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# If the new department store would open by Thanksgiving, it will be

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This question is part of the GMAT Club Sentence Correction : Verb Tense Revision Project.

If the new department store would open by Thanksgiving, it will be attracting many holiday shoppers.

A. would open by Thanksgiving, it will be attracting

B. would be opened by Thanksgiving, it would be able to attract

C. was opening by Thanksgiving, it would be able to attract

D. was to open by Thanksgiving, it also will attract

E. opens before Thanksgiving, it will attract

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07 Mar 2015, 01:32
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This question is part of the GMAT Club Sentence Correction : Verb Tense Revision Project.

If the new department store would open by Thanksgiving, it will be attracting many holiday shoppers.

A. would open by Thanksgiving, it will be attracting

B. would be opened by Thanksgiving, it would be able to attract

C. was opening by Thanksgiving, it would be able to attract

D. was to open by Thanksgiving, it also will attract

E. opens before Thanksgiving, it will attract

+1 for E. Present tense to be used with 'will'
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07 Mar 2015, 07:55
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If the new department store would open by Thanksgiving, it will be attracting many holiday shoppers.

A. would open by Thanksgiving, it will be attracting

B. would be opened by Thanksgiving, it would be able to attract

C. was opening by Thanksgiving, it would be able to attract

D. was to open by Thanksgiving, it also will attract

E. opens before Thanksgiving, it will attract

the question tests us for use of if clause...

if clause can never have would in it
if the second clause has will in it , if clause will have present tense
only E follows the two rules so ans E
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07 Mar 2015, 10:04
If X happens, Y will happen.

Only E conforms with this conditional structure.
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07 Mar 2015, 12:15
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If ( simple past), then (simple past or would- verb) --> does this construction make sense ?

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If ( simple past), then (simple past or would- verb) --> does this construction make sense ?

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hi SG,
there are three possiblities of if clause...
1)
type------------- if-clause ---------- main clause
1----------- Simple Present---------- will-future
2----------- Simple Past--------- would + infinitive
3----------- Past Perfect--------- would + have + past participle
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08 Mar 2015, 05:39
E is the best answer. if it opens, something will happen.
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24 Mar 2015, 21:43
I also chose E. But why is C wrong? Does it not conform to:
If [hypothetical subjunctive], then [conditional (would)] + verb

The only reasoning against C I can think of is that instead of "was", "were" should have been used.
Is there something else wrong with C (perhaps a change of meaning that I'm neglecting)?
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I also chose E. But why is C wrong? Does it not conform to:
If [hypothetical subjunctive], then [conditional (would)] + verb

The only reasoning against C I can think of is that instead of "was", "were" should have been used.
Is there something else wrong with C (perhaps a change of meaning that I'm neglecting)?

I don't think we can look at it as a hypothetical situation.
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Updated on: 20 Sep 2018, 03:37
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One problem with this sentence is that the first clause of an “if x, then y” sentence should not contain the conditional verb “would”. The other problem is that the tense of the second clause is incorrect. This is an “if x, then y” sentence in which the first clause concerns a possible future event, and the second clause concerns a predicted consequence of that event. The first clause should therefore be in the present tense, and the second clause should be in the simple future tense (“it will attract”).

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) The first clause of this version is incorrect because: (1) it still contains "would", and (2) there is no good reason to use the passive voice ("be opened") here. The second clause is incorrect because it changes the meaning of the sentence by saying that the store would merely "be able to" attract holiday shoppers.

(C) "If it was opening" is always incorrect. For a possible future event in an "if" clause, you should normally use the present tense and the indicative mood: "If it opens". [If you wanted to indicate skepticism about the possibility that the store will open, you could use the subjunctive mood. But the correct way to do that would be to say "If it opened" or "If it were to open" or "If it were opening".] The second clause of this sentence is also incorrect, as explained in (B).

(D) "If it was to open" is always incorrect. As noted for (C), you should normally say "If it opens". [If you wanted to change the meaning of the sentence, which is not a good idea in sentence correction problems, you could use the subjunctive mood. But the correct way to do that would be to say "If it opened" or "If it were to open" or "If it were opening".] In the second clause, "also" is unnecessary and somewhat illogical. The action in the second clause will happen, if it happens at all, as a later result of what happens in the first clause. The word "also" contains a suggestion of simultaneity that is inappropriate in this context.

(E) CORRECT. We now have a correct “if x, then y” sentence, in which the first clause is in the present tense and the second clause is in the simple future tense.
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If the new department store would open by Thanksgiving, it will be attracting many holiday shoppers.

A. would open by Thanksgiving-conditional future, it will be attracting- certainty So, wrong

B. would be opened by Thanksgiving- conditional future, it would be able to attract-uncerainty

C. was opening by Thanksgiving- if past progressive, it would be able to attract-then conditional wrong

D. was to open by Thanksgiving--if hypothetical subjunctive, it also will attract-then future with certainty. wrong

E. opens before Thanksgiving-present, it will attract-future certainty Correct
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