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    Noun Clause

    Dear Teacher,

    I'd appreciate if you could please explain the answer to the following question:

    Do you think _______ ?

    A) if we can get there on time

    D) Mary will come with her brother


    The official key indicates that choice D is correct but what is wrong with choice A?

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    Re: Noun Clause

    Quote Originally Posted by Honore View Post
    Dear Teacher,

    I'd appreciate if you could please explain the answer to the following question:

    Do you think _______ ?

    A) if we can get there on time

    D) Mary will come with her brother


    The official key indicates that choice D is correct but what is wrong with choice A?

    Regards
    The conjunction if cannot be used in your sentence. If means in the event that.

    Do you think [that] we can get there on time?

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    Re: Noun Clause

    Additionally, if-clauses can't stand on their own. They are part of a larger sentence, a conditional sentence.

    Conditional sentences have two principal parts:

    1) the condition (protasis)
    2) the main clause (apodosis)

    For example,
    Do you think (that) if we can get there on time, we will get a good seat?
    The reason choice A) doesn't work, the if-clause is incomplete. Its main clause or apodosis is missing:
    Do you think _______ ?

    A) if we can get there on time

    D) Mary will come with her brother

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    Re: Noun Clause

    Dear teachers. Thank you very much and regards.

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    Re: Noun Clause

    You're most welcome.

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