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Should the Republican Party become the minority party, its ability

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Should the Republican Party become the minority party, its ability to win a presidential election is determined by the number of Democratic and Independent voters it attracts.

A - its ability to win a presidential election is determined by the number of Democratic and Independent voters it attracts.
B - the number of Democratic and Independent voters it attracts will determine its ability to win a presidential election
C - its ability to win a presidential election has been determined by the number of Democratic and Independent voters it attracts.
D - the number of Democratic and Independent voters it attracts determined its ability to win a presidential election
E - the number of Democratic and Independent voters it would have attracted determines its ability to win a presidential election
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New post 17 Nov 2017, 21:00
The intended meaning of the sentence is to predict if Republican Party wants become the minority party. So B is the answer as it is in future tense.

Hope this helps.

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The question is testing conditional verbs. We know this by the use of word "should". It is a hypothetical situation... The correct form is future verb. Should X happen.... y will determine Z.

Best answer (B)

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New post 18 Nov 2017, 05:57
I have a doubt here .may be silly one ..
1.Should the Republican Party become the minority party.
2.the number of Democratic and Independent voters it attracts will determine its ability to win a presidential election

i feel 1 and 2 are independent clause that is connected with comma...
need advice on this

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New post 18 Nov 2017, 21:58
sobby: I am not a grammar expert. And no question/ doubt is silly. The only thing silly is not to ask.

To your question:
These are not independent clauses.
1) Should the Republican Party become minority party. Here "should", explains an unlikely scenario
2) its ability..... is the result of this unlikely possibility. So these two are not independent.

@GMATNinja- may be you could explain further.
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