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# V08-18

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04 Aug 2015, 09:36
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According to Alistair Maclean’s novel, the invincible mountainous terrain of Navarone in the sea of Aegean was of utmost military importance to the German throughout the Second World war, because they realized that, if they did not exploit its strategic location, their survival against the indomitable naval might of the British was always in peril.

A. if they did not exploit its strategic location, their survival against the indomitable naval might of the British was always in peril
B. if they did not exploit its strategic location, their survival against the indomitable naval might of the British could be liable to be in peril
C. if they did not exploit its strategic location, their survival against the indomitable naval might of the British would be always in peril
D. if they were not to exploit its strategic location, their survival against the indomitable naval might of the British was always in peril
E. their survival against the indomitable naval might of the British was always in peril, should they fail to exploit its strategic location

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04 Aug 2015, 09:36
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According to Alistair Maclean’s novel, the invincible mountainous terrain of Navarone in the sea of Aegean was of utmost military importance to the German throughout the Second World war, because they realized that, if they did not exploit its strategic location, their survival against the indomitable naval might of the British was always in peril.

A. if they did not exploit its strategic location, their survival against the indomitable naval might of the British was always in peril
B. if they did not exploit its strategic location, their survival against the indomitable naval might of the British could be liable to be in peril
C. if they did not exploit its strategic location, their survival against the indomitable naval might of the British would be always in peril
D. if they were not to exploit its strategic location, their survival against the indomitable naval might of the British was always in peril
E. their survival against the indomitable naval might of the British was always in peril, should they fail to exploit its strategic location

A. The conditional and the main clause are in the same tense; the main sentence should be in the future modal.

B. ''could be liable to be'' is redundant and awful.

C. Correct choice with the conditional clause in simple past, and the main clause in future modal.

D. Correct subjunctive is “were they not to exploit" and not "if they were not to". Secondly, this is no hypothetical wish; so not an apt choice for subjunctive use.

E. 'Should’ is used in the place of 'if'. Normally it denotes some future happening. Hence, the main clause cannot be in the past tense, logically.

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18 Jan 2016, 17:18
I think this is a poor-quality question and I don't agree with the explanation. "Aegean Sea", not "sea of Aegean"
"Germans", not "German"
third answer choice (C), "if" not "If"
also third choice, I think "would always be" is a better wording than "would be always"
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22 Jun 2016, 00:22
souvik101990, as far as I understand, we can use "if simple past ... then simple past" if the second part states a fact. Example:
"If Sam played with his toy, it was his remote controlled airplane." In this case when there is uncertainty we should use would+verb.

Why can't we use simple past here? The second part of the sentence looks like a fact.
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22 Jun 2016, 02:50
manlog wrote:
souvik101990, as far as I understand, we can use "if simple past ... then simple past" if the second part states a fact. Example:
"If Sam played with his toy, it was his remote controlled airplane." In this case when there is uncertainty we should use would+verb.

Why can't we use simple past here? The second part of the sentence looks like a fact.

egmat plz help, i too have same doubt
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30 Jun 2016, 05:28
manlog wrote:
souvik101990, as far as I understand, we can use "if simple past ... then simple past" if the second part states a fact. Example:
"If Sam played with his toy, it was his remote controlled airplane." In this case when there is uncertainty we should use would+verb.

Why can't we use simple past here? The second part of the sentence looks like a fact.

sharma123 wrote:
egmat plz help, i too have same doubt

The IF ....THEN.... construction here is not a general rule (what you referred to as "fact"), but an event that would (or would not) occur in future with respect to the verb "realize". Even if it were a general rule, the contruction would be IF simple present THEN simple present ( even though the rule is stated in the past).

Here "realised" (verb A) is simple past, and the verb "to be" (verb B) is in future with respect to verb A. Thus "would", which is the past form of future "will" is required.

I said that I went there.... wrong
I said that I would go there... right ( I intend to convey that the verb "would go" would occur in the future of the verb "said")
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19 Mar 2017, 12:44
May I ask, is there a reason for the "I" in "if" in the Choice C to be capitalized?
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19 Mar 2017, 18:59
cyy12345 wrote:
May I ask, is there a reason for the "I" in "if" in the Choice C to be capitalized?

It is a typographical error - corrected in the question database.
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30 Jan 2018, 11:02
hi,
can anyone explain me the difference for 'would be always' and 'would always be'.
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