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# While the United States Constitution specifies

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While the United States Constitution specifies that a person cannot be elected President more than twice, it did not specify if someone who has already been elected President twice would still be eligible to run for Vice President.

A. that a person cannot be elected President more than twice, it did not specify if someone who has already been elected President twice

B. that a person cannot be elected President more than two times, it does not specify if a former President who was elected twice

C. that a person cannot be elected President more than twice, it does not specify whether someone who has already been elected President twice

D. a person not to be elected President more than two times, it does not specify whether a twice-elected President

E. a person not to be elected President more than twice, it does not specify if someone who has already been elected President twice
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A. that a person cannot be elected President more than twice, it did not specify if someone who has already been elected President twice ---- if is wrong; this is not a conditional situation. \ shift of tense to past tense is also wrong

B. that a person cannot be elected President more than two times, it does not specify if a former President who was elected twice------ No conditionals here.

C. that a person cannot be elected President more than twice, it does not specify whether someone who has already been elected President twice -- correct choice

D. a person not to be elected President more than two times, it does not specify whether a twice-elected President -- specifying a person may give the wrong meaning that the constitution is trying to specify a specific person. We do need the connector ‘that’ essentially in a reported speech as this.

E. a person not to be elected President more than twice, it does not specify if someone who has already been elected President twice –same as in D plus the wrong use of the conditional.

I do not think there is a great split between the use of twice and two times. Both essentially mean the same; twice is more formal than two-times. Maybe GMAT will like twice rather two times.
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Originally posted by daagh on 23 Sep 2016, 23:56.
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24 Sep 2016, 00:21
confused between B and C
In error analysis of A ....while X states something , it does not state is right use of tense.....

another error is,(experts please correct if I am wrong)
IInd part needs to be a question if someone who has already been seleted, this means that person is still a president
then part hs to be future in this case. would is wrong.
B changes the meaning here by changing IInd part. a person who elected in past (changes the meaning )

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29 Mar 2017, 07:38
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confused between B and C
In error analysis of A ....while X states something , it does not state is right use of tense.....

another error is,(experts please correct if I am wrong)
IInd part needs to be a question if someone who has already been seleted, this means that person is still a president
then part hs to be future in this case. would is wrong.
B changes the meaning here by changing IInd part. a person who elected in past (changes the meaning )

The problem with b is not past tense saying he was elected twice would be correct. Use of conditional If is wrong here. Here 'whether' is required to convey the intention of the original sentence.
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17 Apr 2017, 00:26
Could some one explain why the use of the conditional is wrong ? Would is used in the non-underlined portion of the sentence right ?
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While the United States Constitution specifies that a person cannot be elected President more than twice,it did not specify if someone who has already been elected President twice would still be eligible to run for Vice President.

A. that a person cannot be elected President more than twice,it did not specify if someone who has already been elected President twice

B. that a person cannot be elected President more than two times,it does not specify if a former President who was elected twice

C. that a person cannot be elected President more than twice,it does not specify whether someone who has already been elected President twice

D. a person not to be elected President more than two times,it does not specify whether a twice-elected President

E. a person not to be elected President more than twice,it does not specify if someone who has already been elected President twice

for reported speech
that is used and makes more sense
D and E are out

In A and B If condition is not correct as there is no logic if ...then...
whether is used
C is best
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daagh wrote:
A. that a person cannot be elected President more than twice, it did not specify if someone who has already been elected President twice ---- if is wrong; this is not a conditional situation. \ shift of tense tom past tense is also wrong

B. that a person cannot be elected President more than two times, it does not specify if a former President who was elected twice------ No conditionals here.

C. that a person cannot be elected President more than twice, it does not specify whether someone who has already been elected President twice -- correct choice

D. a person not to be elected President more than two times, it does not specify whether a twice-elected President -- specifying a person may give the wrong meaning that the constitution is trying to specify a specific person. We do need the connector ‘that’ essentially in a reported speech as this.

E. a person not to be elected President more than twice, it does not specify if someone who has already been elected President twice –same as in D plus the wrong use of the conditional.

