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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 membersâ€™ 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 membersâ€™ prejudice in supporting
(E) While once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members in its supporting of
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04 Jul 2004, 12:18
I'll take a stab at this one.
1. maybe
2. changes the meaning of a sentence
3. changes the meaning of a sentence
4. maybe
5. too wordy

1 has 'had', and I believe two tenses are present here, assuming that United Mine Workers is the actual union. Hence, past perfect is necessary here, and I'd go with A.
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04 Jul 2004, 12:30
A for me too
C, D and E use "while" which denotes an event happening at the same time as another. This is not the case since "after 1897" implies that there are two distinct events happening at different times
B) does change the meaning of the sentence by saying that the "imposition of an alien tax" was the reason why the union acknowledged the prejudice of its english-speaking members. This does not make sense to me. Moreover, this may be a typo, "it" should have been "its" members
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04 Jul 2004, 12:43
Paul wrote:
A for me too
C, D and E use "while" which denotes an event happening at the same time as another. This is not the case since "after 1897" implies that there are two distinct events happening at different times
B) does change the meaning of the sentence by saying that the "imposition of an alien tax" was the reason why the union acknowledged the prejudice of its english-speaking members. This does not make sense to me. Moreover, this may be a typo, "it" should have been "its" members

Re the use of 'while'' in C, D, and E, I thought that because there is a "once" in there as well, it does not make the usage of 'while' in this particular case incorrect. (as you see, I striked them out for different reasons)
Can SC gurus comment on this one?
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04 Jul 2004, 13:15
"where once" means something that used to be done in a certain way in the past is now done differently as conveyed by the second half of the sentence.
"while once" --> i'm not even sure this is proper english because "while" denotes simultaneity in two events while "once", combined with "while", means a transition from a past state to a new one. It is just not a good match for me.
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04 Jul 2004, 15:52
Paul wrote:
"where once" means something that used to be done in a certain way in the past is now done differently as conveyed by the second half of the sentence.
"while once" --> i'm not even sure this is proper english because "while" denotes simultaneity in two events while "once", combined with "while", means a transition from a past state to a new one. It is just not a good match for me.

Paul,

"While" is not used to indicate simultaneous actions ALWAYS. Manytimes, it is used inidcate a contrast.

In this case, I think "Whereâ€
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04 Jul 2004, 15:55
gmatblast wrote:
Paul wrote:
"where once" means something that used to be done in a certain way in the past is now done differently as conveyed by the second half of the sentence.
"while once" --> i'm not even sure this is proper english because "while" denotes simultaneity in two events while "once", combined with "while", means a transition from a past state to a new one. It is just not a good match for me.

Paul,

"While" is not used to indicate simultaneous actions ALWAYS. Manytimes, it is used inidcate a contrast.

In this case, I think "Whereâ€
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