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Verbal Sentence Correction Question [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2007, 08:23
I am a bit confused on the following:

The newly elected baseball commissioner has asked that a federal arbitrator would mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union which has threatened to go on strike, and the lawyers representing major league franchise owners.

I chose this response:

"that a federal arbitrator mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union, which have threatened"

but it turns out that the answer is "HAS" instead of "HAVE"... why is the answer to make sure I am in agreement w/ UNION instead of REPRESENTATIVES?

Thanks so much in advance =)
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Re: Verbal Sentence Correction Question [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2007, 08:45
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I am a bit confused on the following:

The newly elected baseball commissioner has asked that a federal arbitrator would mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union which has threatened to go on strike, and the lawyers representing major league franchise owners.

I chose this response:

"that a federal arbitrator mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union, which have threatened"

but it turns out that the answer is "HAS" instead of "HAVE"... why is the answer to make sure I am in agreement w/ UNION instead of REPRESENTATIVES?

Thanks so much in advance =)


"which" is a relative pronoun and the immediate verb that follows any relative pronun has to agree with has to agree with noun that the relative pronoun agrees with.

Here tha noun is union which is a singular and hence "HAS" is correct
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2007, 10:17
union is singular and hence "has" is the correct usage.
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Re: Verbal Sentence Correction Question [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2010, 14:19
I'm working in the Kaplan Live (2010) book and ran across the this question and this thread here...picked the same wrong answer as the author.

I'm curious why on this question the correct answer ignores the fact that "umpire's union" is in a prepositional phrase. What is the rule on ignoring prepositional phrases?

Please advise...
Re: Verbal Sentence Correction Question   [#permalink] 28 Mar 2010, 14:19
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