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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote ## Gardener ##### This topic has 6 member replies ## Gardener If the gardener would sow the seeds in the greenhouse rather than the garden, he might get a better display of flowers. A. If the gardener would sow the seeds in the greenhouse rather than the garden B. If the gardener sowed the seeds in the greenhouse rather than the garden C. If the gardener would sow the seeds in the greenhouse rather than in the garden D. If the gardener were to sow the seeds in the greenhouse rather than in the garden E. If the gardener would sow the seeds in the greenhouse instead of the garden OA after some discussion! Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Joined 30 Aug 2011 Posted: 9 messages The mistake here, seeds are sowed "in" the garden. C. If the gardener would sow the seeds in the greenhouse rather than in the garden Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 11 Jun 2011 Posted: 370 messages Followed by: 2 members Upvotes: 27 Test Date: Late November Target GMAT Score: 700+ GmatKiss wrote: If the gardener would sow the seeds in the greenhouse rather than the garden, he might get a better display of flowers. A. If the gardener would sow the seeds in the greenhouse rather than the garden B. If the gardener sowed the seeds in the greenhouse rather than the garden C. If the gardener would sow the seeds in the greenhouse rather than in the garden D. If the gardener were to sow the seeds in the greenhouse rather than in the garden E. If the gardener would sow the seeds in the greenhouse instead of the garden OA after some discussion! There is a need for Hypothetical subjunctive form in the formation of this sentence.(This is a proposal) 'Would' should never be used in the 'if .....' part of the sentence.(Very important) Also, 'would' should be replaced by a to be verb like 'were'. Lastly, 'rather than the garden' should be replaced by 'rather than in the garden'. The correct answer is D. Legendary Member Joined 26 Jul 2011 Posted: 2789 messages Followed by: 43 members Upvotes: 206 Target GMAT Score: 700+ GMAT Score: 640 winniethepooh wrote: GmatKiss wrote: If the gardener would sow the seeds in the greenhouse rather than the garden, he might get a better display of flowers. A. If the gardener would sow the seeds in the greenhouse rather than the garden B. If the gardener sowed the seeds in the greenhouse rather than the garden C. If the gardener would sow the seeds in the greenhouse rather than in the garden D. If the gardener were to sow the seeds in the greenhouse rather than in the garden E. If the gardener would sow the seeds in the greenhouse instead of the garden OA after some discussion! There is a need for Hypothetical subjunctive form in the formation of this sentence.(This is a proposal) 'Would' should never be used in the 'if .....' part of the sentence.(Very important) Also, 'would' should be replaced by a to be verb like 'were'. Lastly, 'rather than the garden' should be replaced by 'rather than in the garden'. The correct answer is D. Can you please elaborate on the red part! Also please give us a few more cases where this rule holds true. TIA, GK Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 11 Jun 2011 Posted: 370 messages Followed by: 2 members Upvotes: 27 Test Date: Late November Target GMAT Score: 700+ GmatKiss wrote: winniethepooh wrote: GmatKiss wrote: If the gardener would sow the seeds in the greenhouse rather than the garden, he might get a better display of flowers. A. If the gardener would sow the seeds in the greenhouse rather than the garden B. If the gardener sowed the seeds in the greenhouse rather than the garden C. If the gardener would sow the seeds in the greenhouse rather than in the garden D. If the gardener were to sow the seeds in the greenhouse rather than in the garden E. If the gardener would sow the seeds in the greenhouse instead of the garden OA after some discussion! There is a need for Hypothetical subjunctive form in the formation of this sentence.(This is a proposal) 'Would' should never be used in the 'if .....' part of the sentence.(Very important) Also, 'would' should be replaced by a to be verb like 'were'. Lastly, 'rather than the garden' should be replaced by 'rather than in the garden'. The correct answer is D. Can you please elaborate on the red part! Also please give us a few more cases where this rule holds true. TIA, GK You understood the hypothetical subjunctive part right? the usage of 'would' or 'should' is not allowed in the 'IF....' part of the sentence. That is , in the 'if....' clause of a sentence. Eg. If I would be a rich man, I will own a Ferrari. (This is a wrong sentence) You should use : If I were a rich man, I will own a ferrari. If Gmatkiss would play football, then he catches fever.(wrong) If Gmatkiss plays football, then he catches fever.(right) This is a rule basically for 'if...... , then......' sentences but also applies to the question being discussed in this thread. I hope this helps. Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 08 Mar 2011 Posted: 102 messages Upvotes: 2 Test Date: 07/09/2011 Target GMAT Score: 760 I would go with D. If I were a rich man, I would buy a big house. The "would" can be substituted bu might and could. Legendary Member Joined 28 Jan 2011 Posted: 1574 messages Followed by: 13 members Upvotes: 88 for subjunctive i.e hypothetical situations you are not supposed to use extreme words like should, would etc.......... • 1 Hour Free BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Get 300+ Practice Questions 25 Video lessons and 6 Webinars for FREE Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Free Veritas GMAT Class Experience Lesson 1 Live Free Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Award-winning private GMAT tutoring Register now and save up to$200

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