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# The high court ordered that the charges against the teenager

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The high court ordered that the charges against the teenager were dropped.

A) against the teenager were dropped.
B) against the teenager be dropped.
C) against the teenager become dropped.
D) be dropped against the teenager.
E) against the teenager are dropped.

Pl. Pick your answer and explain your reason.

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04 Apr 2004, 18:51
I feel the answer should be B.

A - its not in active voice
C- become dropped -doesn't seem correct.
D- could also be the answer
E- may be right. but B alone has it in order form.

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04 Apr 2004, 19:33
kpadma wrote:
The high court ordered that the charges against the teenager were dropped.

A) against the teenager were dropped.
B) against the teenager be dropped.
C) against the teenager become dropped.
D) be dropped against the teenager.
E) against the teenager are dropped.

Pl. Pick your answer and explain your reason.

to be more clear, it the subjunctive mood thats required for "ordered".
please read my post in verbal lessons forum on subjunctive. it might help

B indeed should be the answer.

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04 Apr 2004, 20:24
Thank you all for the replies. I've narrowed it down to B and D, both of
which have the subjunctive mood. Then I choose D. The difference
between B and D is the placement of the prepositional phrase
"against the teenager". Could you folks help me why B is better than D.

Moreover, Could you point to any material that explains this concept.

Thanks
Kpadma.

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04 Apr 2004, 21:21
D makes the sentence very awkward. It is as if the charges were dropped "on" the teenager. Maybe there is an exact rule but it's as much I can say for refuting D
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04 Apr 2004, 21:23
Mercury is dropped against flat surface.
vs. Mercury against flat surface is dropped

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