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In an attempt to guarantee the security of its innovative water purification method, the company required each employee to sign a confidentiality agreement prohibiting that its water purification methods be disclosed to companies using an analogous purification process.

(A) prohibiting that its water purification methods be disclosed to companies
(B) prohibiting them from the disclosing of its water purification methods to any company
(C) prohibiting disclosure of its water purification methods to any company
(D) that would prohibit them from disclosure of its water purification methods to companies
(E0 that would prohibit its water purification methods to be disclosed to a company
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Ans is D

Could you elaborate? What does "them" refer to?

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This is an idiom..Always use Prohibit from

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This is an idiom..Always use Prohibit from

Idioms can have more than one form.
I think the correct answer choice here is C

(A) prohibiting that its water purification methods be disclosed to companies
The subjunctive mode is not correct in these case, since this is not a suggestion or request.

(B) prohibiting them from the disclosing of its water purification methods to any company
them has no antecedent

(C) prohibiting disclosure of its water purification methods to any company
nothing wrong with this one

(D) that would prohibit them from disclosure of its water purification methods to companies
them has no antecedent


(E) that would prohibit its water purification methods to be disclosed to a company

the conditional would is incorrect in this case. I think that prohibit X is better than prohibit X to be Y

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In an attempt to guarantee the security of its innovation water purification method, the company required each employee to sign a confidentiality agreement prohibiting that its water purification methods be disclosed to companies using an analogous purification process

1) prohibiting that its water purification methods be disclosed to companies
2) prohibiting them from the disclosing of its water purification methods to any company
3) prohibiting disclosure of its water purification methods to any company
4) that would prohibit them from disclosure of its water purification methods to companies
5) that would prohibit its water purification methods to be disclosed to a company

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[quote="abcd1"]In an attempt to guarantee the security of its innovation water purification method, the company required each employee to sign a confidentiality agreement prohibiting that its water purification methods be disclosed to companies using an analogous purification process

1) prohibiting that its water purification methods be disclosed to companies awkward
2) prohibiting them from the disclosing of its water purification methods to any company
3) prohibiting disclosure of its water purification methods to any company nice and clear
4) that would prohibit them from disclosure of its water purification methods to companies
5) that would prohibit its water purification methods to be disclosed to a company no need to point out future in the past

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Isnt this subjunctive?
Can someone please post the rules for using "required" ..
I am getting all such ques wrng :(

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New post 17 Aug 2010, 07:02
the correct idioms are

"require X to do Y"
"require that"

Also when we use subjunctive infinitive should not be used.

"prohibit" with an infinitive as in E is incorrect. "TO be" is an infinitive. in subjunctive constructions, you don't have the "to".

In an attempt to guarantee the security of its innovation water purification method, the company required each employee to sign a confidentiality agreement prohibiting that its water purification methods be disclosed to companies using an analogous purification process

1) prohibiting that its water purification methods be disclosed to companies
2) prohibiting them from the disclosing of its water purification methods to any company
3) prohibiting disclosure of its water purification methods to any company
4) that would prohibit them from disclosure of its water purification methods to companies
5) that would prohibit its water purification methods to be disclosed to a company

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the correct idioms are

"require X to do Y"
"require that"

Also when we use subjunctive infinitive should not be used.

"prohibit" with an infinitive as in E is incorrect. "TO be" is an infinitive. in subjunctive constructions, you don't have the "to".

In an attempt to guarantee the security of its innovation water purification method, the company required each employee to sign a confidentiality agreement prohibiting that its water purification methods be disclosed to companies using an analogous purification process

1) prohibiting that its water purification methods be disclosed to companies
2) prohibiting them from the disclosing of its water purification methods to any company
3) prohibiting disclosure of its water purification methods to any company
4) that would prohibit them from disclosure of its water purification methods to companies
5) that would prohibit its water purification methods to be disclosed to a company


I really hate this exam,guyz dont we knwo that the right idiom is "prohibited x from doing y" so can anyone explain to me that where is "from" in C??

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B and D are rules out as the two have "them" while the sentence has 'each' which is singular. For E "a company" implies just one company. So E is out. Between A and C, C seems less wordy and awkward.
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+1 D

Beautiful question!
D is better than B because a relative clause can refer to a diferent point in the time line. B refers only to the past, including the gerund "prohibiting".
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+1 D

Beautiful question!
D is better than B because a relative clause can refer to a diferent point in the time line. B refers only to the past, including the gerund "prohibiting".
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B and D are rules out as the two have "them" while the sentence has 'each' which is singular. For E "a company" implies just one company. So E is out. Between A and C, C seems less wordy and awkward.

I agree C is the right one.... "them" can not go with "each"

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In D there is no antecedent for them as each employee becomes singular

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In D there is no antecedent for them as each employee becomes singular


Good point. We should not choose a statement just because it has a correct idiom usage.

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In an attempt to guarantee the security of its innovative water purification method, the company required each employee to sign a confidentiality agreement prohibiting that its water purification methods be disclosed to companies using an analogous purification process.

prohibiting that its water purification methods be disclosed to companies
I don't know how can I eliminate this. Maybe just because it is wordier than C and indirect too.
prohibiting them from the disclosing of its water purification methods to any company
pronoun doesn't agree in number
prohibiting disclosure of its water purification methods to any company
agreement is prohibiting disclosure of company's water purification methods. Succinct and conveys the intended meaning. Correct.
that would prohibit them from disclosure of its water purification methods to companies
pronoun doesn't agree in number
that would prohibit its water purification methods to be disclosed to a company
There is sense of uncertainty in this sentence.
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stuck b/w B and D and finally chose B.

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According to some Manhattan GMAT forums, we can be more flexible with pronouns than with other aspects.

That's why I think D is better.
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According to some Manhattan GMAT forums, we can be more flexible with pronouns than with other aspects.

That's why I think D is better.


IMO C. Can you give any example in the flexibility with pronoun. Furthermore, the usage idiom in choice D is also wrong.

Prohibit X from verb-ing, not Noun (as used in choice D)

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if 'them' in D is wrong, what would be the correct replacement for 'them' in D?
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