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Will vs Would - Wildlife expert Post Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:23 pm
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    A wildlife expert predicts that the reintroduction of the caribou into northern Minnesota would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than one wolf for every 39 square miles.

    A) would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than
    B )would fail provided the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more than
    C )should fail if the timber wolf density in that region was greater than
    D )will fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is greater than
    E) will fail if the timber wolf density in that region were more numerous than

    OA: D

    There are two approachs to solve this question:

    a) According to some experts, the difference between WILL and WOULD is related to the certainty of
    the information expressed in the sentence. In other words, how sure is the author about that topic.
    In this sentence, the expert is sure that the reintroduction of the caribou WILL fail if the timber population is greater. If he were not so sure, we would have to use WOULD.

    b) According to other experts, using WILL or WOULD depends on the tense of the sentence. If the tense is present we use WILL when we refer to the future. If the tense of the sentence is past, we use WOULD when we refer to the past. It's like reported speech.

    What do you think about these two approachs? IMO, the second one is the correct IN THIS SENTENCE. Because the author is reporting something that the expert said, predicted.

    What do you think?

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    Post Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:38 pm
    A wildlife expert predicts not predicted, hence will is the right one here.

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    Post Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:32 pm
    predicts--will-greater than

    (D)

    Post Wed Feb 01, 2012 7:29 am
    metallicafan wrote:
    A wildlife expert predicts that the reintroduction of the caribou into northern Minnesota would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than one wolf for every 39 square miles.

    A) would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than
    B )would fail provided the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more than
    C )should fail if the timber wolf density in that region was greater than
    D )will fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is greater than
    E) will fail if the timber wolf density in that region were more numerous than

    OA: D
    Basing your answer on the certainty of an event will get you into trouble.
    For this conditional (if X then Y) questions, you need to have corresponding tenses, depending on whether you have a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd conditional.
    1st conditional: If X happens, then Y will happen
    2nd conditional: If X happened, then Y would happen
    3rd conditional: If X had happened, then Y would have happened

    A) would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than
    (the verb tenses here do not match any of the above structures)

    B )would fail provided the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more than
    (the verb tenses here do not match any of the above structures)

    C )should fail if the timber wolf density in that region was greater than
    "Should" changes the meaning.

    D )will fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is greater than
    (the verb tenses here match the structure of a 2nd conditional)

    E) will fail if the timber wolf density in that region were more numerous than
    (the verb tenses here do not match any of the above structures)

    Answer = D

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    Post Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:33 am
    How can we differentiate btwn the "greater than" Vs "numerous than" option?

    Brent@GMATPrepNow wrote:
    metallicafan wrote:
    A wildlife expert predicts that the reintroduction of the caribou into northern Minnesota would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than one wolf for every 39 square miles.

    A) would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than
    B )would fail provided the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more than
    C )should fail if the timber wolf density in that region was greater than
    D )will fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is greater than
    E) will fail if the timber wolf density in that region were more numerous than

    OA: D
    Basing your answer on the certainty of an event will get you into trouble.
    For this conditional (if X then Y) questions, you need to have corresponding tenses, depending on whether you have a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd conditional.
    1st conditional: If X happens, then Y will happen
    2nd conditional: If X happened, then Y would happen
    3rd conditional: If X had happened, then Y would have happened

    A) would fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more numerous than
    (the verb tenses here do not match any of the above structures)

    B )would fail provided the density of the timber wolf population in that region is more than
    (the verb tenses here do not match any of the above structures)

    C )should fail if the timber wolf density in that region was greater than
    "Should" changes the meaning.

    D )will fail if the density of the timber wolf population in that region is greater than
    (the verb tenses here match the structure of a 2nd conditional)

    E) will fail if the timber wolf density in that region were more numerous than
    (the verb tenses here do not match any of the above structures)

    Answer = D

    Cheers,
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    Post Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:22 am
    karthikpandian19 wrote:
    How can we differentiate btwn the "greater than" Vs "numerous than" option?
    Density is a single value and it cannot be numerous, it can only be greater. The density of wolves at X is 1000 wolves/sq.km and density of wolves at Y is 1500 wolves/sq.km. So one is greater than the other and numerous would not fit here logically.

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