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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???
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20 Oct 2009, 06:03
Option B is conditional..pls note "if" in the sentence...
A.Seems to be awkward construction.
D.Use of plural verb for singular subject.
IMO C is more appropriate...pls post OA?
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20 Oct 2009, 10:35
OA is A
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21 Oct 2009, 04:06
wts wrong in C..?
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21 Oct 2009, 04:20
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as i see , c has wrong pronoun usage... them for an applicant
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21 Oct 2009, 05:15
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(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
whats wrong in B???

The drugs are not the grounds for rejecting an applicant...the 'usage' of drugs by an applicant is a problem for the chief
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21 Oct 2009, 13:42
@talk2pk even i dont know the explanation hence I posted it
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22 Oct 2009, 06:46
talk2pk wrote:
wts wrong in C..?
sagarsabnis: Cud u pls post the explainations ?

The biggiest problem in C is that it uses pronoun 'them' to refer to antecedent of possessive form 'an applicant's'. In addition, 'them' is wrong to refer to singular antecedent.

(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
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15 Nov 2009, 00:47
I went for E...I realissed the problem with E is the modifier...
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...
Bold part must refer to applicant and not to applicant's usage....
Am i right in interpretting this?

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15 Nov 2009, 20:17
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960. 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 falls under subjunctive category. So "should" is incorrect usage. Be is sufficient. Check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subjunctive_mood
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(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
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(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
"ANY USE OF DRUG" AND NOT "THE DRUG" SHOULD BE GROUNDS FOR BLAH BLAH BLAH.
"APPLYING FOR A JOB" SHOULD BE "APPLICATION FOR A JOB"
(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
SUBJECT VERB AGRREMENT PROBLEM
AN APPLICANTS USE/ THEM IS INCORRECT
(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
SUBJECT VERB AGRREMENT PROBLEM
AN APPLICANTS USE/ THEY IS INCORRECT
(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
SUBJECT VERB AGRREMENT PROBLEM
AN APPLICANTS USE/ THEM IS INCORRECT
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01 Nov 2010, 06:13
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Its A.

B is not the answer, because the USE is the subject of the sentence.
C is not correct, since applicants is Singular, while THEM is plural
D is not chosen for the same reason as C + the Verb is not used in the correct form
E - the same as C + wrong modifier placement
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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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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???

+1 A
C,D,E refer to "an" applicant as them (noun-antecedent error)
B is awkward for various reason ( subject is drug and not the use of drugs, "should" changes the meaning etc) cannt be 100% what the error is for B but i eliminated it due to "awkardness"
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01 Nov 2010, 07:24
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Nice question. C, D and E can be eliminated for pronoun error. All these sentences use possesive noun (applicant's) and they, them cannot refer to him
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01 Nov 2010, 07:36
talk2pk wrote:
wts wrong in C..?
sagarsabnis: Cud u pls post the explainations ?

Recommend is a command subjunctive and requires the bare form of the verb "be" according to MGMAT sc strategy guide.
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01 Nov 2010, 10:35
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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???

Nice question, took me a while to get around it.
C, D and E may be rejected straight away; all three of them have "...an applicant...they/them...".
B voilates the format of command subjunctive. Left with A.
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01 Nov 2010, 15:55
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The sentence is subjunctive mood.

So "should be "....is incorrect ...B is out

Ans C & E contain "them" doesn't have antecedent

"D " contains incorrect idiom "grounds"

Correct idiom "grounds...for"
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12 Nov 2010, 18:29
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!
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