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# Although the manager agreed to a more flexible work

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99. Although the manager agreed to a more flexible work schedule, he said that it must be posted on the bulletin board so that both management and labor will know what everyone is assigned to do.

(A) he said that it must be posted on the bulletin board so that both management and labor will know what everyone is

(B) he said it had to be posted on the bulletin board so that both management and labor knows what everyone is

(C) he said that they would have to post the assignments on the bulletin board so that management and labor knew what everyone was

(D) he said that the schedule would have to be posted on the bulletin board so that both management and labor would know what everyone was

(E) saying that the schedule had to be posted on the bulletin board so that both management and labor would know what everyone had been

Especially, I would like to know why A is better than D. For a non-native like me, both seem fine according to speaker's intention.
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23 Apr 2006, 07:36
B) ...and labor know... - OUT
C) who are they? - OUT
D) would is unnecessary -OUT
E) ungrammatical -OUT

hence A

I think that D is not any better than A from pure grammatical point of view.
However A is much more concise. Please note however that I am a non-native speaker as well...
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23 Apr 2006, 08:42
antiant wrote:
99. Although the manager agreed to a more flexible work schedule, he said that it must be posted on the bulletin board so that both management and labor will know what everyone is assigned to do.

(A) he said that it must be posted on the bulletin board so that both management and labor will know what everyone is

(B) he said it had to be posted on the bulletin board so that both management and labor knows what everyone is

(C) he said that they would have to post the assignments on the bulletin board so that management and labor knew what everyone was

(D) he said that the schedule would have to be posted on the bulletin board so that both management and labor would know what everyone was

(E) saying that the schedule had to be posted on the bulletin board so that both management and labor would know what everyone had been

Especially, I would like to know why A is better than D. For a non-native like me, both seem fine according to speaker's intention.

Take D here

"he said that the schedule would have to be posted on the bulletin board so that both management and labor would know what everyone was"

The tense change is not clear. Once the message board is posted then the management and labor will know the schedule. D has a time period flaw and also "it" in A has a clear antecedent so using "schedule" is a redundant thing.

A is correct
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15 Aug 2006, 08:52
Although the manager agreed to a more flexible work schedule, he said that it must be posted on the bulletin board so that both management and labor will know what everyone is assigned to do.

(A) he said that it must be posted on the bulletin board so that both management and labor will know what everyone is
(B) he said it had to be posted on the bulletin board so that both management and labor knows what everyone is
(C) he said that they would have to post the assignments on the bulletin board so that management and labor knew what everyone was
(D) he said that the schedule would have to be posted on the bulletin board so that both management and labor would know what everyone was
(E) saying that the schedule had to be posted on the bulletin board so that both management and labor would know what everyone had been

deowl wrote:
B) ...and labor know... - OUT
C) who are they? - OUT
D) would is unnecessary -OUT
E) ungrammatical -OUT

hence A

I think that D is not any better than A from pure grammatical point of view.
However A is much more concise. Please note however that I am a non-native speaker as well...

My doubt is ... "He said that ".. signals passive construction... so D> seems more appropriate....
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15 Aug 2006, 11:19
A it is.

D says in the end "what everyone was to do.." Was assigned to do is more appropriate because tasks were assigned not picked up at will IMO.
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15 Aug 2006, 11:31
will go with A...

must ... will combination gives right emphasis.
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15 Aug 2006, 15:10
Went with D, thinking subjunctive mood... Agree with the others who say 'would' is not required here, but I don't think 'will' is required from A either!
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15 Aug 2006, 15:54
A - wrong - "labor WILL know"
B - wrong "labor KNOWS"
C - "assignments" distorts meaning/awkward
D - Correct, active voice, present tense
E - passive

antiant wrote:
99. Although the manager agreed to a more flexible work schedule, he said that it must be posted on the bulletin board so that both management and labor will know what everyone is assigned to do.

(A) he said that it must be posted on the bulletin board so that both management and labor will know what everyone is

(B) he said it had to be posted on the bulletin board so that both management and labor knows what everyone is

(C) he said that they would have to post the assignments on the bulletin board so that management and labor knew what everyone was

(D) he said that the schedule would have to be posted on the bulletin board so that both management and labor would know what everyone was

(E) saying that the schedule had to be posted on the bulletin board so that both management and labor would know what everyone had been

Especially, I would like to know why A is better than D. For a non-native like me, both seem fine according to speaker's intention.
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16 Aug 2006, 05:11
sm176811 wrote:
I seconds D!!

Whats the OA?

D is wrong here for a few reasons.

1. "would have to be" is wordier than "must be" ---> GMAT almost always prefers brevity

2. "was" at the end of the underlined portion is gramatically incorrect.

(A) all the way!
16 Aug 2006, 05:11
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