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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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15 Aug 2018, 01:19
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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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15 Aug 2018, 04:09
+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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Bunuel 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

KAPLAN OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

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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17 Jan 2019, 19:55
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This is an excerpt from the new york times: "The National Association of Large Distribution Businesses, known as Anged, appealed to the Supreme Court in Madrid, which then asked the Court of Justice for a ruling on how to apply European law covering working times."

Here the relative pronoun “which” is sensibly modifying “Supreme Court” even though it is preceded by a noun entity “Madrid”. Is this modification correct and valid in GMAT ?
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17 Jan 2019, 20:38
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This is an excerpt from the new york times: "The National Association of Large Distribution Businesses, known as Anged, appealed to the Supreme Court in Madrid, which then asked the Court of Justice for a ruling on how to apply European law covering working times."

Here the relative pronoun “which” is sensibly modifying “Supreme Court” even though it is preceded by a noun entity “Madrid”. Is this modification correct and valid in GMAT ?

Yes it is correct in GMAT.

Check below example from OG, correct answer is E.

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Emily Dickinson’s letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and ending shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, outnumbering her letters to anyone else.

(A) Dickinson were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and ending shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, outnumbering

(B) Dickinson were written over a period that begins a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and ended shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, outnumber

(C) Dickinson, written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and that ends shortly before Emily’s death in 1886 and outnumbering

(D) Dickinson, which were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother, ending shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, and outnumbering

(E) Dickinson, which were written over a period beginning a few years before Susan’s marriage to Emily’s brother and ending shortly before Emily’s death in 1886, outnumber

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28 Mar 2020, 02:38
Bunuel 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

option split - would be v/s would become.

"would become" is wordy so eliminate D and E.

Since the concern is by the State Legislators (authoritative figure) - calls for subjunctive mood.

A and B eliminate - incorrect use of subjunctive mood.

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