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Constance Horner, chief of the United States governments

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Constance Horner, chief of the United States government’s personnel agency, has recommended that the use of any dangerous or illegal drug in the five years prior to application for a job be grounds for not hiring an applicant.
(A) the use of any dangerous or illegal drug in the five years prior to application for a job be grounds for not hiring an applicant
(B) any dangerous or illegal drug, if used in the five years prior to applying for a job, should be grounds not to hire the applicant
(C) an applicant’s use of any dangerous or illegal drug in the five years prior to application for a job be grounds not to hire them
(D) an applicant’s use of any dangerous or illegal drug in the five years prior to applying for a job are grounds that they not be hired
(E) for five years prior to applying for a job, an applicant’s use of any dangerous or illegal drug be grounds for not hiring them

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Constance Horner, chief of the United States government’s personnel agency, has recommended that the use of any dangerous or illegal drug in the five years prior to application for a job be grounds for not hiring an applicant.
(A) the use of any dangerous or illegal drug in the five years prior to application for a job be grounds for not hiring an applicant
correct idiom : ground for
correct subject : "use of drugs" is the ground
Correct
Subjunctive mood

(B) any dangerous or illegal drug, if used in the five years prior to applying for a job, should be grounds not to hire the applicant
illegal drugs => not ground but their usage.
(C) an applicant’s use of any dangerous or illegal drug in the five years prior to application for a job be grounds not to hire them
(D) an applicant’s use of any dangerous or illegal drug in the five years prior to applying for a job are grounds that they not be hired
(E) for five years prior to applying for a job, an applicant’s use of any dangerous or illegal drug be grounds for not hiring them
possessive form in C,D,E not reflective of the pronouns 'them' and 'they', only 'his/her' can reflect to applicant's(singular)and 'their' can correspond to applicants'
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New post 09 Jul 2009, 04:35
uh-huh :) I like subjunctive mood, just remember the rule once and can apply many times.
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B) The drug is not the grounds for not hiring. The use of the drug is the grounds. Wrong.
C) ‘them’ at the end of the sentence is not referring to anything. Wrong.
D) Again, ‘they’ is not referring to anyone in this construction. Wrong.
E) Wrong. “prior to applying for a job, an applicant’s use…” The use is not applying, the actual person is applying.

Answer A.

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