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The school board ruling mandating that physically handicapped students be placed in regular classroom settings whenever possible also assured all children who have a reading problem of special aid.

1) stays the same
2) should be placed in regular classroom settings whenever possible also assures all children that have a reading problem.
3) are placed in regular classroom settings whenever posssible also assures those children who are having reading problems
4) be placed in regular classroom settings whenever possible also assured children with reading problems

5) should be placed in regular classroom settings whenver possible also has assured all those children with a reading problem.
" whenver possible
" also assured " with reading problems of special aid" sounds like a run-on.

No, I think the error is with "also assured with reading problems" does not make sense.

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28 Jul 2003, 23:13
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The school board ruling mandated that physically handicapped students ( be placed in regular classroom settings whenever possible also assured all children who have a reading problem) of special aid.

1) stays the same
2) should be placed in regular classroom settings whenever possible also assures all children that have a reading problem.
3) are placed in regular classroom settings whenever posssible also assures those children who are having reading problems
4) be placed in regular classroom settings whenever possible also assured children with reading problems

5) should be placed in regular classroom settings whenver possible also has assured all those children with a reading problem.
" whenver possible
" also assured " with reading problems of special aid" sounds like a run-on.

Are you SURE you got copied this sentence correctly. None of the choices make sense unless the beginning of the sentence reads:

The school board ruling mandating that physically handicapped students . . . .
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29 Jul 2003, 05:55
AkamaiBrah,
why is "Mandated" wrong?

Can someone explain why option 4 is correct. should not there be 'and' between "whenever possible" and "also".

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AkamaiBrah,
why is "Mandated" wrong?

Can someone explain why option 4 is correct. should not there be 'and' between "whenever possible" and "also".

Thanks,
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I thought "mandated" was a typo because, as you pointed out, the school board would have done two things: "mandated" AND "also assured". Since none of the sentence had a connnecting word between the two, the sentence was awkward. The sentence now as written reads "The school board (mandating some stuff) also assured...." Where everything after "mandating" is now a modifier of "school board". (You could also use "mandated" if the word "which" preceeded it: "The school board which mandated (stuff) also assured...")

Curly changed the sentence to its proper wording.
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29 Jul 2003, 09:05
Captain Akami,

Please listen to the discussion. Is "also assured" right,
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29 Jul 2003, 15:22
Okies Mr. Curly,

The choices we are dealing herewith are all horrible.

However having said that this question has still to be answered.

My vote is for D.

Reasons:

1. The sentence is of type Subjunctive.

Whenver you see words like mandate, demand, insist, recommend, request, require, etc. the sentence is of type subjunctive.

In a subjunctive sentence the verb is always of a form "be". For example, verbs like "is", "are", etc will appear as "be" or in short you shall have verbs in thier base form.

eg:- His requirement is that everyone is computer literate. - Wrong.
His requirment is that everyone be computer literate. - Correct.

So having said that, only choices A and D remain.

D is my opinion is not a run-on as you think.

The reason being, Choice A simply suggests that School board ruling ............... assures Children have a reading problem of special aid.

While Choice D clearly conveys that....

School board ruling ................. assures children with reading problems of a special aid.

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29 Jul 2003, 16:06
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Captain Akami,

Please listen to the discussion. Is "also assured" right,
thanks buddy.

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You, having the good fortune to be enlightened by Evensflow's explanation of the subjuctive, can be also assured that "also assured" is just fine in all of the choices.
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21 Aug 2006, 04:12
Still think the original sentence is better than D here. Any other takers?
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17 Oct 2006, 19:17
yogi_d22 wrote:

Is it same thing that HongHu mentioned?

Children cannot have a problem?
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17 Oct 2006, 19:41
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The school board ruling mandating that physically handicapped students be placed in regular classroom settings whenever possible also assured all children who have a reading problem of special aid.

1) stays the same
2) should be placed in regular classroom settings whenever possible also assures all children that have a reading problem.
3) are placed in regular classroom settings whenever possible also assures those children who are having reading problems
4) be placed in regular classroom settings whenever possible also assured children with reading problems
5) should be placed in regular classroom settings whenever possible also has assured all those children with a reading problem.

The ruling that did X also does Y. A, D and E out.
Among B and C, B seems more appropriate.

My choice is B
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18 Oct 2006, 00:52
D 2.

subjunctive mode and the correct plural use.
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18 Oct 2006, 06:30
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D 2.

subjunctive mode and the correct plural use.

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22 Jun 2012, 01:24
1 & 4 both are subjunctive , how is 4 better than 1
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22 Jun 2012, 07:56
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If you say, mandating, then -also assured- is no problem. That becomes a simple sentence with one subject and one verb

If you say mandated, then there is a problem. A simple sentence can have only one verb; the second verb assured (in all the choices) becomes additional and the sentences are run-ons.

This is a fit case for the use of command subjunctive and the base form verb be; Between 1, 2 and 4, 2 is wordier, when it uses children who/that/ have a reading problem, in comparison to 4’s , also assured children with reading problems; 1 and 2 also call their reading problems as a single problem, which does not go well with the plural structure of children
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