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# Although the manager agreed to a more flexible work

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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

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11 Oct 2006, 20:28
too many "would"s and one "was"

Sounded awkard to me. Let's wait for Matt's comments
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11 Oct 2006, 22:27
tennis_ball wrote:
IMO, A has tense problem.

Exactly. The tense is changing from past to present. D maintains the tense (past) correctly.

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12 Oct 2006, 03:47
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kripalkavi wrote:
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

A is the best one here. Ok I do agree that the tense is changed but sometimes it is acceptable to change the tense. I think this is stated in MGMAT SC.

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12 Oct 2006, 11:42
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I think this is a classic case of non-OG-no-correct-answer problems. Each answer choice suffers from verb tense or no clear pronoun referent.

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12 Oct 2006, 16:48
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Phew, that took me a while!

Betting on A.

(Edited typo)

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12 Oct 2006, 17:50
I guess A conveys information better than D does.

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12 Oct 2006, 21:25
kripalkavi wrote:
uvs_mba wrote:
kripalkavi wrote:
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

A is the best one here. Ok I do agree that the tense is changed but sometimes it is acceptable to change the tense. I think this is stated in MGMAT SC.

when is the verb tense change ok?

Sorry KripalKavi for responding so late, just got back from the airport and I am dead

Umm, I just looked at the MGMAT book and its on page 45. It says that some sentences with more than one action requires you to switch verb tenses within a sentence.

Example in the book:
He is thin now because he spent the last six months on an intensive diet.

I thought it might apply here, but if I'll still put it in my error log.

What does Matt have to say? I woud like to get his insight too

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12 Oct 2006, 22:27
uvs_mba wrote:
kripalkavi wrote:
uvs_mba wrote:
kripalkavi wrote:
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

A is the best one here. Ok I do agree that the tense is changed but sometimes it is acceptable to change the tense. I think this is stated in MGMAT SC.

when is the verb tense change ok?

Sorry KripalKavi for responding so late, just got back from the airport and I am dead

Umm, I just looked at the MGMAT book and its on page 45. It says that some sentences with more than one action requires you to switch verb tenses within a sentence.

Example in the book:
He is thin now because he spent the last six months on an intensive diet.

I thought it might apply here, but if I'll still put it in my error log.

What does Matt have to say? I woud like to get his insight too

Hey, thats ok! Thank you for your insight. I guess its OA time. OA is A. But I still am not convinced. In the example that you provided the two events are separated in time, but in this question, both occur at the same time.

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13 Oct 2006, 09:09
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kripalkavi wrote:
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.

Sorry to chime in late here guys.

...both management and labor will know...

both X and Y + plural verb~

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13 Oct 2006, 12:52
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Matt,

both X and Y + plural verb~ - the discussion in not about being a plural or a singular verb. But about past/present tense form of the verb?

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14 Oct 2006, 17:11
kripalkavi wrote:
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

A little correction:
Ok another catch why D is wrong Kripalkavi, I know I just re-read this whole thing. A uses "must" while D says "would have to be..... would know". The usage of would, could or should is used for uncertainty. We are changing the certain to uncertain and its really not required. Out of all the choices, considering idioms, verb tense, whether it is uncertain or not, etc. A is the best.

I hope it helps

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14 Oct 2006, 21:38
would here has nothing to do with subjunctive.

would is the past future use of "will".

In formal writing, when you "said" that something will, you use would.

I know in a lot of articles, the authors still use "will", but I doubt it is correct formally.

so anyway, one of the non-OG questions and it does not bother me.

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15 Oct 2006, 20:42
uvs_mba wrote:
kripalkavi wrote:
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

A little correction:
Ok another catch why D is wrong Kripalkavi, I know I just re-read this whole thing. A uses "must" while D says "would have to be..... would know". The usage of would, could or should is used for uncertainty. We are changing the certain to uncertain and its really not required. Out of all the choices, considering idioms, verb tense, whether it is uncertain or not, etc. A is the best.

I hope it helps

I guess this makes more sense, but tenissball does have a point! Anyway, I think that on G-day i would pick D again!

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22 Feb 2008, 16:36
two-three split : "he said that" is correct

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23 Feb 2008, 02:24
The sentence is in simple past – unnecessary verb changes without qualified reasons should be discarded.
Sentence has pronoun referent and verb number issues.

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

(B) he said it had to be posted on the bulletin board so that both management and labor knows what everyone is ["Knows" Verb number issue – eliminate it]

(C) he said that they would have to post the assignments on the bulletin board so that management and labor knew what everyone was [[color=#0000BF]they has referent issue – eliminate it[/color]]

(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 [“would” is not affirmative – eliminate it]

(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 [saying is not parallel – eliminate it]

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12 Nov 2010, 11:41
"it" in A can refer to both "manager" and "schedule" so it is ambigous.
Thoughts on that?

And aside form that, I'm with D, because that is the way to report indirect speech.

Could anybody clarify?

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23 Jul 2016, 09:51
not sure why, but the answer is D

can someone eliminate the other answer choices?

split
everyone was / is assigned to do
shldnt it be is?
eliminating C & D?

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