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# SC: fedral arbitrator

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Can anyone help me on that please

The newly elected baseball commissioner has asked <that a fedral arbitrator would mediate negotioations between representatives of the umpire's union, which has threatened> to go on strike ,and the lawyers representing major league franchise owners.

a. same

b. that a fedral arbitrator mediate negotioations between representatives of the umpire's union, which havethreatened

c. of a fedral arbitrator that he mediate negotioations between representatives of the umpire's union, which have
threatened

d. a fedral arbitrator that he mediate negotioations between representatives of the umpire's union, which has
threatened

e. a fedral arbitrator to mediate negotioations between representatives of the umpire's union, which has threatened

this one is from Kaplan. Ans given is E. but i think
"representatives of the umpire's union" is plural so it should be
"which have threatened".
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13 Dec 2003, 03:25
mbamantra wrote:
Can anyone help me on that please

The newly elected baseball commissioner has asked <that a fedral arbitrator would mediate negotioations between representatives of the umpire's union, which has threatened> to go on strike ,and the lawyers representing major league franchise owners.

a. same

b. that a fedral arbitrator mediate negotioations between representatives of the umpire's union, which have threatened

c. of a fedral arbitrator that he mediate negotioations between representatives of the umpire's union, which have
threatened

d. a fedral arbitrator that he mediate negotioations between representatives of the umpire's union, which has
threatened

e. a fedral arbitrator to mediate negotioations between representatives of the umpire's union, which has threatened

this one is from Kaplan. Ans given is E. but i think
"representatives of the umpire's union" is plural so it should be
"which have threatened".

E is the " best" answer.

"representatives of the umpire's union" => Not a Noun Phrase

which modifies the closest "noun", which in this case is umpires

union..which is the intended meaning of the sentence.

thanks
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13 Dec 2003, 06:17
praetorian123 wrote:
mbamantra wrote:
Can anyone help me on that please

The newly elected baseball commissioner has asked <that a fedral arbitrator would mediate negotioations between representatives of the umpire's union, which has threatened> to go on strike ,and the lawyers representing major league franchise owners.

a. same

b. that a fedral arbitrator mediate negotioations between representatives of the umpire's union, which have threatened

c. of a fedral arbitrator that he mediate negotioations between representatives of the umpire's union, which have
threatened

d. a fedral arbitrator that he mediate negotioations between representatives of the umpire's union, which has
threatened

e. a fedral arbitrator to mediate negotioations between representatives of the umpire's union, which has threatened

this one is from Kaplan. Ans given is E. but i think
"representatives of the umpire's union" is plural so it should be
"which have threatened".

E is the " best" answer.

"representatives of the umpire's union" => Not a Noun Phrase

which modifies the closest "noun", which in this case is umpires

union..which is the intended meaning of the sentence.

thanks
praetorian

IMO, all of the answers suck.

I don't like E because there is a difference between asking that a type of person do something and asking a spcific person of that type directly to do something.

For example:

"I asked that a fair judge preside over my trial" is not the same as
"I asked a fair judge to preside over my trial".

HOWEVER, E seems to be the only grammatically correct sentence so i suppose it is the "best" choice. But this question is a bad one, IMO.
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13 Dec 2003, 06:53
i didn't get it.

i think
"representatives of the umpire's union" is plural so it should be
"which have threatened

how do u explain that?
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13 Dec 2003, 11:26
but union is singular and that is what "which" here modifies and so "has" and not "have"

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13 Dec 2003, 17:19
mbamantra wrote:
i didn't get it.

i think
"representatives of the umpire's union" is plural so it should be
"which have threatened

how do u explain that?

the phrase starting with "which" modifies "union" not "representatives".
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01 Jul 2011, 10:43
+1 E

The structure is Ok: ask (noun) to (verb)
Union is singular; "has" is Ok.
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01 Jul 2011, 11:47
I know E changes meaning a bit, but out of given choices, E is the best.

To guys, who have doubts about "representatives" vs "union". Apart from what other posters have mentioned here about the concept of "closest noun", second point could be that "which" can never be associated with a person. And in this case with representative, "who" or "that" will be appropriate. Another way of looking at the same thing.
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