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Can you please help me to find the reason why oa is better.
394. In one of the most stunning reversals in the history of marketing, the Coca-Cola company in July 1985 yielded to thousands of irate consumers demanding that it should bring back the original Coke formula.
(A) demanding that it should
(B) demanding it to
(C) and their demand to
(D) who demanded that it
(E) who demanded it to
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Re: 394 from 1000 [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2009, 19:01
First demanded is the right form bc of the tense of the sentence.
Second, demand+that is followed by subjunctive (base verb)
that is why this fits
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Re: 394 from 1000 [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2009, 01:19
well, (d) is preferred to (e) because the idiomatic usage in (e) is simply wrong:one cannot 'demand X to do Y'.
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Re: 394 from 1000 [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2010, 10:03
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the idiom "demand someone to do something" is wrong? i think i saw such idiom before...i pick E. what's the OA?
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Re: 394 from 1000 [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2010, 11:02
I still doubt :

If we read sentence by substituting D:

In one of the most stunning reversals in the history of marketing, the Coca-Cola company in July 1985 yielded to thousands of irate consumers who demanded that it bring back the original Coke formula.

IT refers to ????
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Re: 394 from 1000 [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2010, 13:22
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D and E are the same for me :s
Demand can be used in these two ways:
She demanded that I BUY her a diamond ring.
She demanded me TO BUY her a diamond ring.
(You must admit that these examples are funny, LOL).

IMO, D just sounds better.
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Re: 394 from 1000 [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2011, 10:23
The SC is an uses of Subjunctive-The subjunctive is a special kind of present tense, using an infinitive that has no –s in the third person singular. It is often used when talking about something that somebody must do.

The subjunctive verbs are: like advice, condition, demand, directive, intention, order, proposal, recommendation, request, suggestion, wish.

Subjunctive verb requires that.
Thus correct answer is D.
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Re: 394 from 1000 [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2011, 19:10
+1 for D.

It was a fairly simple problem, but the choices made it a tricky one :).

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Re: 394 from 1000 [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2013, 21:59
Experts how would you rate the difficulty of this question ?
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Re: In one of the most stunning reversals in the history of [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2013, 08:11
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394. In one of the most stunning reversals in the history of marketing, the Coca-Cola company in July 1985 yielded to thousands of irate consumers demanding that it should bring back the original Coke formula.
(A) demanding that it should
(B) demanding it to
(C) and their demand to
(D) who demanded that it
(E) who demanded it to


Hi,

It might be a very stupid question but can anyone please tell me how the OA is D..cause if we rewrite the sentence it would be like this -"In one of the most stunning reversals in the history of marketing, the Coca-Cola company in July 1985 yielded to thousands of irate consumers 'who demanded that it' bring back the original Coke formula." now the thing is that if we are using 'It' here then it should be 'brings' not 'bring' or some other tense has to be used or am I missing something here?
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Re: In one of the most stunning reversals in the history of [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2013, 08:22
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Hi,

It might be a very stupid question but can anyone please tell me how the OA is D..cause if we rewrite the sentence it would be like this -"In one of the most stunning reversals in the history of marketing, the Coca-Cola company in July 1985 yielded to thousands of irate consumers 'who demanded that it' bring back the original Coke formula." now the thing is that if we are using 'It' here then it should be 'brings' not 'bring' or some other tense has to be used or am I missing something here?


hi,

Verbs such as can, could,should, will, would, may, might are modal auxiliary verbs. Most modals are followed by the simple form of the verb (without "to")

example: i can do this///he can do this///they can do this.
i may not go///he may not go////they may not go.
i will do this///he will do this///they will do this.
i should do this///he should do this///they should do this.

hope its clear.
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Re: In one of the most stunning reversals in the history of [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2013, 09:33
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The OA is D, and it must be by process of elimination, but I agree that the pronoun still makes the choice unappealing. Luckily the only singular noun before "it" is "Coca-Cola company", so there can't be much confusion as to the antecedent of the pronoun "it".

If there's still any doubt, you can't demand someone to do something. You can demand that they do something, or ask them to do something, but not demand to. (Baten80 talked about this in his post). It just doesn't work in English, so you can consider it an idiom and eliminate answer choices B, C and E.

