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# Before they will consider a settlement, the striking

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Before they will consider a settlement, the striking teachers demand that the school board fire the substitute teachers and establishes payment scales guaranteeing cost of living increases.

A And establishes payment scales guaranteeing cost of living increases.

B And to establish payment scales that would guarantee cost of living increases

C And establishes payment scales to guarantee cost of living increases.

D. And establish payment scales to guarantee cost of living increases

E. To establish payment scales that would guarantee cost of living increases

I got this wrong , but I feel that kaplan might be wrong here.
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19 Aug 2004, 22:14
Before they will consider a settlement, the striking teachers demand that the school board fire the substitute teachers and establishes payment scales guaranteeing cost of living increases.

Fire and establish for parallel structure.
So (D) should be the answer
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19 Aug 2004, 22:32
I think if school board is singular, which it is, then it should be establishes. Establish should be with plural subject.
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19 Aug 2004, 22:45
if the school board is singular, it would have gone 'fires and establishes'
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20 Aug 2004, 04:48
I go with D...

ywilfred - the construct above is subjunctive right?
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D it is. subjunctive mood.
Ex: I demand that he complete the survey --> no "s" after complete because of subjunctive mood. Main verbs that mean a demand, an order, a request, are part of subjunctive mood and the second verb never carries an "s". Remember this because you may certainly see this on the exam
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20 Aug 2004, 05:23
karthik, yes it's subjunctive. This is what I got from my grammar reference text (Webster's new world english grammar handbook).

sunjunctive mood: "employed to express a condition contary to fact, a wish, a supposition, a prayer, or a doubt as well as in 'that clauses." The subjunctive mood is most commonly employed however in contary to fact statements.
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20 Aug 2004, 11:27
Paul wrote:
D it is. subjunctive mood.
Ex: I demand that he complete the survey --> no "s" after complete because of subjunctive mood. Main verbs that mean a demand, an order, a request, are part of subjunctive mood and the second verb never carries an "s". Remember this because you may certainly see this on the exam

Yes OA is D. I was confused because I thought singular board should take establishes.
Paul, amazing stuff. I really didnt know this thing. It is interesting that I havent seen this kind of example in any of ETS stuff. By the way, How you know about this rule? Did you confirm it in some grammar source or just by your observation on certain Questions?
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agree with subjuctive...

A verb is in the subjunctive mood when it expresses a condition which is doubtful or not factual. It is most often found in a clause beginning with the word if. It is also found in clauses following a verb that expresses a doubt, a wish, regret, request, demand, or proposal.

These are verbs typically followed by clauses that take the subjunctive:

ask, demand, determine, insist, move, order, pray, prefer, recommend, regret, request, require, suggest, and wish.

In English there is no difference between the subjunctive and normal, or indicative, form of the verb except for the present tense third person singular and for the verb to be.

The subjunctive for the present tense third person singular drops the -s or -es so that it looks and sounds like the present tense for everything else.

The subjunctive mood of the verb to be is be in the present tense and were in the past tense, regardless of what the subject is.

Incorrect: If I was you, I would run.
Correct: If I were you, I would run.
(The verb follows if and expresses a non-factual condition.)

Incorrect: I wish he was able to type faster.
Correct: I wish he were able to type faster.
(The second verb is in a clause following a verb expressing a wish. It also suggests a non-factual or doubtful condition.)

Incorrect: His requirement is that everyone is computer literate.
Correct: His requirement is that everyone be computer literate.
(Subordinate clause follows main clause with a demand.)

Incorrect: He recommended that each driver reports his tips.
Correct: He recommended that each driver report his tips.

Sometimes we may use the conditional auxiliary verbs of could, should, or would to express the same sense.

Subjunctive:I wish he were kinder to me.
Conditional: I wish he would be kinder to me.

Note: In modern English, the subjunctive is only found in subordinate clauses.
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20 Aug 2004, 13:14
crackgmat, when I first started studying for the GMAT, I did not know about this rule. I simply learned it by doing many questions and meticulously analyzing the concepts being tested by each SC.
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23 Aug 2004, 09:42
Got D. I did not know so much about subjunctive. Thank you Paul and dj.
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21 Nov 2013, 14:30
Paul wrote:
D it is. subjunctive mood.
Ex: I demand that he complete the survey --> no "s" after complete because of subjunctive mood. Main verbs that mean a demand, an order, a request, are part of subjunctive mood and the second verb never carries an "s". Remember this because you may certainly see this on the exam

Thank you, I thought it was an error!
I went with C but now I realize my error here.
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25 Jun 2016, 07:14
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Before they will consider a settlement, the striking teachers demand that the school board fire the substitute teachers and establishes payment scales guaranteeing cost of living increases.

A And establishes payment scales guaranteeing cost of living increases.

B And to establish payment scales that would guarantee cost of living increases

C And establishes payment scales to guarantee cost of living increases.

D. And establish payment scales to guarantee cost of living increases

E. To establish payment scales that would guarantee cost of living increases

I got this wrong , but I feel that kaplan might be wrong here.

i do not like "before they will consider".
before+clause is time clause, in which tense should be in present though meaning is in future time. so, i think
before they consider
is better
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28 Jun 2016, 01:57
D is the answer . It should be "establish" since the other verb is "fire". Also to establisg does not fit in.
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Re: Before they will consider a settlement, the striking [#permalink]

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23 Mar 2017, 10:39
I opt for D
A&C ruled out since it is subjunctive
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