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# Standard police procedure requires that an officer interview

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29 Nov 2013, 14:27
There seems to be disagreement on why C is incorrect.

According to the lesson in MGMAT SC guide, "that" is NOT optional in the command subjunctive. Therefore, C is out of the question.
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07 Dec 2013, 08:56
we can have both 'that' and 'an infinitive' with require.
both A and C are grammatically correct. but A is more concise as the 2nd 'to interview' in C is redundant.
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14 Dec 2014, 02:22
require is one of the 9 verbs for which subjunctive rule comes into play. this rule states that whenever the word that is preceded by anyone of the 9 verbs then verb following that should be in pure form. The 9 verbs are propose,require, recommend,request,insist,suggest,mandate,ask,demand.
e.g. Olivia insisted(1 of nine subjunctive verbs) that Tyler save(pure form of verb SAVE) Luke.
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28 Dec 2014, 01:09
As mentioned in MGMAT SC Page 114 (Chapter 7):

"Verbs that take EITHER the Command Subjunctive OR the Infinitive:
ask, beg, intend, order, prefer, urge, require (pay particular attention to require)
We require THAT HE BE here. OR We require HIM TO BE here."

We cannot eliminate answer choice solely because of this.

metallicafan wrote:
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.

Hope it helps.

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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

Require can be used in two ways-

Require that X + subjunctive verb

Require X + infinitive form of verb

A is correct;.
C is correct as far as the idiomatic usage of require is concerned but goes wrong in the latter half with false parallelsim-separately rather than to interview them together
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03 Jun 2015, 18:11
swatirpr 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
(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

Cant we eliminate Option "C" by this rule -- rather than is used for comparison between nouns and clauses. The option C has a prepositional phrase following rather than ??
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03 Jun 2015, 18:59
venkat18290 wrote:
swatirpr 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
(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

Cant we eliminate Option "C" by this rule -- rather than is used for comparison between nouns and clauses. The option C has a prepositional phrase following rather than ??

Yes, you are correct. For A rather than B, both A and B need to be in the same part of speech to maintain parallelism. Only option A does that.
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06 Aug 2016, 06:46
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.!

"A" can only be the right answer as it uses term "REQUIRE"which is subjunctive verb.
subjunctive verb (like require, demand, propose, recommend, etc ) + that + subject + verb (must be plural).

In gmat, normally we can not use "require to...."

Hopefully this will clear your doubt. Good luck
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06 Aug 2016, 06:46
This topic have been merged with: http://gmatclub.com/forum/topic-87933.html
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16 Oct 2016, 07:19
Dear Folks,

If A is correct- then , an officer is singular and should be followed by interviews (singular- She interviews, they interview),

Hence it should be

SPP requires than an officer interviews witness separately rather than together (option A has interview)

Isn't it?
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17 Oct 2016, 03:42
Alchemist87 wrote:
Dear Folks,

If A is correct- then , an officer is singular and should be followed by interviews (singular- She interviews, they interview),

Hence it should be

SPP requires than an officer interviews witness separately rather than together (option A has interview)

Isn't it?

No that would be incorrect.

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03 Jan 2017, 12:07
The OA is correct and explanations provided in the thread appear sufficient. If there are any specific questions, please post them here and then click again on the "Request Expert Reply" button – closing this request.
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03 Jan 2017, 12:36
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The OA is correct and explanations provided in the thread appear sufficient. If there are any specific questions, please post them here and then click again on the "Request Expert Reply" button – closing this request.

My understanding is that "rather than " is used for comparing clauses or verb,however here noun "together " is used.Please clarify
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04 Jan 2017, 23:29
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sayantanc2k wrote:
The OA is correct and explanations provided in the thread appear sufficient. If there are any specific questions, please post them here and then click again on the "Request Expert Reply" button – closing this request.

My understanding is that "rather than " is used for comparing clauses or verb,however here noun "together " is used.Please clarify

"Together" is an adverb, not a noun.

Nonetheless "rather than" can be used to join even nouns. "Rather than" is more general than "instead of" and can be used to join phrases, clauses, nouns, verbs or adverbs, whereas "instead of" can only join nouns or noun phrases.
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07 Jan 2017, 01:50
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manchat wrote:
sayantanc2k wrote:
The OA is correct and explanations provided in the thread appear sufficient. If there are any specific questions, please post them here and then click again on the "Request Expert Reply" button – closing this request.

My understanding is that "rather than " is used for comparing clauses or verb,however here noun "together " is used.Please clarify

"Together" is an adverb, not a noun.

Nonetheless "rather than" can be used to join even nouns. "Rather than" is more general than "instead of" and can be used to join phrases, clauses, nouns, verbs or adverbs, whereas "instead of" can only join nouns or noun phrases.

Thanks.That was usefull!!
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24 Jan 2017, 11:21
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The OA is correct and explanations provided in the thread appear sufficient. If there are any specific questions, please post them here and then click again on the "Request Expert Reply" button – closing this request.

Hello sayantanc2k,

Could you please explain why option C is incorrect ?

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25 Jan 2017, 03:55
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Hello sayantanc2k,

Could you please explain why option C is incorrect ?

Thanks

C is not wrong gramatically, but it could be more concise. Repeating "to interview them" makes this option wordy.
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05 Sep 2017, 06:21
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C is not wrong gramatically, but it could be more concise. Repeating "to interview them" makes this option wordy.[/quote]

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_new) Standard police procedure requires an officer to interview witnesses separately rather than 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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So what the priority between "Require that Verb (without to)" and "Require to + Verb"?
Which option to cjoose in this case - A or C_new?
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21 Dec 2017, 12:29
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Hi, I was wondering could you please explain the difference between option A and C? I was able to get down to these two options but ended up picking the wrong option even though I knew option A was more concise and beautiful. I was wondering if there are any specific grammatical errors in option C? Also, if you could please explain the difference between "require that" and "require to", I would immensely appreciate it as well!

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21 Dec 2017, 12:53
csaluja wrote:
Hi, I was wondering could you please explain the difference between option A and C? I was able to get down to these two options but ended up picking the wrong option even though I knew option A was more concise and beautiful. I was wondering if there are any specific grammatical errors in option C? Also, if you could please explain the difference between "require that" and "require to", I would immensely appreciate it as well!

Thank You!

Dear csaluja,

I'm happy to respond.

Choice (C) is 100% grammatically correct, but it's clunky and awkward. By repeating words in the second branch of the parallelism, it creates a repetitive redundant effect that the GMAT abhors. See:
Dropping Common Words in Parallel on the GMAT

In general, many students labor under the misconception that the GMAT SC is primarily a test of grammar, that grammar is the most important element tested. This is patently false. On a well-written sentence on the GMAT SC, grammar and logic and rhetoric all work together to support meaning. The students who pay attention to grammar are missing more than half the story, and the GMAT specifically designs incorrect answer choices that are grammatically correct, such as (C), to ensnare such students.

Both "requires that A do X" and "requires A to do X" are idiomatically correct. For more on idioms, see:
GMAT Idiom Flashcards

Does all this make sense?
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