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# The ground swell of public opinion made it inevitable that

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The ground swell of public opinion made it inevitable that the Senate would approve the president’s energy proposals.
(A) it inevitable that the Senate would approve
(B) it inevitable that the Senate had approved
(C) it inevitable of the Senate to approve
(D) inevitable the approval of the Senate of
(E) the approval of the Senate inevitable of

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07 Sep 2012, 10:58
My pick is A.

However, if there were an option like:

it inevitable that the Senate approve

I would have picked that, because the sentence seems to be in the subjunctive mood ("inevitable that").

I would appreciate others' opinion on this option.
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07 Sep 2012, 11:21
rakesh.id wrote:
My pick is A.

However, if there were an option like:

it inevitable that the Senate approve

I would have picked that, because the sentence seems to be in the subjunctive mood ("inevitable that").

I would appreciate others' opinion on this option.

I am very much confused on the subjunctive sentences. Kindly elaborate on this matter.
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07 Sep 2012, 11:53
Hi jitgoel,

Have you gone through Chap. 7 of MGMAT SC Guide (5th ed.), which explains the two types of Subjunctive moods that GMAT tests - Hypothetical Subjunctive and Command Subjunctive? If you haven't, I suggest that you go through it. And if you have, let me know about your specific doubts I'll try to clarify.

In the sentence in your question, the word "inevitable" makes me suspect that the sentence may be in the Command Subjunctive mood, in which case the verb will be in its simple form, that is, approve, irrespective of the subject.

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07 Sep 2012, 13:50
rakesh.id wrote:
Hi jitgoel,

Have you gone through Chap. 7 of MGMAT SC Guide (5th ed.), which explains the two types of Subjunctive moods that GMAT tests - Hypothetical Subjunctive and Command Subjunctive? If you haven't, I suggest that you go through it. And if you have, let me know about your specific doubts I'll try to clarify.

In the sentence in your question, the word "inevitable" makes me suspect that the sentence may be in the Command Subjunctive mood, in which case the verb will be in its simple form, that is, approve, irrespective of the subject.

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So how do you figure out whether a question is testing you on the use of the Subjunctive mood? Here are a couple of tips:

1. Check for words such as 'if', 'wish', etc. Though these can also be
used in the other moods, they are most commonly tested on the
subjunctive mood.
2. Ask yourself if the sentence is talking about an uncertainty, a wish,
a suggestion, a demand, etc. If it is,most likely you are dealing with
the subjunctive mood.

Perhaps A is correct for other reasons but It doesn't seem conjunctive. If yes please clarify
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07 Sep 2012, 14:19
This sentence is not an example of the subjunctive mood. This mood is used, amongst other things, to express a desire or issue a command.

Ex. 1) The government demanded that he pay the fee.

Notice how the verb 'pay' is not in the 'pays' form, the way you would expect with the 3rd. person singular pronoun 'he.' This grammatical form is indicates the subjunctive mood. Now let's look at another sentence:

Ex. 2) The Senate approves the President's bill.

Notice how there is no desire or command expressed with 'approve.' Likewise the sentence, 'the Senate would approve' is not in the subjunctive mood. (Really the only way to make it so is by coming up with a weird sentence, such as 'The President demanded that the Senate approve the bill'...I don't think the U.S. government has become that contentious ).
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07 Sep 2012, 14:23
Chris I thought in the same way.

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23 Apr 2013, 14:36
The ground swell of public opinion made it inevitable that the Senate would approve the president’s energy proposals.
(A) it inevitable that the Senate would approve
(B) it inevitable that the Senate had approved
(C) it inevitable of the Senate to approve
(D) inevitable the approval of the Senate of
(E) the approval of the Senate inevitable of

Need every option`s explanation............
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23 Apr 2013, 17:22
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The ground swell of public opinion made it inevitable that the Senate would approve the president’s energy proposals.
(A) it inevitable that the Senate would approve
(B) it inevitable that the Senate had approved
(C) it inevitable of the Senate to approve
(D) inevitable the approval of the Senate of
(E) the approval of the Senate inevitable of

Correct idiom is: made it inevitable that X would approve Y. "It" here properly refers to "approve".

(A) it inevitable that the Senate would approve >>> CORRECT
(B) it inevitable that the Senate had approved >>> WRONG. change meaning
(C) it inevitable of the Senate to approve >>> WRONG. "made it inevitable of X to do Y" is unidiomatic.
(D) inevitable the approval of the Senate of >>> WRONG idiom.
(E) the approval of the Senate inevitable of >>> WRONG idiom.
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19 Nov 2013, 14:55
Got lost in this one, my answer was E, but thanks to ChrisLele I now know why I was wrong.

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19 Nov 2013, 21:13
pqhai wrote:
The ground swell of public opinion made it inevitable that the Senate would approve the president’s energy proposals.
(A) it inevitable that the Senate would approve
(B) it inevitable that the Senate had approved
(C) it inevitable of the Senate to approve
(D) inevitable the approval of the Senate of
(E) the approval of the Senate inevitable of

Correct idiom is: made it inevitable that X would approve Y. "It" here properly refers to "approve".

(A) it inevitable that the Senate would approve >>> CORRECT
(B) it inevitable that the Senate had approved >>> WRONG. change meaning
(C) it inevitable of the Senate to approve >>> WRONG. "made it inevitable of X to do Y" is unidiomatic.
(D) inevitable the approval of the Senate of >>> WRONG idiom.
(E) the approval of the Senate inevitable of >>> WRONG idiom.

Hello Pqhai,

In A, the use of would expresses some sort of uncertainty. I think the sentence would have been better if "will" was used.
The only reason I chose E here is that the sentence shows certainty of the event.

also can "it" be used for approve as "would approve" is a verb for that clause with subject the senate. Moreover the it here ma stand for "the approval" but there is no mention of the term in the sentence

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03 Dec 2013, 22:16
WoundedTiger wrote:
pqhai wrote:
The ground swell of public opinion made it inevitable that the Senate would approve the president’s energy proposals.
(A) it inevitable that the Senate would approve
(B) it inevitable that the Senate had approved
(C) it inevitable of the Senate to approve
(D) inevitable the approval of the Senate of
(E) the approval of the Senate inevitable of

Correct idiom is: made it inevitable that X would approve Y. "It" here properly refers to "approve".

(A) it inevitable that the Senate would approve >>> CORRECT
(B) it inevitable that the Senate had approved >>> WRONG. change meaning
(C) it inevitable of the Senate to approve >>> WRONG. "made it inevitable of X to do Y" is unidiomatic.
(D) inevitable the approval of the Senate of >>> WRONG idiom.
(E) the approval of the Senate inevitable of >>> WRONG idiom.

Hello Pqhai,

In A, the use of would expresses some sort of uncertainty. I think the sentence would have been better if "will" was used.
The only reason I chose E here is that the sentence shows certainty of the event.

also can "it" be used for approve as "would approve" is a verb for that clause with subject the senate. Moreover the it here may stand for "the approval" but there is no mention of the term in the sentence

Any takers ?????
I still feel E is better option.

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03 Dec 2013, 23:53
Use of the conditional "would approve" shows a possibility...not certainity,rest of the options b,c,d,e all change the meaning so they are wrong.
is correct.
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04 Jun 2015, 04:09
I feel correct Idiom is Approve of
which in none where to be used.
Kindly somebody explain the OA
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