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# Scientists have identified an asteroid, 2000 BF19, that is

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Scientists have identified an asteroid, 2000 BF19, that is about half a mile wide and, if it strikes Earth, it can do tremendous damage to part of the planet but probably not cause planetwide destruction.

A. and, if it strikes Earth, it can do tremendous damage to part of the planet but
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 is 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

subjunctive usage..
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17 Jun 2008, 09:24
Is it C.

Pronoun it does not have a clear referrent in rest of the choices.
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17 Jun 2008, 09:31
A. if strikes, then would/could(future tense), no proper pronoun reference(it here refers to Earth)
B. would will never come in the if part of the condition, no proper pronoun reference(it refers to Earth)
C. if stikes, then could...but would(parallelism and tense match)
D. is stuck by it...passive, no proper pronoun reference(it here refers to Earth)
E. if strikes, then could (use is correct)...but lacks parallelism, no proper pronoun reference(it here refers to Earth)

Go with C.

Can someone tell me if i'm wrong, in the way i'm eliminating the answer choices.

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17 Jun 2008, 09:34
What about the way the pronoun "it" is used in C makes it clearer than the other choices? I agree that the answer is C, but for a different reason. I think the use of "were to strike" is proper in C and no other choice uses it.

vksunder wrote:
Is it C.

Pronoun it does not have a clear referrent in rest of the choices.

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17 Jun 2008, 12:22
Going with A by the POE ..

C,D,E - I somehow feel that "that" is not needed and is redundant here. However, i must agree that the tone of C is correct because it speaks of an unreal situation.

B - "if it would (then) could or would..." is incorrect.

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17 Jun 2008, 15:48
Would go with C for the subjunctive....If it were to strike ...
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17 Jun 2008, 16:24
I'll go for A.

I think the mood expressed here is "indicative" and not "subjuctive", thereby not requiring "were" in the sentence. The content of the "If" clause here is not presupposed to be false.

Choices B, C, D, E have either subjuctive or passive/wordy constructions.
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18 Jun 2008, 13:47
I dont know the answer. found it online in some wesite.

I vote between A and C.

But with option C

"and that, if it were to strike Earth, could do tremendous damage to part of the planet but would"

It does not seem a doubtful,hopeful statement , so can not be subjunctive mood. So were is not justified here. 'that' is also not needed.Since that in the first statement refers earth. Does not need to be parallel.

This is actullay giving a fact.It says that if asteroid strikes earth ..so and so happens..so it should be indicative mood statment.

Option A should be a better fit.

But i am not sure.
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18 Nov 2009, 19:27
Sunny143 wrote:
Whats the OA?

The OA is c.
Check asteroids-75349.html
Also cos C is subjunctive and is a ? on parallelism so 'that' is reqd.
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