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Re: Standard police procedure [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2010, 12:24
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Standard police procedure requires that an officer interview witnesses separately rather than together.

(A) Standard police procedure requires that an officer interview witnesses separately rather than together
I'm not sure if "rather than.." is an idiom but it sounds right. The sentence is to the point and maintains the correct tenses.
(B) A requirement, according to standard police procedure, is that an officer interview witness separately rather than interviewing them together
The pronoun "them" is referring to witness but witness needs to be plural for this sentence to be correct.
(C) Standard police procedure requires an officer to interview witnesses separately rather than to interview them together
"rather than to" is awkward
(D) It is required in standard police procedure that an officer interviews witnesses separately, not together
If witnesses is used than "interview" will need to be the verb.
(E) Standard police procedure requires that an officer interviews witnesses separately rather than together
Interviews witnesses is incorrect. It should be interview witnesses.


My answer was A.

(edit: I didn't even catch the subjunctive like everyone else in this thread. I think the only reason I got this one was because it sounded right.)

I will need to be on the lookout for this type of sentence construction.
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Re: Standard police procedure [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2010, 13:21
Got the same problem to choose between A and C.
Chose A because it was more concise.

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Re: Standard police procedure [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2010, 20:50
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@vaibhav : we have a reasonable doubt. you cant say whether we 'd be right or wrong until this doubt is clear.
can you tell me, apart from this discussion where can i get the Answer of all posted problems?
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When I am not satisfied with an explanation, I usually search for an explanation on MGMAT's site too and usually get a good explanation. Rarely it also turns out that MGMAT confirms my answer.
However, not being a student of MGMAT, I cant post my doubts there. My access is read-only.
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Re: Standard police procedure [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2010, 21:17
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321kumarsushant wrote:

@vaibhav : we have a reasonable doubt. you cant say whether we 'd be right or wrong until this doubt is clear.
can you tell me, apart from this discussion where can i get the Answer of all posted problems?
your help 'd be really appreciable.


When I am not satisfied with an explanation, I usually search for an explanation on MGMAT's site too and usually get a good explanation. Rarely it also turns out that MGMAT confirms my answer.
However, not being a student of MGMAT, I cant post my doubts there. My access is read-only.


You can use your email adress to sign up using Mgmat forum. I've used my account when i registered for Mgmat free test to join the forum regularly. I will recommend you to browse some explantions of Ron Purewall, Manhattan staff. His explanation is awesome.
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Re: Standard police procedure [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2010, 22:33
what you are saying is "there is no reference which will give the exact correct answer of the asked question"
Explanation is excellent and has to carried out but there has to be sol/Ans for each and every question.
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Re: Standard police procedure [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2010, 07:17
Standard police procedure requires that an officer interview witnesses separately rather than together.

(A) Standard police procedure requires that an officer interview witnesses separately rather than together
Correct. Command Subjunctive mood is being used here. USe the same form of verb that is used to give a command: - Officer, interview witnesses seperately rather than together.
(B) A requirement, according to standard police procedure, is that an officer interview witness separately rather
than interviewing them together
multiple problems: 1) long 2) interview should have been interviews 3) witness should have been witnesses
(C) Standard police procedure requires an officer to interview witnesses separately rather than to interview them together
Command subjunctive is required
(D) It is required in standard pole procedure that an officer interviews witnesses separately, not together
awkward
(E) Stanard police procedure requires that an officer interviews witnesses separately rather than together
verb problem- command subjunctive
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Re: Standard police procedure requires that an officer interview [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2011, 22:12
Subjunctive mood plural form of the verb interview is requried. IMO A
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Re: Standard police procedure requires that an officer interview [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2011, 02:00
Confused between A & C.. Went with C .
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Re: Standard police procedure requires that an officer interview [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2011, 06:22
+1 A

I think C changes the meaning.
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Re: Standard police procedure requires that an officer interview [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2011, 06:39
Hi All, I am new to community as well in english rules.
Please let me know why it can't be option D?
why we cannot use "interviews witnesses"?
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Re: Standard police procedure requires that an officer interview [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2011, 06:49
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Hi All, I am new to community as well in english rules.
Please let me know why it can't be option D?
why we cannot use "interviews witnesses"?


Because some verbs, called bossy verbs, require the subjunctive mood:

(bossy verb) + THAT + noun/pronoun + verb (in base form)

You have to memorize the list of bossy verbs. The MGMAT SC book has a good list of them.

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Re: Standard police procedure requires that an officer interview [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2011, 07:03
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+1 A

I think C changes the meaning.


How does C change meaning? Please explain.
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Re: Standard police procedure requires that an officer interview [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2011, 07:36
+ 1 for A. Subjunctive mood for verb "interview"
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Re: Standard police procedure requires that an officer interview [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2013, 21:15
I know that i'm replying after ages but couldn't find the explanation i had in mind so putting forth my reason for choosing A between A and C

Standard police procedure requires that an officer interview witnesses separately rather than together.

(A) Standard police procedure requires that an officer interview witnesses separately rather than together
(C) Standard police procedure requires an officer to interview witnesses separately rather than to interview them together

C changes the meaning of the original sentence .. it says the procedure requires an officer to interview which makes it sound more like a vacancy to be filled .. i choose A as its the subjunctive mood and lays out the authority of the procedure clearly ...
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Re: Standard police procedure requires that an officer interview [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2013, 14:05
Require can go with both subjunctive and infinitive verb form...Both A and C seem to be correct and concise, unless concisation really mean to cut few more words from a sentence....I don't think Gmat will ever require to choose between 2 such options, and if it does it should be debatable
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Re: Standard police procedure requires that an officer interview [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2013, 13:27
There seems to be disagreement on why C is incorrect.

According to the lesson in MGMAT SC guide, "that" is NOT optional in the command subjunctive. Therefore, C is out of the question.
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Re: Standard police procedure requires that an officer interview [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2013, 07:56
we can have both 'that' and 'an infinitive' with require.
both A and C are grammatically correct. but A is more concise as the 2nd 'to interview' in C is redundant.
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