As for difficulty level, I'd say somewhere around the 600 level mark. None of the answer choices are perfect, but D doesn't have any obvious grammatical flaws, so you can use process of elimination to end up with D. I can see why other answer choices are tempting as well.

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Re: In one of the most stunning reversals in the history of [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2013, 19:24
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Reetabrata Ghosh wrote:

Hi,

It might be a very stupid question but can anyone please tell me how the OA is D..cause if we rewrite the sentence it would be like this -"In one of the most stunning reversals in the history of marketing, the Coca-Cola company in July 1985 yielded to thousands of irate consumers 'who demanded that it' bring back the original Coke formula." now the thing is that if we are using 'It' here then it should be 'brings' not 'bring' or some other tense has to be used or am I missing something here?


hi,

Verbs such as can, could,should, will, would, may, might are modal auxiliary verbs. Most modals are followed by the simple form of the verb (without "to")

example: i can do this///he can do this///they can do this.
i may not go///he may not go////they may not go.
i will do this///he will do this///they will do this.
i should do this///he should do this///they should do this.

hope its clear.


hi blueseas,

well I am aware of Modal auxiliary verbs and I know that we don't need a "s" there..but the thing is that I don't find any modal verb in the correct sentence..if we put D in the place of the underlined words and then re-write the sentence then it would be "In one of the most stunning reversals in the history of marketing, the Coca-Cola company in July 1985 yielded to thousands of irate consumers 'who demanded that it' bring back the original Coke formula." I cant find any modal verb here..(the option D only states this 'who demanded that it' and the underline words were "demanding that it should")..
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Re: In one of the most stunning reversals in the history of [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2013, 19:43
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hi blueseas,

well I am aware of Modal auxiliary verbs and I know that we don't need a "s" there..but the thing is that I don't find any modal verb in the correct sentence..if we put D in the place of the underlined words and then re-write the sentence then it would be "In one of the most stunning reversals in the history of marketing, the Coca-Cola company in July 1985 yielded to thousands of irate consumers 'who demanded that it' bring back the original Coke formula." I cant find any modal verb here..(the option D only states this 'who demanded that it' and the underline words were "demanding that it should")..


hi reetabatra ,

thanks for pointing out.
seems i overlooked your post :-D

more to say. you must be aware of subjucnctive cases.

There is also a list of adjectives after which you should use that and follow them by a simple verb form:
advised necessary recommended urgent
important obligatory required imperative
mandatory proposed suggested DEMAND

so here because of demanded THAT ...WE NEED a simplest form of verb(bring).

hope its clear
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Re: In one of the most stunning reversals in the history of [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2013, 00:28
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if we are using 'It' here then it should be 'brings' not 'bring' or some other tense has to be used or am I missing something here?


As another poster has pointed out, this uses, what is called, the "subjunctive". You can search on the net and find a lot of relevant info on this. Few official examples test you on this. Example, # 54 in OG-13 (there are others as well; can dig it up):

The report recommended that the hospital eliminate unneeded beds, consolidate expensive services, and use space in other hospitals

...that hospital eliminate.... is a subjunctive structure.
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Re: In one of the most stunning reversals in the history of [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2013, 20:05
Can you please help me to find the reason why oa is better.
394. In one of the most stunning reversals in the history of marketing, the Coca-Cola company in July 1985 yielded to thousands of irate consumers demanding that it should bring back the original Coke formula.
(A) demanding that it should
(B) demanding it to
(C) and their demand to
(D) who demanded that it - The only command subjunctive available :D
(E) who demanded it to
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Re: In one of the most stunning reversals in the history of [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2013, 20:50
Hello:

I'm not an active member but if you guys would help me in clarifying my doubts would be appreciated.

142. In one of the most stunning reversals in the history of marketing, the Coca-Cola company in July 1985 yielded to
thousands of irate consumers demanding that it should bring back the original Coke formula.

(A) demanding that it should
(B) demanding it to
(C) and their demand to
(D) who demanded that it
(E) who demanded it to

OA D.

My questions on the OA
I arrived at the correct answer,but could not entirely discard E. I've read that when used as a verb "to demand" must be followed by "that." But how about demand X to do ?
Require X to do Y?

Thanks in advance
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