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The state's transportation engineer believes that the planned overpasses would not relieve traffic congestion if access roads are not built along the highway.

A) would not relieve traffic congestion if access roads are not built

B) will not relieve traffic congestion if access roads are not built

C) would not relieve traffic congestion if access roads were not built

D) will not relieve traffic congestion if access roads were not built

E) would not relieve traffic congestion if access roads are not being built


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Answer should be B as will should be used instead of would

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IMO B

If clause (present tense) -> Main clause (Will, shall, should,etc)
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If clause (past tense) -> Main clause (Would,could,etc)

Since the non-underlined part is in present tense, prefer to have the underlined part of ''If clause'' in same present tense with the main clause having the word ''will''.

The state's transportation engineer believes that the planned overpasses would not relieve traffic congestion if access roads are not built along the highway.

A) would not relieve traffic congestion if access roads are not built
would, are - mismatch

B) will not relieve traffic congestion if access roads are not built
correct

C) would not relieve traffic congestion if access roads were not built
Need present tense rather than past ''were''

D) will not relieve traffic congestion if access roads were not built
will, were - mismatch

E) would not relieve traffic congestion if access roads are not being built
would, are - mismatch
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The state's transportation engineer believes that the planned overpasses would not relieve traffic congestion if access roads are not built along the highway.

Meaning:
1. The state transportation engineer believes
2. that the planned overpasses would not relieve traffic congestion
3. if access roads are not built along the highway

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Clear conditionals question.

Engineer believes if access roads are not built planned overpasses will not relieve traffic congestion.

First conditional - possible or likely situations in the future.
There is no hypothetical or imaginary situations.

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A) would not relieve traffic congestion if access roads are not built

B) will not relieve traffic congestion if access roads are not built

C) would not relieve traffic congestion if access roads were not built
(grammatically correct but violates intended meaning)

D) will not relieve traffic congestion if access roads were not built

E) would not relieve traffic congestion if access roads are not being built

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The state's transportation engineer believes that the planned overpasses would not relieve traffic congestion if access roads are not built along the highway.

A) would not relieve traffic congestion if access roads are not built

B) will not relieve traffic congestion if access roads are not built

C) would not relieve traffic congestion if access roads were not built

D) will not relieve traffic congestion if access roads were not built

E) would not relieve traffic congestion if access roads are not being built




My reasoning:

A) Since the transportation engineer BELIEVES, we need WILL to indicate a future conditional tense. Would is wrong in this case, however if the sentence had said "the engineer believed X", would could be properly used.

B) CORRECT. Will indicates future tense, and ARE is the present tense that matches the tense of WILL.

C) Incorrect for usage of WOULD

D) Incorrect because if something WILL happen, we cannot use past tense WERE.

E) Same as A.
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Official Explanation :

Choice (A) displays an illegal shift in verb tense, and happens to be a conditional statement, too. If the conditional verb is in simple present tense, then the result verb must be in simple present or will + base verb, i.e., will (not) relieve. The engineer believes that something will happen in the future if another condition occurs, but the underlined portions in option (A), (C), and (E) use would not relieve, a past tense verb.

Choice D uses if . . . were built. That construction (1) does not fit the Type 1 conditional (possible present/future condition and its probable result); and (2) the verb does not make sense with the non-underlined portion. The correct answer is (B).
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