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# Where once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its

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Where once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members by supporting the imposition of an alien tax on immigrant workers, after 1897 the United Mine Workers made a determined effort to enlist Italians and Slavs in its ranks.

(A) Where once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members by supporting
(B) Where once the union acquiesced to it English-speaking members’ prejudice for the support of
(C) While once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members in support of
(D) While once the union acquiesced to its English-speaking members’ prejudice in supporting
(E) While once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members in its supporting of

Can some one explain the OA
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17 Mar 2011, 16:05
+1 C

"Where" doesn't make sense.
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17 Mar 2011, 19:14
I don't think C makes sense ...
"While" implies something that is happening simultaneously and to imply this meaning here in this context is nonsense.....
sometimes "while" is used to show contrast but I don't see any contrast here.
IMO I see nothing wrong with A
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17 Mar 2011, 20:36
Reading the ext, we can surmise that
1. The union succumbed to the pressure of the English speaking members.
2. The English speaking members wanted no alien workers to enter and so they pressured the union to impose a tax on alien immigrants other than English-speaking
3. Still, after 1897, the United Mine workers wanted to enlist alien workers such as the Italians and the Slavs
You can see that there does exist a contrast in the context. 'While' does indicate this element in this topic IMO.

That said, choice C which uses the appropriate past perfect tense to describe an earlier phenomenon of the two events and which uses the forthright expression ‘in support of’ rather than the wordy in ‘its supporting of’ is a clear winner.

The use of ‘where’ in the place of ‘while’ is acceptable, I suppose, if some one is writing poetry, in which one can get away with anything under a poetic license
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I have a doubt here abt the past perfect tense used in C.

the word 'after 1987' clearly shows what took place before it. so we know 'the union acquiesced to its English-speaking members’ prejudice ' happened before.
why do we need a past perfect tense here then?
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17 Mar 2011, 22:44
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According to me, construction of the word support is the crucial factor in this sentence. Option B, D, and E have awkward constructions: for the support of, in supporting, and in its supporting of respectively.

Therefore, we can shortlist A and C.

Now, closer scrutiny of option C reveals that ‘the prejudices were regarding to the imposition of the align taxes ( acquiesced to the prejudices in support of)’… whereas the sentence suggests that support to the impositions of taxes is the action taken by the union, hence, “acquiesced to the prejudice by supporting taxes” is the correct expression.

Moreover, if we reverse the first part of the sentence, before the comma, then Option C becomes “In support of imposition of taxes, the union had acquiesced to the prejudices”. This construction becomes awkward. It should be – to support/by supporting the imposition of taxes, the union agreed to the prejudices. We have one of the correct expressions in “A”.

Also, "while" is normally used to show the contrast, which is not there in the sentence. I have no idea about whether, “where” is correct or not but “while” is definitely wrong here.

On the basis all above mentioned information, The answer should be “A”
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18 Mar 2011, 01:13
Yes. Although the use of ‘by supporting’ is more forthright as far as usage is concerned, all that good work is lost by the inappropriate use of ‘where’. To break a classical rule that where is used to refer to a place, is weird; In that case, why do we need that rule at all or when will we ever use that rule? Rules are evolved to be followed and not to be broken at will.

According to the dictionary, ‘Whereas’ is the correct synonym for ‘while’. The contrast of one accepting something and another going against it is more than explicit in the text. To say that a contrast does not exist is not acceptable. A is a mismatch solely because of this lacuna.

Still my kudos are there for those who chose to dissect this issue threadbare, though
I may beg to differ with their opinions.
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19 Mar 2011, 07:52
So we are sticking with C?

Is that right? Despite some convincing reasons for going A, I will stick with C simply because the author is trying to show contrasts and where is not the correct means for doing so.
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20 Mar 2011, 10:49
where is inappropriate but poetic license or whatever was discussed, C does not make sense . between a and c, a has to be the winner
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