence. While the original sentence asserts that it is possible for rust to deteriorate a steel pipe to
the point where it will snap easily, this choice asserts only that it is possible for rust to deteriorate the
pipe to a point where it might snap, i.e., it implies a somewhat lesser degree of possible deterioration.

(E) CORRECT. This choice correctly uses the subjunctive “were.”
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