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# Most state constitutions now mandate that the state budget

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Most state constitutions now mandate that the state budget be balanced each year.

(A) mandate that the state budget be balanced
(B) mandate the state budget to be balanced
(C) mandate that the state budget will be balanced
(D) have a mandate for a balanced state budget
(E) have a mandate to balance the state budget

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18 Jun 2009, 00:28
A - B/C of subjunctive form I believe.

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18 Jun 2009, 02:32
B...the correct form of usage is mandate the X to be

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18 Jun 2009, 05:25
"Mandate that" is the right idiom...My votes for C....
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18 Jun 2009, 08:04
Its A IMO .

Mandate that the state budgets be balanced ..

through B seems also correct..

Whats that OA ?

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18 Jun 2009, 11:02
Most state constitutions now mandate that the state budget be balanced each year.

(A) mandate that the state budget be balanced
(B) mandate the state budget to be balanced
(C) mandate that the state budget will be balanced
(D) have a mandate for a balanced state budget
(E) have a mandate to balance the state budget

Ans shud be A.

When a subjunctive is used the verb form is: That + infinitive form of verb (without the word to) . Hence B is negated.
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19 Jun 2009, 07:11
"A" seems right to me. It is subjunctive mood used here: mandate that + the infinitive without "to"
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10 Jul 2010, 22:40
A seems to be the correct answer . What is the OA
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10 Jul 2010, 22:47
this is subjuctive question. A it is.

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Most state constitutions now mandate that the state budget be balanced each year.
(A) mandate that the state budget be balanced
(B) mandate the state budget to be balanced
(C) mandate that the state budget will be balanced
(D) have a mandate for a balanced state budget
(E) have a mandate to balance the state budget

how to eliminate E ??

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Most state constitutions now mandate that the state budget be balanced each year.
(A) mandate that the state budget be balanced
(B) mandate the state budget to be balanced
(C) mandate that the state budget will be balanced
(D) have a mandate for a balanced state budget
(E) have a mandate to balance the state budget

how to eliminate E ??

"Mandate" is a special verb which can impose subjunctive mood on the sentence. So the above sntence is an example of subjunctive mood. The sentence formation for subjunctive mood is-
........mandate that [subject] [infinitive verb without to] [rest of the sentence]
Hence, A is the only correct answer.

There are other verbs like request, demand propose, mandate etc which imposes subjunctive mood on the sentence.

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21 Oct 2010, 23:53
vanidhar wrote:
Most state constitutions now mandate that the state budget be balanced each year.
(A) mandate that the state budget be balanced
(B) mandate the state budget to be balanced
(C) mandate that the state budget will be balanced
(D) have a mandate for a balanced state budget
(E) have a mandate to balance the state budget

how to eliminate E ??

its a case of subjunctive mood, so infinitive verb form cant be used
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01 Jan 2011, 09:23
Mandate is a bossy word. It doesn't require any thing only be can use..A

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01 Jan 2011, 14:47
why 'have a mandate' is wrong?. I went with E

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(A) mandate that the state budget be balanced
(B) mandate the state budget to be balanced --> Looks like state constitutions are giving a mandate to the state budget
(C) mandate that the state budget will be balanced
(D) have a mandate for a balanced state budget --> Changes meaning
(E) have a mandate to balance the state budget --> Changes meaning
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14 Jul 2011, 21:58
+1 A

mandate THAT..... verb (subjunctive)
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14 Jul 2011, 22:35
GMAT probably never has so simple Q nowadays
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14 Jul 2011, 23:29
A. Most..... Mandate that ........ be......(Subjunctive)

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19 Aug 2011, 12:12
When mandate is used to mean "make it mandatory" it must be followed by that and a verb in subjunctive mood.

The subjunctive is a special kind of present tense, using an infinitive that has no –s in the third person singular.
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