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25 Jun 2015, 14:01
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20 Jul 2015, 06:52
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Problem here in C is the misplaced modifier ‘only. Normally, the limiting adverb ‘only’ modifies an action that follows it. In this thread –only- modifies the verb of teaching in A and B; whereas in C it modifies the course, which changes the meaning, that the students will take it, if is not taught as a course but as something else such as in a symposium or seminar.
With regard to course required separately, the adverb tends to modify the noun –course-; and modifying a noun is not the function of an adverb; an adverb can only modify a verb or adjective. If it were --separate required course --, then it will be ok, since the adverb –separately- now modifies the adjective required.

In C, the term required is not a verb; it is past participle and adjective modifying the noun -course-.

"I'll refer only GMAC approved study material". Is the sentence correct? If yes, then here a noun follows only.

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20 Jul 2015, 08:28
Amit.

"I'll refer only GMAC approved study material". Is the sentence correct? If yes, then here a noun follows only.

In your example. only modifies not GMAC but 'GMAC- approved' -- in fact, it would be better to hyphenate it as I have done. Therefore,'Gmac-approved" is an adjective, which is what only modifies. You may see that even the noun study acts as an adjective in this case. The real noun, namely, material is fr away from the adverb , 'only'; Hope this clarifies.
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31 Aug 2015, 22:52
asdert wrote:
While some academicians believe that business ethics should be integrated into every business course, others say that students will take ethics seriously only if it would be taught as a separately required course.

A) only if it would be taught as a separately required course
B) only if it is taught as a separate, required course
C) if it is taught only as a course required separately
D) if it was taught only as a separate and required course
E) if it would only be taught as a required course, separately

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Can someone explain why the adverb 'separately' in C is wrong? Thanks!

Source: OG Verbal review, Q78.

From the sentence, we can infer that the 'if clause' is a REAL condition. For real condition, when the 'RESULT' clause is in future (will take seriously), the 'if clause' must be in simple present tense. So only B is correct. Had the condition been an UNREAL condition, then 'will take seriously' change to 'would take seriously' and 'it is taught' to 'it were taught'.

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22 Sep 2016, 18:14
SPLIT1) Y will (FUTURE) happen (main clause) only if X (PRESENT) happens (subordinate clause) THIS IS A CONDITIONAL CONSTRUCTION, A, D AND E ARE OUT.

SPLIT2) "ONLY" IS A MISPLACED MODIFIER BECAUSE "ONLY" MODIFIES THE ACTION THAT FOLLOWS IT, IN A AND B "ONLY" IS MODIFYING THE WORD TEACHING, IN C "ONLY" IS MODIFYING THE WORD "COURSE". THIS CHANGES THE MEANING OF THE WHOLE SENTENCES. C IS OUT.

SPLIT3) "A COURSE REQUIRED SEPARATELY" IS WEIRD, C IS OUT.

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07 Jan 2017, 09:16
While some academicians believe that business ethics should be integrated into every business course, others say that students will take ethics seriously only if it would be taught as a separately required course.

- In the conditional If X happens, then will Y - the verb of the main clause should be in the future tense and the verb of the if clause should be in the present tense
A) only if it would be taught as a separately required course - usage of would is incorrect as we need present tense
B) only if it is taught as a separate, required course - Correct
C) if it is taught only as a course required separately - usage of adverb separately distorts meaning ; placement of only distorts meaning
D) if it was taught only as a separate and required course - usage of was is incorrect as we need present tense ; placement of only distorts meaning
E) if it would only be taught as a required course, separately - usage of would is incorrect as we need present tense , placement of only distorts meaning

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02 Mar 2017, 07:35
While some academicians believe that business ethics should be integrated into every business course, others say that students will take ethics seriously only if it would be taught as a separately required course.

Issue: Verb form

Analysis:
1. The non-underlined part of the sentence presents the scenario as definite condition with the use of "will" which should be complemented by simple form form (rather than modal "would")
2. In the underlined part, "only" should be places before "if" for clear meaning.

A) only if it would be taught as a separately required course
- Use of modal "would" is incorrect

B) only if it is taught as a separate, required course

C) if it is taught only as a course required separately
- Misplaced "only" - changes the meaning

D) if it was taught only as a separate and required course
- Incorrect verb tense with "was"
- Misplaced "only" - changes the meaning

E) if it would only be taught as a required course, separately
- Use of modal "would" is incorrect (Incorrect verb tense)
- Misplaced "only" - changes the meaning

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16 Mar 2017, 16:29
Can someone please explain why there is no "and" between "separate" and "required"? It is not clear to me grammatically?

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13 Jun 2017, 05:30
Can someone please explain why there is no "and" between "separate" and "required"? It is not clear to me grammatically?

egmat has provided an example for similar query in the thread above.
IMO this use is permitted with adjectives. In MGMAT SC , chapter 13 question # 27 "....its brasher , more frenetic rival."

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30 Jul 2017, 13:39
would like to know whether we can use two items in a series without any conjunction like in this sentence - separate, required course. It sounds a little awkward.

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30 Jul 2017, 18:53
asdert wrote:
While some academicians believe that business ethics should be integrated into every business course, others say that students will take ethics seriously only if it would be taught as a separately required course.

A) only if it would be taught as a separately required course
B) only if it is taught as a separate, required course
C) if it is taught only as a course required separately
D) if it was taught only as a separate and required course
E) if it would only be taught as a required course, separately

[Reveal] Spoiler:
Can someone explain why the adverb 'separately' in C is wrong? Thanks!

Source: OG Verbal review, Q78.

A is wrong as use of would is wrong
B is correct
C Use of only as a modifier is incorrect
D use of was and only incorrect
E again use of only is incorrect and the meaning is changed
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14 Aug 2017, 17:26
asdert wrote:
While some academicians believe that business ethics should be integrated into every business course, others say that students will take ethics seriously only if it would be taught as a separately required course.

A) only if it would be taught as a separately required course
B) only if it is taught as a separate, required course
C) if it is taught only as a course required separately
D) if it was taught only as a separate and required course
E) if it would only be taught as a required course, separately

[Reveal] Spoiler:
Can someone explain why the adverb 'separately' in C is wrong? Thanks!

Source: OG Verbal review, Q78.

The issue with the sentence is the incorrect use of the term would be.

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21 Aug 2017, 21:57
Although I got this wrong - The correct choice is 'B'.

OE: Conditional constructions require specific verb tenses. For a present condition, like this debate between academicians, the subordinate clause introduced by if uses the present indicative, and the main clause uses the future tense: y will happen (main clause) only if x happens (subordinate clause). Logically, the course is to be both separate and required, so the two adjectives should equally modify the noun and thus be separated by a comma: separate, required course.

A, D, and E are out - The verb tense in the if clause is incorrect.
C is out - The placement of only distorts the meaning; it should precede if. A course required separately is unclear.
Left with 'B' - correct.
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