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Were it not for the fusion-powered heat and radiation that rush from its core, instead its own weight would cause a star to collapse.

(A) instead its own weight would cause a star to collapse

(B) instead a star would have collapsed under its own weight

(C) a star would have to be collapsing under its own weight

(D) a star would collapse under its own weight

(E) its own weight would have caused a star’s collapse
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New post 19 Sep 2010, 08:34
The use of instead seems wrong here. Ruling out A & B

C : "would have to be collapsing" is incorrect

D : straight forward and concise

E : The statement is wordy, also "its" cannot relate to star as star is in a possessive form "star's collpase" and not "star"
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Were it not for the fusion-powered heat and radiation that rush from its core, instead its own weight would cause a star to collapse.
A. instead its own weight would cause a star to collapse
B. instead a star would have collapsed under its own weight
C. a star would have to be collapsing under its own weight
D. a star would collapse under its own weight
E. its own weight would have caused a star’s collapse

This is a form of if construction and sets up a hypothetical condition. This construction requires would.

If I were rich I would donate money to charity.

This leaves us with options C&D. would have to be is wrong construction.

Correct option D
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New post 19 Sep 2010, 10:04
IMO E.

Since "were it not.." starts the sentence, use of instead will be redundant. Hence, Option A and B are out.
Now, to make the sentence parallel, we have to start the second part we have to use "its own weight..".

Hence, I would go with E.
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New post 19 Sep 2010, 11:44
2:3 split. the subject is the star so it should be followed. C sounds weird and doesnt make much sense. D
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D, straight forward, nothing else makes sense
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"its core" modifies the star.. and hence down to C and D..
D is uncomplicated and conveys the meaning straight!
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Were it not for the fusion-powered heat and radiation that rush from its core, instead its own weight would cause a star to collapse.

(A) instead its own weight would cause a star to collapse

(B) instead a star would have collapsed under its own weight

(C) a star would have to be collapsing under its own weight

(D) a star would collapse under its own weight

(E) its own weight would have caused a star’s collapse


This question can be solved by the If then case

If .... were...., then ..... would

If the sky were to fall, then we would all be dead

can also be written as

Were the sky to fall, we would all be dead.

so D

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