This is a short GMAT question that tests you on the idiomatic expression of a condition. Notice the underlined portion of the sentence contains the word "if" in the very beginning.
"If' is a red flag word so once you see something like that your mind should be triggered to think about what the sentence is testing you on. As you glance down the answer choices, you should notice that some answer choices start off with the word "if" and others start off with the word "whether." Clearly, this GMAT question is an "if vs whether" question. How do you know when to use "if" and when to use "whether" ?
Usage of the Word "It" In A GMAT Question
Another item to make a note of is the mention of the word "it" in the sentence. In fact, this happens twice. The first time you see the plural form of the word "it" as "its". Then you see the word by itself just a few words later.
Is this proper? Is it ok to mention the word "it" in this context? If not, how would you have to arrange the words so that no English grammar rules are violated?
source: GMAT Pill*
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