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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
prohibiting them from the disclosing of its water purification methods to any company
prohibiting disclosure of its water purification methods to any company
that would prohibit them from disclosure of its water purification methods to companies
that would prohibit its water purification methods to be disclosed to a company
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22 Sep 2009, 12:12
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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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01 Jun 2011, 09:09
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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17 Jun 2011, 03:40
In D there is no antecedent for them as each employee becomes singular
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17 Jun 2011, 04:01
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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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06 Dec 2011, 07:00
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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prohibiting that its water purification methods be disclosed to companies ---- The use of the command subjunctive is not idiomatic when used with prohibit. (according to Ron)

prohibiting them from the disclosing of its water purification methods to any company --- them -a plural is wrong to denote the singular each employee

prohibiting disclosure of its water purification methods to any company --- right choice

that would prohibit them from disclosure of its water purification methods to companies— them - is again a problem

that would prohibit its water purification methods to be disclosed to a company--- prohibit cannot be coupled with an infinitive – to be disclosed -

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Hi all,
Great discussion so far on this particular question.
I think there is another data point that is useful in eliminating choices D and E.

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.

The sentence states a confidentiality agreement to be signed in order to guarantee something. So, the use of would (implies possibility) in D and E may be inappropriate.
An agreement prohibits something for sure, not with a probability. More discussion on this is welcome.

Among A, B, and C, C is the best as already established by experts.

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Eholm314 wrote:
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

Conditional tense is used with past tense

suggested here denotes past tense..

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