I do not think there is a great split between the use of twice and two times. Both essentially mean the same; twice is more formal than two-times. Maybe GMAT will like twice rather two times.

hi,
DAAGH sir
could you please explain what is difference btw more than twice and more than two times ! and which is more preferred in GMAT

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While the United States Constitution specifies that a person cannot be elected President more than twice,it did not specify if someone who has already been elected President twice would still be eligible to run for Vice President.

daagh wrote:
A. that a person cannot be elected President more than twice, it did not specify if someone who has already been elected President twice ---- if is wrong; this is not a conditional situation. \ shift of tense tom past tense is also wrong

B. that a person cannot be elected President more than two times, it does not specify if a former President who was elected twice------ No conditionals here.

C. that a person cannot be elected President more than twice, it does not specify whether someone who has already been elected President twice -- correct choice

D. a person not to be elected President more than two times, it does not specify whether a twice-elected President -- specifying a person may give the wrong meaning that the constitution is trying to specify a specific person. We do need the connector ‘that’ essentially in a reported speech as this.

E. a person not to be elected President more than twice, it does not specify if someone who has already been elected President twice –same as in D plus the wrong use of the conditional.

I do not think there is a great split between the use of twice and two times. Both essentially mean the same; twice is more formal than two-times. Maybe GMAT will like twice rather two times.
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While the United States Constitution specifies that a person cannot be elected President more than twice, it did not specify if someone who has already been elected President twice would still be eligible to run for Vice President.

A. that a person cannot be elected President more than twice, it did not specify if someone who has already been elected President twice

B. that a person cannot be elected President more than two times, it does not specify if a former President who was elected twice

C. that a person cannot be elected President more than twice, it does not specify whether someone who has already been elected President twice

D. a person not to be elected President more than two times, it does not specify whether a twice-elected President

E. a person not to be elected President more than twice, it does not specify if someone who has already been elected President twice

The first main verb (specifies) is in present tense, but the second main verb (did not specify) is in past tense. We should not change the tense unless the meaning of the sentence dictates such a change; in this case, there is no reason to change to past tense, so the correct sentence should maintain the original, non-underlined tense: present. The original sentence also uses the word if to introduce the clause someone who has already… Vice President. If is used to introduce “if-then” type statements, but this statement does not have a “then” counterpart. Rather, this statement is discussing whether one of two things would be true: either someone is still eligible or someone is not still eligible. The correct idiom to introduce this clause is whether.

(C) CORRECT. This choice corrects the original tense error by changing did not specify to does not specify. The choice also corrects the original idiom error by substituting the word whether for the word if.
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While the United States Constitution specifies that a person cannot be elected President more than twice, it did not specify if someone who has already been elected President twice would still be eligible to run for Vice President.

A. that a person cannot be elected President more than twice, it did not specify if someone who has already been elected President twice

B. that a person cannot be elected President more than two times, it does not specify if a former President who was elected twice

C. that a person cannot be elected President more than twice, it does not specify whether someone who has already been elected President twice

D. a person not to be elected President more than two times, it does not specify whether a twice-elected President

E. a person not to be elected President more than twice, it does not specify if someone who has already been elected President twice

Could anybody please explain how the option C is correct as we are using would....................
As i know would verb is used for hypothetical tense
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It may be seen that 'would' is not underlined and is used for all the five choices. Should we take, therefore, this question is wrong? Nay.

In addition, this question is not testing conditionality. This is about a dilemma. That is the reason we are using 'whether'.
It is true that conditional clause will not contain either 'will or would' in the subordinate clause.
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It may be seen that 'would' is not underlined and is used for all the five choices. Should we take, therefore, this question is wrong? Nay.

In addition, this question is not testing conditionality. This is about a dilemma. That is the reason we are using 'whether'.
It is true that conditional clause will not contain either 'will or would' in the subordinate clause.

Daag sir I got your point somewhat, but could you please explain what is the role of would in this sentence

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'Would' here indicates a subjunctive mood of uncertainty. As of now, it is not clear whether the constitution will accept an application from someone who has already served as President twice. It may accede or deny. As you rightly said, 'would' does denote a hypothetical case, a phenomenon which is as yet a tentative insight, still to be confirmed by canon or custom.
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C. that a person cannot be elected President more than twice, it does not specify whether someone who has already been elected President twice
correct choice because of 'that','does',and 'whether'
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