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+ 1 for A. Subjunctive mood for verb "interview"
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I know that i'm replying after ages but couldn't find the explanation i had in mind so putting forth my reason for choosing A between A and C

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

C changes the meaning of the original sentence .. it says the procedure requires an officer to interview which makes it sound more like a vacancy to be filled .. i choose A as its the subjunctive mood and lays out the authority of the procedure clearly ...

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Require can go with both subjunctive and infinitive verb form...Both A and C seem to be correct and concise, unless concisation really mean to cut few more words from a sentence....I don't think Gmat will ever require to choose between 2 such options, and if it does it should be debatable

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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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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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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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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.


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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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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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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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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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321kumarsushant wrote:
after reading all the posts,

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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"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...."

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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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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.
Please read my post above for the rule of usage.

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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.

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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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