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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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Originally posted by Legendaddy on 07 Sep 2012, 09:19.
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New post 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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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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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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Legendaddy 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


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You can say “It was inevitable that I would miss my bus.”But you can’t say “It was inevitable of me to miss my bus.”You need “that.”(B) says that it’s “inevitable” that the Senate had approved the proposals, past tense. But something that’s already happened can’t be said to be inevitable.
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New post 31 Oct 2018, 19:45
Will someone pls suggest what exactly pronoun "it" refers out here.

It looks like it is referring to clause "the Senate would approve the president???s energy ", but ideally pronoun can't refer to a clause.

WIll someone pls clarify.
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