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# The city of Montreal spends a large portion of its annual budget on th

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The city of Montreal spends a large portion of its annual budget on the construction of tourist attractions such as amusement parks, even if it is by no means certain that the construction of tourist attractions increases revenue from tourism.

(A) even if it is by no means certain that the construction of tourist attractions increases

(B) even if the city is by no means certain that the construction of tourist attractions will increase

(C) even if there is no certainty that the construction of tourist attractions increases

(D) even though the city is by no means certain that the construction of tourist attractions increases

(E) though there is no certainty as to the construction of tourist attractions increasing

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17 Sep 2018, 07:03
Tough one sir !

I think D should be the answer. Here is my reasoning.

Meaning - This city spends alot in certain direction, Still they dont know if this investment will be fruitful or not.

(A) even if it is by no means certain that the construction of tourist attractions --- it is not referring to any noun.

(B) even if the city is by no means certain that the construction of tourist attractions will increase --- So more like this one is introducing a condition. Also some thing seems incomplete.

(C) even if there is no certainty that the construction of tourist attractions increases ---- same error as in B

(D) even though the city is by no means certain that the construction of tourist attractions increases --- Ah i was looking for change of tone. correct meaning. Grammatically seems perfect.

(E) though there is no certainty as to the construction of tourist attractions increasing---- change of tone is present. "as to" part is not good. -ing is not not working good.

D is best of the lot.
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17 Sep 2018, 08:07
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1+ B
Meaning :- though city is spending a lot on the construction of tourist attraction but there is no certanity that it (construction) will increase revenue from tourism.
If revenue is going to be increased it is going to happen in future not in present time.
All 4 sentences are in present tense ( increases)

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The city of Montreal spends a large portion of its annual budget on the construction of tourist attractions such as amusement parks, even if it is by no means certain that the construction of tourist attractions increases revenue from tourism.

(A) even if it is by no means certain that the construction of tourist attractions increases

(B) even if the city is by no means certain that the construction of tourist attractions will increase

(C) even if there is no certainty that the construction of tourist attractions increases

(D) even though the city is by no means certain that the construction of tourist attractions increases

(E) though there is no certainty as to the construction of tourist attractions increasing

I will go with D
*Even though* gives a clear contrast where as *Even If* gives condition so i ruled out A, B and C
The non-underline part gives a general information about what the city specifically do, it spends a large portion of budget on construction tourists attractions so using future tense isn't mandatory as given in B....D using right tense
the other split is "there is no certainty" and "the city is by no means certain" I believe later is more clear as we know the subject (city)
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17 Sep 2018, 12:51
IMO D.

The sentence wants to convey that the city is spending so much, even though it is not certain that the revenues will come. We need a contrast word and not conditional. Only D fits.
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18 Sep 2018, 01:40
Bunuel wrote:
The city of Montreal spends a large portion of its annual budget on the construction of tourist attractions such as amusement parks, even if it is by no means certain that the construction of tourist attractions increases revenue from tourism.

(A) even if it is by no means certain that the construction of tourist attractions increases

(B) even if the city is by no means certain that the construction of tourist attractions will increase

(C) even if there is no certainty that the construction of tourist attractions increases

(D) even though the city is by no means certain that the construction of tourist attractions increases

(E) though there is no certainty as to the construction of tourist attractions increasing

MANHATTAN REVIEW OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

The sentence introduces a contrast. Although x is not certain, Montreal does y. This contrast is not as easy to see if the phrase ‘even if’ is used. Eliminate A, B and C. The use of the future in B changes the meaning. E is not idiomatically correct. Choice D is the correct answer.
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