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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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27 Nov 2009, 21:24
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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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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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13 Dec 2009, 12:46
thephoenix wrote:
lagomez wrote:
xcusemeplz2009 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

whats wrong with E

requires that an officer interview

not requires that an officer interviews

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14 Dec 2009, 00:50
OA IS
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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-->IMO correct

(b) A requirement, according to standard police procedure, is that an officer interview witness separately rather than interviewing them together-->not //

(c) Standard police procedure requires an officer to interview witnesses separately rather than to interview them together--> i can think of the grammar wrong here, i can see only that A is more concise

(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" is subjunctive V. Therefore, the verb after "require to" or "require that" has to be bare form verb (no -s, no -ed)--> eliminate E,D
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thephoenix wrote:
lagomez wrote:
xcusemeplz2009 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

whats wrong with E

requires - is a bossy verb and signals use of subjunctive verb form hence - ....requires that an officer interview....A is correct

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10 Aug 2010, 08:37
"requires" is the main verb and requires subjunctive form. Hence "requires that".

"interview" is the second verb is always in the infinitve form (without "to" and without "s")...just plain verb.

A is correct. C is also correct but I think it is wordy.

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"requires" is the main verb and requires subjunctive form. Hence "requires that".

"interview" is the second verb is always in the infinitve form (without "to" and without "s")...just plain verb.

A is correct. C is also correct but I think it is wordy.

Ok if c was

Standard police procedure requires an officer to interview witnesses separately rather than together ( if its possible in GMAT) which one should be prefer. The subjunctive form or c with IDIOM " requires X to do y " .
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11 Aug 2010, 15:19
On what grammar rule can we say no C other than being less wordy?

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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.
Pls correct me if i were wrong.
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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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