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The United States would achieve a 10 percent reduction in gasoline consumption, if Congress will raise fuel economy standards to 31.3 miles per gallon for passenger cars and to 24.5 mpg for light trucks.

A. would achieve a 10 percent reduction in gasoline consumption, if Congress will raise
B. will achieve a 10 percent reduction in gasoline consumption, if Congress were to raise
C. will achieve a 10 percent reduction in gasoline consumption, if Congress will raise
D. would achieve a 10 percent reduction in gasoline consumption, if Congress were to raise
E. would achieve a 10 percent reduction in gasoline consumption, if Congress were raising

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In subjunctive mood of sentences, the sentence should has were and would structure

If something were... , something else would..

Keeping this in mind, I would go with D



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Clearly (D) for subjunctive mood..
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What is mean by subjunctive mood and why option A is wrong....?

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The United States would achieve a 10 percent reduction in gasoline consumption, if Congress will raise[/u] fuel economy standards to 31.3 miles per gallon for passenger cars and to 24.5 mpg for light trucks.

A. would achieve a 10 percent reduction in gasoline consumption, if Congress will raise
B. will achieve a 10 percent reduction in gasoline consumption, if Congress were to raise
C. will achieve a 10 percent reduction in gasoline consumption, if Congress will raise
D. would achieve a 10 percent reduction in gasoline consumption, if Congress were to raise - Correct
E. would achieve a 10 percent reduction in gasoline consumption, if Congress were raising
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Clearly (D) for subjunctive mood..

Subjunctive mood means sentences like

If I were a king, I would marry 1000 wives.

Sentences having "if" something then "would do" something.

Here in the original problem, that's the case.. a subjunctive mood.

The sentence structure demands to have "were" after if and "would" for whatever author wants to do following if.

This is happening in D. We have were and would.

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Only D has a correct pair of IF condition: would (conditional) & were to (subjunctive)
A: would (conditional) & will (future) —> incorrect.
B: will (future) & were to (subjunctive)—> incorrect.
C: will (future) & will (future) —> incorrect.
E: would (conditional) & were raising (past continuous) —> incorrect.
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