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# Unsurprisingly, commitment in the team was low but it was also evident

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Unsurprisingly, commitment in the team was low but it was also evident that a lot of activity in the team
did not align with the project's objectives, and would have been challenged if the team were aware of the
project's purpose.

A. Unsurprisingly, commitment in the team was low but it was also evident that a lot of activity in the team
did not align with the project's objectives, and would have been challenged if the team were aware of the
project's purpose.

B. It was evident that a lot of activity in the team did not align with the project's objectives, and would have
been challenged if the team was aware of the project's purpose when, unsurprisingly, commitment in the
team was low.

C. Surprisingly, it was evident that a lot of activity in the team did not align with the project's objectives, and
would have been challenged if the team were aware of the project's purpose when, unsurprisingly, commitment
in the team was low.

D. Unsurprisingly, commitment in the team was low but it was also evident that a lot of activity in the team did
not align with the project's objectives, and would have been challenged if the team had been aware of the
project's purpose.

E. Unsurprisingly, commitment in the team was low but it was also evident that a lot of activity in the team did
not align with the project's objectives, and would have been challenged if the team was aware of the project's
purpose.

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01 Jul 2018, 01:32
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A. Unsurprisingly, commitment in the team was low but it was also evident that a lot of activity in the team
did not align with the project's objectives, and would have been challenged if the team were aware of the
project's purpose.

B. It was evident that a lot of activity in the team did not align with the project's objectives, and would have
been challenged if the team was aware of the project's purpose when, unsurprisingly, commitment in the
team was low.

C. Surprisingly, it was evident that a lot of activity in the team did not align with the project's objectives, and
would have been challenged if the team were aware of the project's purpose when, unsurprisingly, commitment
in the team was low.

D. Unsurprisingly, commitment in the team was low but it was also evident that a lot of activity in the team did
not align with the project's objectives, and would have been challenged if the team had been aware of the
project's purpose.
( IMO this option is correct correct usage of past subjuntive

E. Unsurprisingly, commitment in the team was low but it was also evident that a lot of activity in the team did
not align with the project's objectives, and would have been challenged if the team was aware of the project's
purpose.
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01 Jul 2018, 04:34
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Unsurprisingly, commitment in the team was low but it was also evident that a lot of activity in the team
did not align with the project's objectives, and would have been challenged if the team were aware of the
project's purpose.

A. Unsurprisingly, commitment in the team was low but it was also evident that a lot of activity in the team
did not align with the project's objectives, and would have been challenged if the team were aware of the
project's purpose.

B. It was evident that a lot of activity in the team did not align with the project's objectives, and would have
been challenged if the team was aware of the project's purpose when, unsurprisingly, commitment in the
team was low.

C. Surprisingly, it was evident that a lot of activity in the team did not align with the project's objectives, and
would have been challenged if the team were aware of the project's purpose when, unsurprisingly, commitment
in the team was low.

D. Unsurprisingly, commitment in the team was low but it was also evident that a lot of activity in the team did
not align with the project's objectives, and would have been challenged if the team had been aware of the
project's purpose.

E. Unsurprisingly, commitment in the team was low but it was also evident that a lot of activity in the team did
not align with the project's objectives, and would have been challenged if the team was aware of the project's
purpose.

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Entire question hinges on if the team were/was/had been aware....
What is this If team .... Is hypothetical and so WERE is correct..

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01 Jul 2018, 05:04
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IMO A.

Only A uses subjunctive correctly.

D has sequencing error (would + had been) and E uses subjunctive incorrectly (would + was).
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01 Jul 2018, 14:31
Hi chetan2u

1. How the usage of "would have been" is justified without past perfect in the if-clause? Usually we use "would"
2. Since it in "it was also evident" playse role of placeholder pronoun, shouldn't "but" preceded by COMMA as independent clause usually does?
There is no logic to belive that "it" refers to "commitment" rather than to the whole action "commitment in the team was low".

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27 Oct 2018, 03:34
Why not D ?
If would have v3 , ... had + v3 >> the correct usage ???

