Round 3 of our challenge question + free Magoosh series. Today, we’ve got a ‘Hard’ SC problem for you to tackle.
Submit an answer and an explanation in the comments by 2PM Pacific Standard Time on Thursday, and we will pick the comment with the best explanation as our winner. You can also comment on the post on our Facebook page. The winner will receive a free Magoosh account! Comments will remain hidden until we release the answer and the name of the winner, so don’t worry– if you submitted an answer with an explanation, we can see it, even if it may not show up on the post for you!
The answer will be posted on Thursday, after our winner is notified. Good luck!
If Rome did not fall, the Dark Ages had not been so severe throughout Europe.
a). did not fall, the Dark Ages had not been
b). did not fall, the Dark Ages would not have been
c). had not fallen, the Dark Ages would not have been
d). were not to fall, the Dark Ages might not have been
e). were not to have fallen, the Dark Ages had not been
Update: Congrats to our winner, Ranjit!
Explanation: This statement is talking about a hypothetical scenario. This is what is called a third conditional, talking about a past event playing out differently in a hypothetical scenario. For this, the condition, the contrary-to-fact verb, should be in the past perfect, “had not fallen“. The result verb should be in the conditional past — “would not have been.” The only choice that has both of these correct is (C), the answer.