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Affording strategic proximity to the Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco was also of interest to the French throughout the first half of the twentieth century because they assumed that if they did not hold it, their grip on Algeria was always insecure.

(A) if they did not hold it, their grip on Algeria was always insecure
(B) without it their grip on Algeria would never be secure
(C) their grip on Algeria was not ever secure if they did not hold it
(D) without that, they could never be secure about their grip on Algeria
(E) never would their grip on Algeria be secure if they did not hold it

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Richardson wrote:
Help me understand this q. Thx.

Affording strategic proximity to the Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco was also of interest to the French throughout the first half of the twentieth century because they assumed that if they did not hold it, their grip on Algeria was always insecure.

(A) if they did not hold it, their grip on Algeria was always insecure
(B) without it their grip on Algeria would never be secure
(C) their grip on Algeria was not ever secure if they did not hold it
(D) without that, they could never be secure about their grip on Algeria
(E) never would their grip on Algeria be secure if they did not hold it


I am going with B

If they did not hold it (past tense) needs would + base verb ) A & C out for this reason.

D uses that to refer to Algeria. it is better than that. D is out

E possibly is correct but it is long. Also it does not say their grip on algeria would never be secure but says never would their grip on Algeria be secure

B is clear and concise


On a different note the modifier Affording strategic proximity to the Strait of Gibraltar seems to modify Morocco, where as France/French seems to be the one who was affording proximity.

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Richardson wrote:
Help me understand this q. Thx.

Affording strategic proximity to the Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco was also of interest to the French throughout the first half of the twentieth century because they assumed that if they did not hold it, their grip on Algeria was always insecure.

(A) if they did not hold it, their grip on Algeria was always insecure
(B) without it their grip on Algeria would never be secure
(C) their grip on Algeria was not ever secure if they did not hold it
(D) without that, they could never be secure about their grip on Algeria
(E) never would their grip on Algeria be secure if they did not hold it


IMO B)

A) is wrong gramatically
C) ever secure is wrong
D) without that is wrong
E) is wordy

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