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# Standard police procedure requires that an officer interview

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01 Dec 2010, 06:47
Both questions were good today.

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01 Dec 2010, 06:52
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Wayxi wrote:
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, 07:57

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, 08:10
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, 08:29
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, 09:10
vaibhavtripathi wrote:
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, 09:20
Subj. mood

require+that+to be

A
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01 Dec 2010, 09:31
BarneyStinson wrote:
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.

it s one of the more important rules in SC
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01 Dec 2010, 12:24
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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
I'm not sure if "rather than.." is an idiom but it sounds right. The sentence is to the point and maintains the correct tenses.
(B) A requirement, according to standard police procedure, is that an officer interview witness separately rather than interviewing them together
The pronoun "them" is referring to witness but witness needs to be plural for this sentence to be correct.
(C) Standard police procedure requires an officer to interview witnesses separately rather than to interview them together
"rather than to" is awkward
(D) It is required in standard police procedure that an officer interviews witnesses separately, not together
If witnesses is used than "interview" will need to be the verb.
(E) Standard police procedure requires that an officer interviews witnesses separately rather than together
Interviews witnesses is incorrect. It should be interview witnesses.

(edit: I didn't even catch the subjunctive like everyone else in this thread. I think the only reason I got this one was because it sounded right.)

I will need to be on the lookout for this type of sentence construction.
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01 Dec 2010, 13:21
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Got the same problem to choose between A and C.
Chose A because it was more concise.

Subjonctive required when using the following verbs:
Propose
Require
Request
Recommend
Insist
Suggest
Mandate
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01 Dec 2010, 20:50
321kumarsushant wrote:

@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?
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When I am not satisfied with an explanation, I usually search for an explanation on MGMAT's site too and usually get a good explanation. Rarely it also turns out that MGMAT confirms my answer.
However, not being a student of MGMAT, I cant post my doubts there. My access is read-only.
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01 Dec 2010, 21:17
vaibhavtripathi wrote:
321kumarsushant wrote:

@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.

When I am not satisfied with an explanation, I usually search for an explanation on MGMAT's site too and usually get a good explanation. Rarely it also turns out that MGMAT confirms my answer.
However, not being a student of MGMAT, I cant post my doubts there. My access is read-only.

You can use your email adress to sign up using Mgmat forum. I've used my account when i registered for Mgmat free test to join the forum regularly. I will recommend you to browse some explantions of Ron Purewall, Manhattan staff. His explanation is awesome.
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01 Dec 2010, 22:33
what you are saying is "there is no reference which will give the exact correct answer of the asked question"
Explanation is excellent and has to carried out but there has to be sol/Ans for each and every question.
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02 Dec 2010, 07:17
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
Correct. Command Subjunctive mood is being used here. USe the same form of verb that is used to give a command: - Officer, interview witnesses seperately rather than together.
(B) A requirement, according to standard police procedure, is that an officer interview witness separately rather
than interviewing them together
multiple problems: 1) long 2) interview should have been interviews 3) witness should have been witnesses
(C) Standard police procedure requires an officer to interview witnesses separately rather than to interview them together
Command subjunctive is required
(D) It is required in standard pole procedure that an officer interviews witnesses separately, not together
awkward
(E) Stanard police procedure requires that an officer interviews witnesses separately rather than together
verb problem- command subjunctive

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05 Dec 2011, 22:12
Subjunctive mood plural form of the verb interview is requried. IMO A
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06 Dec 2011, 02:00
Confused between A & C.. Went with C .

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06 Dec 2011, 06:22
+1 A

I think C changes the meaning.
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06 Dec 2011, 06:39
Hi All, I am new to community as well in english rules.
Please let me know why it can't be option D?
why we cannot use "interviews witnesses"?

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06 Dec 2011, 06:49
Navpre wrote:
Hi All, I am new to community as well in english rules.
Please let me know why it can't be option D?
why we cannot use "interviews witnesses"?

Because some verbs, called bossy verbs, require the subjunctive mood:

(bossy verb) + THAT + noun/pronoun + verb (in base form)

You have to memorize the list of bossy verbs. The MGMAT SC book has a good list of them.

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06 Dec 2011, 07:03
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+1 A

I think C changes the meaning.

How does C change meaning? Please explain.

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