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Although the Constitution was written to provide states with ample autonomy, it does mandate that all states have a republican form of government.
A. it does mandate that all states
B. it did mandate that all states should
C. it has mandated that all states
D. it mandates that all states will
E. it does mandate that all states must

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Because of the verb 'mandate' subjunctive for m should be used ,hence option A is correct
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New post 07 Sep 2017, 09:40
Hi Verbal Expert,

Could you help clarify why A is right? I arrived at the right answer, but I want to ensure via the right reasoning.

b -> implies possibility when the meaning of the sentence dictates necessary
c -> verb tense
d -> verb tense
e -> this was the other option I was contemplating; must implies mandatory meaning which would be appropriate given the sentence meaning (allow freedom, but mandate republican form of government)

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Hi Verbal Expert,

Could you help clarify why A is right? I arrived at the right answer, but I want to ensure via the right reasoning.

b -> implies possibility when the meaning of the sentence dictates necessary
c -> verb tense
d -> verb tense
e -> this was the other option I was contemplating; must implies mandatory meaning which would be appropriate given the sentence meaning (allow freedom, but mandate republican form of government)

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I believe this is a redundancy issue. If I mandate you do something it means you are required to do it. If you must do something it also means you are required to do it.

Thus, if I mandate you that must do something, it is similar to saying, you are required to do that thing you are required to do.

That's how I looked at it...

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Can someone please explain why A is right and D is wrong?

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Can someone please explain why A is right and D is wrong?


Going by the last split - do we require only "have" or "should/must/will have". Since, "mandate" require subjunctive, we require only "have" - this eliminates B, D and E. Between A and C - There is no special significance of perfect tense here, so select A.

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Hi Verbal Expert,

Could you help clarify why A is right? I arrived at the right answer, but I want to ensure via the right reasoning.

b -> implies possibility when the meaning of the sentence dictates necessary
c -> verb tense
d -> verb tense
e -> this was the other option I was contemplating; must implies mandatory meaning which would be appropriate given the sentence meaning (allow freedom, but mandate republican form of government)


Not an expert here, but here's my opinion on your analysis. Except C, there are no verb tense errors here. "mandates" in D is fine.. [ I won't use the word "error" for the usage of perfect tense in C, just that its not required ]
B - "Should" do not imply possibility. The problem is with using "should" with "mandate" ["mandate that" is the key here..], and the same reasoning can be applied to the usage of "must" in E.

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Why not B is the answer!
Same tense!

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New post 28 Sep 2017, 13:49
Tense is actually not the issue here. We can say "did," but "does" works fine, since the Constitution has not changed in this regard. (It still mandates this.)

The problem with B is "should." We can mandate that something happen (this form is the command subjunctive), or we can say/indicate that something should happen, but we can't mandate that something should happen. It's one or the other.
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