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# Doubts on mission critical modifiers "of X"

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28 Jan 2012, 04:56
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Hello guys,

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For the record, I'm preparing the GMAT for quite some time now. I'm done with the quantitative part (used Manhattan complete collection). I have just finished reviewing english grammar principles with Manhattan guide book and I'm practicing with Kaplan Premier (I apologize for my spelling, I really need to practice more... I'm not so used to write in English)

My doubts concern an SC question on Kaplan Premier 2012, Q° number 15 page 118 :
The newly elected baseball commissioner has asked that a federal arbitrator would mediate negociations between reprensentatives of the empire's union, which has threatened to go on strike, and the lawyers representing major league franchise owners.

In kaplan's correction, choices A, C and D have been eliminated for pretty fair reasons such as parallelism and bossy verb construction, leaving us wich 2 choices :
B : that a federal arbitrator mediate negociations between reprensentatives of the empire's union, which have threatened
E : that a federal arbitrator mediate negociations between reprensentatives of the empire's union, which has threatened

As you can see, the only defference between these 2 choices lies in the use of "has" (E) or "have" (B). Kaplan has choosen E because "which" should modify the term just before, which is "empire's union""which has".
My point is, according to an exception described in Manhattant SC guide page 234, mission critical modifiers like "of something" are supposed to be taken as a whole. Hence, we could consider "reprensentatives of the empire's union" the subject and select choice B "have".
In terms of meaning, I think both "the union" and "the representatives" can threaten to go on strike, so it can't be a deal breaker.
Another (most probable) possibility is that I failed to recognize a real "mission critical modifier". In this case, we should keep the initial meaning of the sentence : E "the union which has threatened".

What do the experts think ?
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28 Jan 2012, 10:35
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you may perhaps like to review the given choices in the following perspective

1. The relative pronoun ‘which’ can not refer to ‘representatives’, because representatives have to be represented by “who”, rather than ‘which’

2. Actually the object of the clause namely ‘negotiations’ is also a potentially eligible referent; the problem, however, is that negotiations cannot threaten.

So, whatever way you may see, ‘which’ can only refer to the union logically.
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