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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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IMO A

in subjunctive mood the verb is always plural(interview)
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Very confused between A and C.
Both A and C are grammatically correct, but I think "Standard police procedure requires to interview" is better than "require that an officer interview".
Because this is a "standard police procedure", a must do, not just a suggestion that officer should do, officers have to do so, so "require to do" is correct.
Hence C.
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ya very right its A
Command subjunctive for bossy verbs(require,propose etc)
...hence bare form of the verb(interview) without "s" will be used

Example: We Propose that the school band DISBAND
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27 Nov 2009, 11:38
C - infinitive 'to interview' is preferred
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IMO A

in subjunctive mood the verb is always plural(interview)

I really never came across this rule. Will have to double and triple check. But an interesting rule though. +1 added both to swatirpr for a wonderful question and you too for this amazing new rule I have learnt today.
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for subjunctive mood the verb should be in base form without the to
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Very confused between A and C.
Both A and C are grammatically correct, but I think "Standard police procedure requires to interview" is better than "require that an officer interview".
Because this is a "standard police procedure", a must do, not just a suggestion that officer should do, officers have to do so, so "require to do" is correct.
Hence C.

Yes, I also think they both are grammatically correct but A is more concise.

both 'Require that' and 'Require to' are correct

Require takes either command subjunctive or the infinitive

Require + that + subject + Base Verb (Infinitive without To)
Require + (to + Base Verb)

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28 Nov 2009, 10:37
swatirpr wrote:
fall2009 wrote:
Very confused between A and C.
Both A and C are grammatically correct, but I think "Standard police procedure requires to interview" is better than "require that an officer interview".
Because this is a "standard police procedure", a must do, not just a suggestion that officer should do, officers have to do so, so "require to do" is correct.
Hence C.

Yes, I also think they both are grammatically correct but A is more concise.

both 'Require that' and 'Require to' are correct

Require takes either command subjunctive or the infinitive

Require + that + subject + Base Verb (Infinitive without To)
Require + (to + Base Verb)

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That means OA is A, right?
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28 Nov 2009, 10:54
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That means OA is A, right?

Yes, OA is A.
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01 Dec 2010, 07:30
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C - infinitive 'to interview' is preferred

yes i agree, but i think the rule does not apply in this case as C is wordy for using "interview" 2 times.
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01 Dec 2010, 07:46
Can anyone explain why in A, even though the subject " officer" is singular, we can still use a singular verb " interview" rather than " interviews" ?? Thats why i was leaning towards C and E.
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01 Dec 2010, 07:47
Both questions were good today.
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Can anyone explain why in A, even though the subject " officer" is singular, we can still use a singular verb " interview" rather than " interviews" ?? Thats why i was leaning towards C and E.

if you eliminate some details in this sentence, you will see the structure "require + that + S + Verb" . When you see the structure "require + that + S-V" you should immediately think of subjunctive mood which the Verb will be used in bare infinitive verb.
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A requires that B interview witnesses separately rather than together. correct
A requires that B interviews witnesses separately rather than together incorrect
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01 Dec 2010, 08:57

i still believe that "C" is the right answer.

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

in this sentence, if you remove the word "to interview them", then it will be perfect,
but still its correct as i think.

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01 Dec 2010, 09:10
321kumarsushant wrote:

i still believe that "C" is the right answer.

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

in this sentence, if you remove the word "to interview them", then it will be perfect,
but still its correct as i think.

correct me if i m wrong.!

I concur with my friend sushant here, though i dont feel the need to remove anything from C in order to make it perfect.
Reading A, I was not clear whether "separately" and "together" were adverbs for officer or for witnesses. One may say that the sentence mentions 'an officer' and hence the aforementioned modifiers must be for witnesses, but wouldnt it be all the more confusing if "separately" and "together" referred to "an officer"?

C (though a little wordier than A) eliminates that confusion.

@321kumarsushant: Looks like you and I'd have answered this one incorrectly on exam day
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01 Dec 2010, 09:29
I had a tough time deciding between A and C again.
But I think the only problem with C is that "rather than to.." in this the "to" is redundant. if this to wasn't there it would have been really tough to disprove. Tough choice sometimes.
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01 Dec 2010, 10:10
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321kumarsushant wrote:

i still believe that "C" is the right answer.

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

in this sentence, if you remove the word "to interview them", then it will be perfect,
but still its correct as i think.

correct me if i m wrong.!

I concur with my friend sushant here, though i dont feel the need to remove anything from C in order to make it perfect.
Reading A, I was not clear whether "separately" and "together" were adverbs for officer or for witnesses. One may say that the sentence mentions 'an officer' and hence the aforementioned modifiers must be for witnesses, but wouldnt it be all the more confusing if "separately" and "together" referred to "an officer"?

C (though a little wordier than A) eliminates that confusion.

@321kumarsushant: Looks like you and I'd have answered this one incorrectly on exam day

@vaibhav : we have a reasonable doubt. you cant say whether we 'd be right or wrong until this doubt is clear.
can you tell me, apart from this discussion where can i get the Answer of all posted problems?
your help 'd be really appreciable.
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01 Dec 2010, 10:20
Subj. mood

require+that+to be

A
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thephoenix wrote:
IMO A

in subjunctive mood the verb is always plural(interview)

I really never came across this rule. Will have to double and triple check. But an interesting rule though. +1 added both to swatirpr for a wonderful question and you too for this amazing new rule I have learnt today.

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