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After the contractual dispute between the organizations had been resolved, the junior manager who proposed that they turn to professional mediation and saved her organization millions of dollars was promoted and received a bonus.

A. they turn to professional mediation and saved

B. they turned to professional mediation and saved

C. they turn to professional mediation and save

D. the organizations turn to professional mediation and save

E. the organizations turned to professional mediation and saved

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After the contractual dispute between the organizations had been resolved, the junior manager who proposed that they turn to professional mediation and saved her organization millions of dollars was promoted and received a bonus.

A. they turn to professional mediation and saved-correct

B. they turned to professional mediation and saved

C. they turn to professional mediation and save

D. the organizations turn to professional mediation and save

E. the organizations turned to professional mediation and saved

"the junior who proposed" is in subjunctive form, we need to use "turn".

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After the contractual dispute between the organizations had been resolved, the junior manager who proposed that they turn to professional mediation and saved her organization millions of dollars was promoted and received a bonus...

The sentence uses a subjunctive mood here and the command subjunctive verb which comes after the BOSSY VERB " PROPOSED " should be in the simplest form ..Thus "the junior manager who proposed that they turn to " is absolutely correct here.

Now the junior manager here is doing two actions , the junior manager who proposed that they turn to professional mediation and saved her organization ...Thus the original sentence is very much taking care of the parallelism issue here using "proposed" and "saved". Any other construction as in C and D mars the parallelism of the sentence.

Now some one may point out ambiguity between usage of "they" or "organizations" ...As per my knowledge both of them are correct ...As the only plural subject which is coming before "they " is "organizations" , pronoun "they " very much refers to "organizations" .

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After the contractual dispute between the organizations had been resolved, the junior manager who proposed that they turn to professional mediation and saved her organization millions of dollars was promoted and received a bonus...

The sentence uses a subjunctive mood here and the command subjunctive verb which comes after the BOSSY VERB " PROPOSED " should be in the simplest form ..Thus "the junior manager who proposed that they turn to " is absolutely correct here.

Now the junior manager here is doing two actions , the junior manager who proposed that they turn to professional mediation and saved her organization ...Thus the original sentence is very much taking care of the parallelism issue here using "proposed" and "saved". Any other construction as in C and D mars the parallelism of the sentence.

Now some one may point out ambiguity between usage of "they" or "organizations" ...As per my knowledge both of them are correct ...As the only plural subject which is coming before "they " is "organizations" , pronoun "they " very much refers to "organizations" .



Choice A.
The verb turn follows proposed that, to which the Subjunctive rule applies, and therefore should be in the base form. The verb saved, however, relates to an action made by the junior manager rather than what she proposed and is therefore not affected by the Subjunctive rule.

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i picked the correct answer, but was very unsatisfied with this question. I am not sure to whom THEY referring to.

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After the contractual dispute between the organizations had been resolved, the junior manager who proposed that they turn to professional mediation and saved her organization millions of dollars was promoted and received a bonus.

A. they turn to professional mediation and saved

B. they turned to professional mediation and saved

C. they turn to professional mediation and save

D. the organizations turn to professional mediation and save

E. the organizations turned to professional mediation and saved

Please give your though on this one...
(this one is from economist test series)

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i picked the correct answer, but was very unsatisfied with this question. I am not sure to whom THEY referring to.

shashankkela wrote:
After the contractual dispute between the organizations had been resolved, the junior manager who proposed that they turn to professional mediation and saved her organization millions of dollars was promoted and received a bonus.

A. they turn to professional mediation and saved

B. they turned to professional mediation and saved

C. they turn to professional mediation and save

D. the organizations turn to professional mediation and save

E. the organizations turned to professional mediation and saved

Please give your though on this one...
(this one is from economist test series)



They is referring to "Organizations" - The non underlined part clearly mentions that there are two Organizations (the contractual dispute between the organizations). Obviously "They" cannot refer to Singular Junior Manager. Whereas the "Her" in the later part of the sentence clearly refers to Junior manager. There is no ambiguity with the pronoun reference.

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A. they turn to professional mediation and saved

The verb turn follows proposed that, to which the Subjunctive rule applies, and therefore should be in the base form. The verb saved, however, relates to an action made by the junior manager rather than what she proposed and is therefore not affected by the Subjunctive rule.

B. they turned to professional mediation and saved

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. Propose is one of the nine verbs to which the Subjunctive rule applies (if it is followed by that). This means that the next verb after proposed that should be in base form. However, turned is not in base form.

What helps us identify this question as a Subjunctive question as well as identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign:

propose/recommend/require/request/insist/suggest/mandate/ask/demand that

Whenever you come across this Stop Sign, make sure that the following verb is in its base form.

C. they turn to professional mediation and save

This answer choice changes the meaning of the original sentence. Changing the verb saved to save turns it from an action made by the junior manager (not Subjunctive), to an action she suggested the organizations take (Subjunctive), i.e., the organizations should turn and save.

D. the organizations turn to professional mediation and save

This answer choice is stylistically flawed - redundant. The pronoun they is a more concise way of referring to the organizations. Since there are no other plural nouns except the organizations to which they may refer, it is not ambiguous. This answer choice also changes the meaning of the original sentence. Changing the verb saved to save turns it from an action made by the junior manager (not Subjunctive), to an action she suggested the organizations take (Subjunctive), i.e., the organizations should turn and save.

E. the organizations turned to professional mediation and saved

It is better to use "they" to refer to organizations. Further we need the subjunctive style here, so turned is wrong and needs to be in the base form "turn".
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After the contractual dispute between the organizations had been resolved, the junior manager who proposed that they turn to professional mediation and saved her organization millions of dollars was promoted and received a bonus

They refers to organizations (only plural)
proposed to turn to (correct) : Proposed is the main verb here
saved her organization millions of dollars : Same tense as proposed

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since it is subjunctive : turn will come
so options A C and D are in
now careful inspection of C and D tells that they are same: so cant be the answer in GMAT : since in C there is pronoun they, which is replaced by organisations in D, so both out
A is remaining,

FASTEST ELIMINATION of C and D
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shashankkela wrote:
After the contractual dispute between the organizations had been resolved, the junior manager who proposed that they turn to professional mediation and saved her organization millions of dollars was promoted and received a bonus.

A. they turn to professional mediation and saved

B. they turned to professional mediation and saved

C. they turn to professional mediation and save

D. the organizations turn to professional mediation and save

E. the organizations turned to professional mediation and saved

Please give your though on this one...
(this one is from economist test series)


We have to mind 2 things.

1. propose is a "bossy word" - so it comes with infinitive without "to".
Ex: She ignored the doctor's recommendation that she stop (stops) smoking.
The list of such verbs and nouns: ask, prefer, demand, recommend, recommendation, insist, require, reqirement, suggest, suggestion, urge, request, mandate, order, propose,
Also: it is essential/imperative/important, necessary that

So B and E are out.

2. Word "her" after our part. It means for sure that verb "save" has to be in past simple. It has not to be parallel with "turn" or something like that. It is independent part.
So C and D are out.

Leaves us with A.

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