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Scientist have identified an asteroid, 2000 BF19, that is

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Scientist have identified an asteroid, 2000 BF19, that is [#permalink]

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29 Aug 2009, 08:58
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Scientist have identified an asteroid, 2000 BF19, that is about half mile wide and, if it strikes Earth, it can do tremendous damage to part of the planet but probably not cause planetwide destruction.

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B. and, if it would strike Earth, part of the planet could experience a tremendous amount of damage but it would
C. and that, if it were to strike Earth, could do tremendous damage to part of the planet but would
D. and that, if earth struck by it can do part of the planet tremendous damage, but it would
E. and that, if it strikes earth, it could experience a tremendous amount of damage but

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29 Aug 2009, 10:00
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A. and, if it strikes Earth, it can do tremendous damage to part of the planet but -- it can refer back to earh or asteroid.. not clear..Hence, incorrect.

B. and, if it would strike Earth, part of the planet could experience a tremendous amount of damage but it would -- it can refer to part of the planet, asteroid or earth.. not clear..Hence, incorrect.

C. and that, if it were to strike Earth, could do tremendous damage to part of the planet but would -- correct..subjunctive mood for hypothetical situations..

D. and that, if earth struck by it can do part of the planet tremendous damage, but it would -- Passive..seems like earth is causing the damage.Hence, incorrect.

E. and that, if it strikes earth, it could experience a tremendous amount of damage but --Who will exprience damage ? earth or asteroid..not clear...hence, incorrect.
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29 Aug 2009, 10:24
Thank you!!! Its more clear now
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21 Sep 2009, 21:13
gmate2010 wrote:

C. and that, if it were to strike Earth, could do tremendous damage to part of the planet but would -- correct..subjunctive mood for hypothetical situations..

C has a problem: It is missing the word "it" before "could". Try reading it with skipping the middle clause: "... and that could do tremendous damage". Please explain.
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21 Sep 2009, 23:37
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We can only Knock the Sentence in double commas provided its a modifier here its not a modifier

Y is A wrong?
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25 Sep 2009, 14:32
IMO C. Subjunctive construction.
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25 Sep 2009, 14:59
IMO C stands out as the only correct one.
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25 Sep 2009, 23:13
guys what is wrong with A as it refers to singular, shouldn't we use strikes instead of strike.

@viren what is the OA ?
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17 Nov 2009, 04:37
mendelay wrote:
gmate2010 wrote:

C. and that, if it were to strike Earth, could do tremendous damage to part of the planet but would -- correct..subjunctive mood for hypothetical situations..

C has a problem: It is missing the word "it" before "could". Try reading it with skipping the middle clause: "... and that could do tremendous damage". Please explain.

I think C is correct. If you add the word "it" to the sentence, it would no longer be structurally parallel:

Scientist have identified an asteroid, 2000 BF19, that is... and that it could do... (Is NOT parallel: THAT + VERB / THAT + PRONOUN + VERB).

So it would be better to go with answer C:
Scientist have identified an asteroid, 2000 BF19, that is... and that could do... (Is parallel: THAT + VERB / THAT + VERB).
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17 Nov 2009, 10:06
Well explained...C is correct
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