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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 ## Will vs Would - Wildlife expert tagged by: Brent@GMATPrepNow ##### This topic has 1 expert reply and 4 member replies ## Will vs Would - Wildlife expert 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? Legendary Member Joined 26 Apr 2011 Posted: 1239 messages Followed by: 25 members Upvotes: 233 Test Date: 26/06/2012 Target GMAT Score: 720 GMAT Score: 680 A wildlife expert predicts not predicted, hence will is the right one here. _________________ Getting defeated is just a temporary notion, giving it up is what makes it permanent. https://gmatandbeyond.blogspot.in/ Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 31 Mar 2011 Posted: 382 messages Upvotes: 15 predicts--will-greater than (D) ### GMAT/MBA Expert GMAT Instructor Joined 08 Dec 2008 Posted: 12534 messages Followed by: 1245 members Upvotes: 5254 GMAT Score: 770 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, Brent _________________ Brent Hanneson â€“ Creator of GMATPrepNow.com Use our video course along with Sign up for our free Question of the Day emails And check out all of our free resources GMAT Prep Now's comprehensive video course can be used in conjunction with Beat The GMATâ€™s FREE 60-Day Study Guide and reach your target score in 2 months! Legendary Member Joined 03 Nov 2011 Posted: 1665 messages Followed by: 70 members Upvotes: 165 Target GMAT Score: 750 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, Brent _________________ Regards, Karthik The source of the questions that i post from JUNE 2013 is from KNEWTON ---If you find my post useful, click "Thank" --- ---Never stop until cracking GMAT--- Legendary Member Joined 26 Apr 2011 Posted: 1239 messages Followed by: 25 members Upvotes: 233 Test Date: 26/06/2012 Target GMAT Score: 720 GMAT Score: 680 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. _________________ Getting defeated is just a temporary notion, giving it up is what makes it permanent. https://gmatandbeyond.blogspot.in/ • 1 Hour Free BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • FREE GMAT Exam Know how you'd score today for$0

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