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In the wake of several serious cases of mercury poisoning caused by tainted fish, the state government ordered that all lakes and streams should be tested for mercury levels.

A. all lakes and streams should be tested for mercury levels
B. all lakes and streams should have their mercury levels tested
C. the mercury levels be tested for all lakes and streams
D. the mercury levels of all lakes and streams should be tested
E. the mercury levels of all lakes and streams be tested

Originally posted by LiveStronger on 31 Oct 2008, 15:05.
Last edited by ankurgupta03 on 10 Apr 2014, 13:19, edited 1 time in total.
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LiveStronger wrote:
In the wake of several serious cases of mercury poisoning caused by tainted fish, the state government ordered that all lakes and streams should be tested for mercury levels.

A. all lakes and streams should be tested for mercury levels
B. all lakes and streams should have their mercury levels tested
C. the mercury levels be tested for all lakes and streams
D. the mercury levels of all lakes and streams should be tested
E. the mercury levels of all lakes and streams be tested


C or E because of the right structure "order that subject + the infinitive verb"
I would pick E.
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New post 31 Oct 2008, 23:47
this sentence is in subjunctive mood --- only C and E maintain the right usage ...

I pick E. "mercury levels of" sounds better
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IMO E, "the mercury levels of sounds" better than "the mercury levels be tested for"
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The non-underlined portion of the sentence contains the phrase "ordered that," which requires a clause containing the subjunctive mood. However, the original sentence uses "should be tested" instead of the subjunctive “be tested.” In addition, it is illogical to test a lake or stream "for mercury levels": this implies that one is testing to see whether mercury levels exist. Instead, one would “test the mercury levels” of the lake or stream, measuring the amount of mercury.

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) The active construction “all lakes and streams should have their mercury levels tested” is illogical: lakes and streams cannot do such a thing, rather a person would have to test the mercury levels of the lakes and streams.

(C) This choice correctly uses the subjunctive “be tested.” However, the placement of the prepositional phrase “for all lakes and streams” after “be tested” is awkward and can be misinterpreted to mean that the testing is “for” or “on behalf of” the lakes and streams. Instead, one would test “the mercury levels of all lakes and streams.”

(D) The non-underlined portion of the sentence contains the phrase "ordered that," which requires a clause containing the subjunctive mood. However, this choice uses "should be tested" instead of the subjunctive “be tested.”

(E) CORRECT. This choice correctly uses the subjunctive “be tested,” and correctly references the testing of “mercury levels,” replacing the incorrect “tested for mercury levels.”
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Good OE. I had rejected C thinking there is a wrong usage of preposition "for". Thanks livestronger for the post.
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New post 09 Apr 2014, 11:29
command rule is applied here , so be tested
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