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The physician explained that had the patient known the warning signs of cancer, he would have come in earlier for a check-up.

A. had the patient known the warning signs of cancer, he would have come in earlier
B. if the patient had known the warning signs of cancer, he would have come in earlier
C. if the patient knew the warning signs of cancer, he would have come in earlier
D. had the patient known the warning signs of cancer, he would come in earlier
E. if the patient would have known the warning signs of cancer, he would have come in earlier.
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22 Jun 2008, 07:58
gmatcrook wrote:
The physician explained that had the patient known the warning signs of cancer, he would have come in earlier for a check-up.

A. had the patient known the warning signs of cancer, he would have come in earlier
B. if the patient had known the warning signs of cancer, he would have come in earlier
C. if the patient knew the warning signs of cancer, he would have come in earlier
D. had the patient known the warning signs of cancer, he would come in earlier
E. if the patient would have known the warning signs of cancer, he would have come in earlier.

IMO A is correct.
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22 Jun 2008, 08:18
gmatcrook wrote:
The physician explained that had the patient known the warning signs of cancer, he would have come in earlier for a check-up.

A. had the patient known the warning signs of cancer, he would have come in earlier
B. if the patient had known the warning signs of cancer, he would have come in earlier
C. if the patient knew the warning signs of cancer, he would have come in earlier
D. had the patient known the warning signs of cancer, he would come in earlier
E. if the patient would have known the warning signs of cancer, he would have come in earlier.

I am not sure if we can or should use past perfect and present perfect in the same sentence( A, B, D, E)
Even in C, we have the simple past and the present perfect...

I am leaning towards the past/present perfect combo...as the symptoms would be kwown to the patient for a while in the past...and between A and D, (B, C, E has an redundant if)

A..but a very bad bunch...wats the source?
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22 Jun 2008, 09:31
A is the OA.

I picked B. I still haven't understood why B is wrong?
Is it that A is the correct subjunctive form and B is not.
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22 Jun 2008, 12:20
I do not see any wrong with A.
A: it is inverted
B is not wrong but we do not have to revise the original while we have correct one.

Choose A
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