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# Constance Horner, chief of the United States governments

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14 Nov 2010, 06:31
A. Suggests is followed by "be" . This is a "request" being made by the chief.

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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 for not hiring an 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

whats wrong in B???

From the statement we can clearly make out that its a case of command subjunctive, which calls for the use of "that" and "be".
B- Incorrect: Never use "should" in command subjunctive.
C- Incorrect: Disagreement between pronoun and number. The pronoun should be "his or her".
D- Incorrect: Same as C. The pronoun "they" is outright wrong in this context.
E- Incorrect: Same as C, and D. The use of the pronoun "them" is wrong.
A correctly maintains the command subjunctive form.

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To actually keep in sync and put the command subjunctive force to peace, we have to use the verb form in its most simple form. "Hiring" is incorrect here and should be replaced with Hire.

Undoubtedly the C option which is the only one which suffices to this prerequisite is also incorrect due to wrong pronoun reference.

Guess this question has no correct options given at all
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28 Oct 2013, 14:16
amkabdul wrote:
shekharvineet wrote:
sagarsabnis wrote:
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 for not hiring an 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

whats wrong in B???

From the statement we can clearly make out that its a case of command subjunctive, which calls for the use of "that" and "be".
B- Incorrect: Never use "should" in command subjunctive.
C- Incorrect: Disagreement between pronoun and number. The pronoun should be "his or her".
D- Incorrect: Same as C. The pronoun "they" is outright wrong in this context.
E- Incorrect: Same as C, and D. The use of the pronoun "them" is wrong.
A correctly maintains the command subjunctive form.

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To actually keep in sync and put the command subjunctive force to peace, we have to use the verb form in its most simple form. "Hiring" is incorrect here and should be replaced with Hire.

Undoubtedly the C option which is the only one which suffices to this prerequisite is also incorrect due to wrong pronoun reference.

Guess this question has no correct options given at all

The source of the question is http://thousandsc.blogspot.in/2006/04/qn220.html
As you can see not a standard source. Pls.Ignore the question. This is also discussed here
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01 Nov 2013, 05:29
drozzy wrote:
hold the party Phantoms!

(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

the use of any dangerous or illegal drug in the five years prior to application for a job

does this mean that anyone uses in this universe uses "crack" and the poor applicant gets screwed?

tell me that "A" is the best out of the (bad) lot.... i'll agree!

The By the applicant is implied here. It has been removed to make the sentence shorter.
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01 Nov 2013, 09:44
amkabdul wrote:
shekharvineet wrote:
sagarsabnis wrote:
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 for not hiring an 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

whats wrong in B???

From the statement we can clearly make out that its a case of command subjunctive, which calls for the use of "that" and "be".
B- Incorrect: Never use "should" in command subjunctive.
C- Incorrect: Disagreement between pronoun and number. The pronoun should be "his or her".
D- Incorrect: Same as C. The pronoun "they" is outright wrong in this context.
E- Incorrect: Same as C, and D. The use of the pronoun "them" is wrong.
A correctly maintains the command subjunctive form.

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To actually keep in sync and put the command subjunctive force to peace, we have to use the verb form in its most simple form. "Hiring" is incorrect here and should be replaced with Hire.

Undoubtedly the C option which is the only one which suffices to this prerequisite is also incorrect due to wrong pronoun reference.

Guess this question has no correct options given at all

The answer is logical and it is A!

Hire or hiring is not the purpose. One of the main exercise of those question is to find the meaning (here it is ok because the meaning is simple)

(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 for not hiring an applicant ==> says that the the drugs should be grounds for not hiring It does not make sense at all
(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 ==> 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 ==> that they not be hired ? This is wrong, wordy, crap..;As you wish...
(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 ==> Them?

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22 Nov 2013, 07:21
sagarsabnis wrote:
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 for not hiring an 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

whats wrong in B???

recommended( Bossy verb) that the use of any dangerous or illegal drug in the five years prior to application for a job( Subject) be grounds for not hiring an applicant( Subjunctive mood) [/u].

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29 Nov 2014, 05:22
A seems to be correct since there is no pronoun error.
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16 Jan 2017, 04:51
wrong pronoun error
Them can not be used for possessive noun in C,D & E and B gives wrong meaning
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19 Jan 2017, 18:06
Are there some rules for using "to + verbING" ? Or it is generally considered wrong in GMAT ?
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sagarsabnis wrote:
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 for not hiring an 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

what's wrong in B???

"Should" in b IS WRONG. In subjunctive mood we cannot use should. Only base
form of verb is used.
all the blow mentioned verbs require subjunctive mood.
Demand, Dictate
Recommend, Request
Insist, Mandate , Propose.
Apart of these few other verbs can take command subjunctive though may also take infinitive form
Ask, Beg, Intend, Order, Prefer, Urge and Require
This question tests on subjunctive hence B and D are straight out.
"Them" in C cannot refer to applicant's use. Pronoun ambiguity.
E also has pronoun ambiguity
Hence A is correct
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