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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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I picked C ..
as though (present tense) + future tense

But answer is given as E ... can some one explain?

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14 Jan 2010, 19:34
ugimba 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

I picked C ..
as though (present tense) + future tense

But answer is given as E ... can some one explain?

Good question and all I can think of is this:

The statement "as if it were a twig" is hypothetical not factual. Because it's hypothetical, and as you say, as though is in the present tense, the verb should be in the past tense, hence the use of were. If the statement is factual, then you are correct in saying a future tense would be needed.

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14 Jan 2010, 21:42
lagomez wrote:
ugimba 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

I picked C ..
as though (present tense) + future tense

But answer is given as E ... can some one explain?

Good question and all I can think of is this:

The statement "as if it were a twig" is hypothetical not factual. Because it's hypothetical, and as you say, as though is in the present tense, the verb should be in the past tense, hence the use of were. If the statement is factual, then you are correct in saying a future tense would be needed.

hey thanks for the response. But the rule is "if it were twig, it WOULD .." right?not it WILL?

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15 Jan 2010, 03:26
ugimba wrote:
lagomez wrote:
ugimba 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

I picked C ..
as though (present tense) + future tense

But answer is given as E ... can some one explain?

Good question and all I can think of is this:

The statement "as if it were a twig" is hypothetical not factual. Because it's hypothetical, and as you say, as though is in the present tense, the verb should be in the past tense, hence the use of were. If the statement is factual, then you are correct in saying a future tense would be needed.

hey thanks for the response. But the rule is "if it were twig, it WOULD .." right?not it WILL?

My ans is E
The sentence after "as if" or "as though" falls into the hypothetical sentence. Therefore, the verb after the "as though" must be "were".
IMHO, It is not necessarily categorized into the if..,... form. I do not treat the V tense in the if.. form the same as the as if/as though form.
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15 Jan 2010, 09:04
E
Hypothetical subjunctive... for using 'were'.
As a reference: chap 7 page 112 in MGMAT SC book.

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ugimba 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

I picked C ..
as though (present tense) + future tense

But answer is given as E ... can some one explain?

You don't have here a construction present tense + future tense. The sentence compares hypothetically the pipe and the twig.

Consider the following analogy

present + will

if you train everyday, then you will run faster

if you train everyday, then you will run as if you were an athlete.

Both examples contain the construction present + will and the second just adds a hypothetical comparison.

In the same way you can eliminate as though ... from the sentence

Rust can deteriorate a steel pipe to such an extent that it will snap easily

The important thing to notice is that as though is just comparing hypothetically the pipe and the twig.
Is this clear for you?

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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

hypothetical, so 'it were'
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08 Feb 2012, 21:22
IMO E because it just like saying "If i were a millionaire..... " were is necessary to state.
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08 Feb 2012, 23:03
The answer is E .It is a subjunctive sentence .
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As though -- hypothetical situation. Always use "were" in such situtations.

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02 Jul 2012, 07:28
E for me, though i was confused for a moment between E and B. can anyone explain why it cant be B. i understand that like can be used to compare. Is it wrong because of the use of "does"?

Pls explain

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02 Jul 2012, 07:44
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E for me, though i was confused for a moment between E and B. can anyone explain why it cant be B. i understand that like can be used to compare. Is it wrong because of the use of "does"?

Pls explain

Hi tsheshraj,

The answer to your question is “Yes”. “Like” is used for comparison, but “like” is always followed by a noun entity and never by clause. In choice B for this sentence “like” is followed by a clause “a twig does”. This usage is incorrect. So, choice B can be eliminated easily.

For detailed explanation on correct usage of “like”, click on the following link:
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24 May 2017, 01:44
E .

pipe can never be a twig so we need a hypothetical situation . E makes it clear by introducing "were".

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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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