Please explain

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27 Oct 2018, 03:41
Experts please throw some light on this team was/were predicament. I'm still confused on the right answer
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27 Oct 2018, 05:43
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ajaykv - if clause is presenting an imaginary situation. This will come under subjunctive mood. Lets take an example.
If I were president of this country, I would have made everyone in this country rich.

This one is presenting an imaginary situation and expressed in this format. Only A followed this construction. To know more about SM

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-gram ... ive-tense/
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27 Oct 2018, 10:20
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Unsurprisingly, commitment in the team was low but it was also evident that a lot of activity in the team
did not align with the project's objectives, and would have been challenged if the team were aware of the
project's purpose.

A. Unsurprisingly, commitment in the team was low but it was also evident that a lot of activity in the team
did not align with the project's objectives, and would have been challenged if the team were aware of the
project's purpose. CORRECT

B. It was evident that a lot of activity in the team did not align with the project's objectives, and would have
been challenged if the team was aware of the project's purpose when, unsurprisingly, commitment in the team was low.: Was : To describe a situation which is contrary to the fact, we use subjunctive form of were. Other error : In the original sentence , projects's purpose means projects's purpose in general. This option means project's purpose for a specific condition, i.e. project's purpose when commitment is low.

C. Surprisingly, it was evident that a lot of activity in the team did not align with the project's objectives, and
would have been challenged if the team were aware of the project's purpose when, unsurprisingly, commitment
in the team was low.
: Error same as in 2nd error in B.

D. Unsurprisingly, commitment in the team was low but it was also evident that a lot of activity in the team did
not align with the project's objectives, and would have been challenged if the team had been a ware of the
project's purpose.: Error same in 1st error of B

E. Unsurprisingly, commitment in the team was low but it was also evident that a lot of activity in the team did
not align with the project's objectives, and would have been challenged if the team was aware of the project's : Same error as in D
purpose.
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27 Oct 2018, 10:24
The sentence uses " a lot of activity". IMO : it should be "a lot of activities" Experts, am I right , here ! Plz help.
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29 Oct 2018, 01:25
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I thought would+have+v3 only comes with had+v3.

Am I correct?
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18 Mar 2019, 17:14
Why isn't D correct?
I googled if were vs if had been, and found that

Quote:
"If I were you" refers to a general hypothetical situation, that of me being in your position.
"If I had been you" refers only to a hypothetical situation at a particular time in the past. The meaning is, "If I had been in your shoes at that time".

Is 'if had been' not grammatically correct in gmat? The situational meaning behind the idiom definitely works in this question, since the creation of a project happens in a situation, and the formation of a team is also situational, so using 'had been' would've been more specific
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09 Apr 2019, 01:01
Please explain why D is not correct.

If I had enough money, I would have bought Taj Mahal:

I don't think that this is an incorrect sentence; However, one can doubt my intention to do so.
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27 Apr 2019, 07:02
rupeshnverbal wrote:
Please explain why D is not correct.

If I had enough money, I would have bought Taj Mahal:

I don't think that this is an incorrect sentence; However, one can doubt my intention to do so.

It is not an incorrect sentence. (Here had means got, which is Simple Past so-If Clause Simple Past, then clause Simple Past/would.)
If I had enough money, I would buy the Taj Mahal.

But it would have been perfect if it says, If I had had enough money, I would have bought the Taj Mahal.

'Past perfect" in if clause takes "would have" in then clause.

Option D says "would have XXX", but the if clause doesn't seem to be past perfect. Had been aware seems that they were aware for sometime.
Hypothetical subjunctive seems to be the right fit here. So D is incorrect.

-my understanding.
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D is the only possible answer to this question. For a PAST hypothetical, we need "If x HAD happened, Y WOULD HAVE happened." We would use "If the team WERE aware" for a present or future hypothetical.
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31 Aug 2019, 20:58
From a new user:
So the correct is D as DmitryFarber says?
How do we go about changing the answer?
What is the source of this question?
Thanks!
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30 Nov 2019, 12:40
GMATNinjaTwo,
The text is actually from a book: "Achieving Software Quality Through Teamwork
By Isabel Evans"
Is there a way to change the OA or to note that the question is of low quality? What is the procedure?
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