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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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20 Nov 2009, 21:44
others say that students will take ethics seriously only if it would be taught as a separately required course.

I think the Answer is B...
Not 100% on my reasoning but I believe this is mainly an adverb/adjective issue.

(A) only if it would be taught as a separately required course
Separately modifies "required" not "course". The intended meaning is that it is a separate course. The correct structure is "If X happens, Y will happen" not would.

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

(C) if it is taught only as a course required separately
"only" should be at the beginning and should modify "students take ethics seriously" not "taught". separately should be separate.

(D) if it was taught only as a separate and required course
same "only issue as c". The "and" is unnecessary

(E) if it would only be taught as a required course, separately
same "only issue as c". "separately" is incorrect
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21 Nov 2009, 01:41
I guess comma in B) is making the clause a nonrestrictive one and when read hiding that makes the s/c meaningless.....

IMO A

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21 Nov 2009, 03:28
same thought as yangsta8

B is the correct one.
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21 Nov 2009, 10:08
Grammatical Construction:

X will happen if Y happen so inverted that Y will happen only if X happen. Hence eliminate C,D,E because of 'it' word. And then re-split it again, eliminate A because of "would" word.

So I choose B. I'm sure to choose it right!
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21 Nov 2009, 10:22
Only B & C remain as other three have tense issue
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22 Nov 2009, 00:47
B should be the answer , wat say guys ??
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22 Nov 2009, 04:16
The OA is B
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B is best. This type of conditional statement requires a "will + present tense verb" structure. For example:

I will dance if you play music.
I will eat pizza if you pay for it.

Also, the two adjectives that modify "course" - "separate" and "required" - should be separated by a comma.
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27 Nov 2009, 20:00
[quote="bmillan01"]B is best. This type of conditional statement requires a "will + present tense verb" structure. For example:

I will dance if you play music.
I will eat pizza if you pay for it.

Also, the two adjectives that modify "course" - "separate" and "required" - should be separated by a comma.[/quote]

Totally agree with B.
But I would like to have an extra question about the red part.
What is the difference between "seperate,require course" and "seperate and required course"?
Also, "I have a big blue car". In this case, why don't we use "big,blue car" (I know "big,blue car" sounds awkward, but I don't really know when to use a comma, when not).
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16 Nov 2010, 08:46
I just have a hard time wrapping my head around this one. I get the majority of the explanation, but the ", required course" construction confuses me. Can someone please explain why this is acceptable, because one could not say "only if it is taught as a separate". With this construction it appears required course is modifying separate.
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16 Nov 2010, 09:11
mrcrescentfresh wrote:
I just have a hard time wrapping my head around this one. I get the majority of the explanation, but the ", required course" construction confuses me. Can someone please explain why this is acceptable, because one could not say "only if it is taught as a separate". With this construction it appears required course is modifying separate.

Actually "separate" and "required" are both modifiers (adjectives, if you please) for "course".
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17 Nov 2010, 03:41
B.
However my issue is that ethics need to be plural and hence "it" cannot be used to refer them. Mind you we are not referring to business ethics as a course yet. Let me know if anybody thinks otherwise.

If we accept "it" however the reply can be explained as follows:
c d e change the meaning by moving away only to later part of the sentence.

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25 Nov 2010, 12:14
B
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I think it is B, But i get very confused to use 'only' word and how it should be used.

Can anyone throw some light on how to use 'only' in sentences. are there any rules to use this word?
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20 Jan 2011, 23:04
B it is. others are wordy and "taught only as" is awkward.
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25 Jan 2011, 07:54
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

Separate and required modify course => B is correct.
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26 Jan 2011, 11:55
yes, b and c are the correct tense forms, but c is awkward in structure
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26 Jan 2011, 12:30
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

Got B here also, seems concise and pronoun agreement, plus tense agreement
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30 Jan 2011, 08:11
All choices, except B, are grammatically incorrect or change the meaning of the original sentence.

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