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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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I picked C. I am not sure, but am I right that the construction "If.... was" is not correct?
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+1 for C.

(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 --> Correct, Hypothetical situation - "would ...... were" preferred

(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

Hence, C.
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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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This sentence contains one of those if constructions that require the subjunctive. You'll be able to spot them by looking for if/then sentences that have would in the then-clause. So, if you altered the order of this sentence, it would read, If the speed limit were increased, (then) traffic accidents would be.... The would be tips you off to the need for were rather than was in the if-clause. Knowing that the initial was needs to become were enables you to eliminate (A), (D), and (E). (C) defeats (B) because increased is far more succinct and clear than to be increased up to.
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