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    multiple choice question on subjunctive mood

    Here's a multiple choice question concerning the subjunctive mood:
    Had Judy been more careful on the maths exam, she ____ much better results now.
      A. would be getting B. could have got
      C. must get     D. would get
    Please tell me which option is correct?And why?
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    Re: multiple choice question on subjunctive mood

    B. could (or would) have got

    Reason: to do with matching of verbs in a conditional.

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    Re: multiple choice question on subjunctive mood

    It being a multiple choice question it is not about which choice is correct but which choice is best. The sentence should be:
    Had Judy been more careful on the maths exam, she would be getting much better results now.
    That is the best option among the choices given. Better would be:
    Had Judy been more careful on the maths exam, she would have gotten a better result (grade).
    But that was not one of the choices given. The meaning of the sentence:
    If Judy had been more careful (taken more time, paid closer attention to what she was doing) she would have done better (gotten a better grade).

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    It being a multiple choice question it is not about which choice is correct but which choice is best. The sentence should be:
    Had Judy been more careful on the maths exam, she would be getting much better results now.
    That is the best option among the choices given. Better would be:
    Had Judy been more careful on the maths exam, she would have gotten a better result (grade).
    But that was not one of the choices given. The meaning of the sentence:
    If Judy had been more careful (taken more time, paid closer attention to what she was doing) she would have done better (gotten a better grade).
    Thank you,RonBee.
    Richard

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