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The rules of etiquette for formal dinner parties with foreign diplomats require citizens from both the host and from the diplomat's countries to be seated across from each other.

A) citizens from both the host and from the diplomat's countries to be seated across from each other.

B) citizens of the host country and of the diplomat's party to sit opposite each other.

C) that the host country and diplomat's country seat their citizens opposite one another.

D) that citizens of the host's country be seated opposite those of the diplomat's country.

E) the host country's citizens to be seated opposite to the diplomat's country's citizens.

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14 Jul 2006, 11:11
D?

A) 'both' is redundant
B) compares 'citizens of host country' to those of the 'diplomats party'
C) assigns an action to the countries
D) 
E) 'seated opposite to' is unidiomatic...

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14 Jul 2006, 11:34
D is correct cuz its a case of subjunctive.

the structure is: require + that + be........
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14 Jul 2006, 13:03
Between C & D. I believe D is the winner as explained by paddyboy.
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14 Jul 2006, 13:05
MA wrote:
D is correct cuz its a case of subjunctive.

the structure is: require + that + be........

I agree that this is D but "require" doesn't always take "that". This is also correct construction

require X to do Y....

E would have been correct if we omit second "to" and somehow remove the double possessive adjectives "diplomat's country's citizens"
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15 Jul 2006, 05:57
ps_dahiya wrote:
MA wrote:
D is correct cuz its a case of subjunctive.

the structure is: require + that + be........

I agree that this is D but "require" doesn't always take "that". This is also correct construction

require X to do Y....

E would have been correct if we omit second "to" and somehow remove the double possessive adjectives "diplomat's country's citizens"

you are correct and i have not said that as well. but remember if "require" is used as subjunctive, yes it is always. it is a case of subjunctive.
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15 Jul 2006, 06:01
require that~ is idiomatic.

Only (D) makes a correct possessive parallel construction.

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15 Jul 2006, 15:52
u2lover wrote:
The rules of etiquette for formal dinner parties with foreign diplomats require citizens from both the host and from the diplomat's countries to be seated across from each other.

A) citizens from both the host and from the diplomat's countries to be seated across from each other.

B) citizens of the host country and of the diplomat's party to sit opposite each other.

C) that the host country and diplomat's country seat their citizens opposite one another.

D) that citizens of the host's country be seated opposite those of the diplomat's country.

E) the host country's citizens to be seated opposite to the diplomat's country's citizens.

D.

A:"to be seated across from each other" is unclear about who sits across from whom
B: "to sit opposite each other"....who sit opposite each other?
C: clearly changes the meaning to
E: "to be seated opposite to" is incorrect.
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15 Jul 2006, 17:07
(D)

subjunctive form as explained above.
require + that + (infinitive form of the verb without "to") ..
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16 Jul 2006, 02:17
What is wrong with B??

B) citizens of the host country and of the diplomat's party to sit opposite each other.

Can't we consider it a case of ellipsis.
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16 Jul 2006, 13:54
Between B and D...its D.

I quickly jumped to B before carefully evaluating D. comparing citizens of the host and those (citizens) is parallel and seated opposite is succinct compare to opposite each other in B

Whats the OA?
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16 Jul 2006, 18:52
OA is D

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17 Jul 2006, 02:22
Will go with D.

Require that is idiomatic and subjunctive case is required.
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17 Jul 2006, 16:14
seems E ... I m not yet good in grammar... sorry...
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17 Jul 2006, 16:53
I too picked the wrong answer (E). Thanks a lot for pointing out the mistake.

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