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# SC Question Doubt

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Updated on: 08 Feb 2017, 08:18
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Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their clients’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to something ingested, but in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy, the perpetrators are in effect told that they are not responsible for their actions.

(A) in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy

(B) if criminal or delinquent behavior is attributed to an allergy to some food

(C) in attributing behavior that is criminal or delinquent to an allergy to some food

(D) if some food allergy is attributed as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior

(E) in attributing a food allergy as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior

OG says the answer is B. But I was thinking everytime there is an "if", then it should be followed by a "then". Is that not true?

Originally posted by ramyagmatclub on 07 Feb 2017, 20:48.
Last edited by Abhishek009 on 08 Feb 2017, 08:18, edited 1 time in total.
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07 Feb 2017, 21:20
No , it is not always necessary to have an if+ clause to be followed by then.

For ex :-

If I go to school daily, I will recieve the best student award.

This statement conveys the meaning without using a "then" statement.

Infact ,you should look at this link
https://gmat.magoosh.com/forum/3460-def ... that-their

This is an awesome explanation of the question by mike

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07 Feb 2017, 22:55
ramyagmatclub wrote:
Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their clients’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to something ingested, but in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy, the perpetrators are in effect told that they are not responsible for their actions.

(A) in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy

(B) if criminal or delinquent behavior is attributed to an allergy to some food

(C) in attributing behavior that is criminal or delinquent to an allergy to some food

(D) if some food allergy is attributed as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior

(E) in attributing a food allergy as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior

OG says the answer is B. But I was thinking everytime there is an "if", then it should be followed by a "then". Is that not true?

Do you have an Official Explanation you can share?
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08 Feb 2017, 00:41
ramyagmatclub wrote:
Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their clients’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to something ingested, but in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy, the perpetrators are in effect told that they are not responsible for their actions.

(A) in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy

(B) if criminal or delinquent behavior is attributed to an allergy to some food

(C) in attributing behavior that is criminal or delinquent to an allergy to some food

(D) if some food allergy is attributed as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior

(E) in attributing a food allergy as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior

Same topic here https://gmatclub.com/forum/defense-atto ... tml#p54047

Correct idiom is "attribute to", so D and E out.

In C, "that is criminal or delinquent" is wordy.

In A, "in attributing" is awkward. I think "be attributed to sth" sounds better.
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08 Feb 2017, 08:23
Dear ramyagmatclub

Welcome to GMATCLUB...

Please use Spoilers, Add OA and Underline relevant portion of the question and search for questions already posted in the forum.

Coming to your question, " IT IS NOT NECESSARY THAT THEN SHOULD FOLLOW IF "

Consider this sentence where we have attributed to ( Idiomatic form )

ramyagmatclub wrote:
Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their clients’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to something ingested, but in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy, the perpetrators are in effect told that they are not responsible for their actions.

(A) in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy

(B) if criminal or delinquent behavior is attributed to an allergy to some food

(C) in attributing behavior that is criminal or delinquent to an allergy to some food

(D) if some food allergy is attributed as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior

(E) in attributing a food allergy as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior

The correct idiomatic form for attributed to is - " attribute x to y ", hence correct answer must be (B)

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08 Feb 2017, 09:47
ramyagmatclub wrote:

OG says the answer is B. But I was thinking everytime there is an "if", then it should be followed by a "then". Is that not true?

Then is not a logical connector at all. It is used in conditional sentences as an adverbial. Inclusion or omission of this adverb 'then' doesn't make any difference to the meaning of conditional sentence.
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