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Standard police procedure requires that an officer interview

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Standard police procedure requires that an officer interview witnesses separately rather than together.
(a) Standard police procedure requires that an officer interview witnesses separately rather than together
(b)A requirement, according to standard police procedure, is that an officer interview witness separately rather than interviewing them together
(C)Standard police procedure requires an officer to interview witnesses separately rather than to interview them together
(d)It is required in standard police procedure that an officer interviews witnesses separately, not together
(e)Standard police procedure requires that an officer interviews witnesses separately rather than together
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21 Jan 2008, 20:31
Choice B and C can be eliminated.
That leaves us with A, C or E. A and E end with rather than together, , which is incorrect usage and in choice B officer interviews is incorrect. That leaves us with choice C, which i think is the answer.
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21 Jan 2008, 20:42
why not A (subjunctive)?

requires that - officer - INTERVIEW
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21 Jan 2008, 21:11
I think "A" because "A" sounds more concise than "C".

If "rather than together" is incorrect, could you please explain in detail?

Thank you.
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21 Jan 2008, 21:13
nothing wrong with A. You need to have "requires that", and therefore, "interview", not "interviews"
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22 Jan 2008, 11:33
eyunni wrote:
Anything wrong with C?

I don't think anything is wrong with C grammatically, but the GMAT like brevity and conciseness. So A says the same thing with fewer words.

I dunno, I could be completely wrong.
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22 Jan 2008, 15:24
I don't understand why 'interviews' is incorrect!
There is only one officer ?

Can somebody explain it ?
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22 Jan 2008, 22:03
Subjunctive issue

(a) Standard police procedure requires that an officer interview witnesses separately rather than together (Hold it)
(b)A requirement, according to standard police procedure, is that an officer interview witness separately rather than interviewing them together (Changing the subject of the sentence – Eliminate it)
(C)Standard police procedure requires an officer to interview witnesses separately rather than to interview them together (Require subjunctive – to interview not required – eliminate it)
(d)It is required in standard police procedure that an officer interviews witnesses separately, not together (Changing the subject of the sentence – Eliminate it)
(e)Standard police procedure requires that an officer interviews witnesses separately rather than together (Require subjunctive – an officer interviews not required – eliminate it)

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23 Jan 2008, 08:59
I think (C) is subjunctive too. 'requires that X be Y' AND 'requires X to do Y' are both subjunctive. Anyone?
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24 Jan 2008, 06:05
eyunni wrote:
Standard police procedure requires that an officer interview witnesses separately rather than together.
(a) Standard police procedure requires that an officer interview witnesses separately rather than together

officer interview witnesses interviews is correct.

(b)A requirement, according to standard police procedure, is that an officer interview witness separately rather than interviewing them together

long wordy

(C)Standard police procedure requires an officer to interview witnesses separately rather than to interview them together

requires an officerchanges the sense

(d)It is required in standard police procedure that an officer interviews witnesses separately, not together

separately, not together
using comma here and omitting rather is wrong.

(e)Standard police procedure requires that an officer interviews witnesses separately rather than together

Correct!

"E". What is the OA?

And please explain if my explanation is wrong somewhere.
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24 Jan 2008, 07:28
I know for sure that E is wrong because of subjunctive mood.
Standard police procedure requires that an officer interviews witnesses separately rather than together

It has to be 'interview'. But I am confused between A and C. Just wanted to know if there is something wrong with C.
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24 Jan 2008, 07:48
C) is not subjunctive, It doesn't have that. Also 'to' shdn't be there in subjunctive.
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24 Jan 2008, 08:09
farend wrote:
C) is not subjunctive, It doesn't have that. Also 'to' shdn't be there in subjunctive.

It is subjunctive. You don’t need "that" always for subjunctive.
C is perfectly fine here and idiomatic.

X requires Y to [verb]
X requires that Y [verb]
both are fine and subjunctive.

So A and C both fine
The problem in C is twofold .
1 - not concise
2 - has "them" which does not have clear antencent.

So A is correct.
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24 Jan 2008, 09:33
'them' clearly refers 'witnesses'. I am not too sure about the rather than structure in option C but sounds ok to me. Is it only because of conciseness that you chose A?
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24 Jan 2008, 12:22
if "requires that" is the correct usage then A is the best option...
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25 Feb 2008, 20:26
I still don't get it. What's wrong with C? OA is A.
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25 Feb 2008, 21:45
eyunni,

The subordinate conjunction “rather than” plays a pivotal role in deciding between A and C.

In A: The subordinate conjunction modifies “an officer interview…” clause and provides an end effect - an officer interview witnesses separately rather than an officer interview witnesses together

In C: The subordinate conjunction modifies “Standard police procedure requires …” clause
Provides an end effect - Standard police procedure requires an officer to interview witnesses separately rather than Standard police procedure requires to interview them together. As you can see, focus is changed from an officer interviewing to procedure interviewing

I hope this helps!
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25 Feb 2008, 23:20

b,d are wordy
e ''interviews'' is singular
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26 Feb 2008, 08:21
I couldn't see any thing wrong with A and thus didn't bother going to other options.

Is this strategy ok?
Re: SC: Subjunctive mood   [#permalink] 26 Feb 2008, 08:21
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