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# State legislators fear that traffic accidents would be more frequent a

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State legislators fear that traffic accidents would be more frequent and severe if the speed limit was increased to 75 mph on rural highways.

(A) would be more frequent and severe if the speed limit was increased
(B) would be more frequent and severe were the speed limit to be increased up
(C) would be more frequent and severe were the speed limit increased
(D) would become more frequent and severe with the speed limit increased
(E) would become more frequent and severe after the speed limit has increased

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Originally posted by vyassaptarashi on 08 Dec 2010, 09:12.
Last edited by Bunuel on 17 Jan 2019, 05:31, edited 3 times in total.
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08 Dec 2010, 11:02
State legislators fear that traffic accidents would be more frequent and severe if the speed limit was increased to 75 mph on rural highways.

Can't you read the statement like this:

State legislators fear that traffic accidents was increased to 75 mph on rural highways.

Leaves B and C. Haven't gone over subjunctives yet, so I'm not even going to try it.

But would it be consistency with a conditional phrase "would be"?

vyassaptarashi wrote:
Try this guys.....

State legislators fear that traffic accidents would be more frequent and severe if the speed limit was increased to 75 mph on rural highways.

(A) would be more frequent and severe if the speed limit was increased
(B) would be more frequent and severe were the speed limit to be increased up
(C) would be more frequent and severe were the speed limit increased
(D) would become more frequent and severe with the speed limit increased
(E) would become more frequent and severe after the speed limit has increased
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Updated on: 08 Dec 2010, 12:29
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State legislators fear that traffic accidents would be more frequent and severe if the speed limit was increased to 75 mph on rural highways.

Can't you read the statement like this:

State legislators fear that traffic accidents was increased to 75 mph on rural highways.

Leaves B and C. Haven't gone over subjunctives yet, so I'm not even going to try it.

But would it be consistency with a conditional phrase "would be"?

USCtrojan,

"Would be" is the right use here since it is a subjunctive. If i explain it now all people will get the hint why answer is "B"...
So, lets wait for some time, then i will explain why would be is right.

Originally posted by vyassaptarashi on 08 Dec 2010, 12:15.
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08 Dec 2010, 12:25
Is it really correct to say "increased up"? Isn't that redundant?
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08 Dec 2010, 15:45
You right, "increased up"? Is redundant?

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09 Dec 2010, 00:21
klevs1985 wrote:
Is it really correct to say "increased up"? Isn't that redundant?

Increased up is definitely redundant....

But its not "increased up" here..... its "increased up to".... which is not redundant at all
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09 Dec 2010, 01:03
Up to Changes the meaning, doesn't it? if it doesn't Up is better than up to right?
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09 Dec 2010, 01:25
mailnavin1 wrote:
Up to Changes the meaning, doesn't it? if it doesn't Up is better than up to right?

Mailnavin,
u r right ..... it changes the meaning ..... i checked the answer ones again its C and not B

"C" is correct because "increased to" is more succinct and clear than "increased up to" ...

I m sorry people i missed typed answer .... i have edited it now...
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09 Dec 2010, 23:17
Subjunctive (Hypothetical statements) - If ...were - subjunctive.
If ... was - wrong.

if (Hypothetical subjunctive) then ( conditional tense ) -
If amit ate pizza tomorrow, he would feel great.
Unlikely case - Future.

if(past perfect) then ( conditional perfect)

if amit had been born in USA,GMAT verbal would have been slightly easier.

if ( a case which never happened in past) - hence the use of conditional perfect after then.

So, on similar terms -
vyassaptarashi wrote:
Try this guys.....

State legislators fear that traffic accidents would be more frequent and severe if the speed limit was increased to 75 mph on rural highways.

(A) would be more frequent and severe if the speed limit was increased. - If was wrong.
(B) would be more frequent and severe were the speed limit to be increased up - wrong usage of limit to be.
(C) would be more frequent and severe were the speed limit increased - Hold
(D) would become more frequent and severe with the speed limit increased - Wrong usage of with.
(E) would become more frequent and severe after the speed limit has increased - Were is missing and after isn't needed.

IMO C.

I believe this will do justice.
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13 Dec 2010, 19:28
I am still having trouble with C is as the answer.

Wouldn't A be the right answer if we replace the "was" with a "were"?

would be more frequent and severe if the speed limit were increased? this would provide subjunctive mood.

With c as it is written it is missing the "if" statement indicating chance. I know were is standing in place of this but the if should be necessary to the statement.
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14 Dec 2010, 08:36
gettinit -
rule 1) the question is in a hypothetical scenario...so that's your first tip that there is a subjunctive mood issue.
Once you identify this rule 2) use "were" as the verb (instead of "was" and "would")
you are left with B and C...
in B..the increased and up are redundant...so eliminate
you are left with C...concise answer
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17 Dec 2010, 19:33
Thanks Amma4, so no need for an "if" with subjunctive mood? I thought it was necessary?
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17 Dec 2010, 20:34
Guys,

please post the source of the question, otherwise it would be temptimg for me to delete the question.
Why? Because there are a lot of sel-made questions from unreliable or third-tier prep companies.
Why it is bad? Becasue you guys doing poor consturcted questions, compromise your future performance on the GMAT.
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20 Dec 2010, 00:20
I sure hope this is a bad question because it doesn't make sense as written.
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10 Jan 2011, 07:14
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10 Jan 2011, 10:49
Increased from ‘x to y’ means that x was increased in one stroke to y . The problem with ‘up to y’ is that it might mean ‘until y', in which case, the increase can be any where between x, the lower Pont and y, the upper point and not exactly y

For example this might be interesting to some. One broadband internet USB modem company advertised that its USB devise can transfer up to a speed of 3 mbps, while in actual, the speed was not even one fourth. When the irate customers questioned the company, the company replied that the advertisement claimed the speed of ‘up to’ 3 mbps, legally meaning that the speed can be anywhere from 0 to 3 mbps.

Can you see the danger of ‘increased up to’, whereas ‘increased to’ is more forthright.
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12 Jan 2011, 09:34
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I sure hope this is a bad question because it doesn't make sense as written.

You are so right. Please, only practice good quality questions.
Low-quality questions have a negative impact on your real GMAT.
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17 Jan 2019, 05:32
vyassaptarashi wrote:
State legislators fear that traffic accidents would be more frequent and severe if the speed limit was increased to 75 mph on rural highways.

(A) would be more frequent and severe if the speed limit was increased
(B) would be more frequent and severe were the speed limit to be increased up
(C) would be more frequent and severe were the speed limit increased
(D) would become more frequent and severe with the speed limit increased
(E) would become more frequent and severe after the speed limit has increased

OPEN DISCUSSION OF THIS QUESTION IS HERE: https://gmatclub.com/forum/state-legisl ... 73358.html
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