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07 Jul 2006, 02:07
I think the only reason A is eliminated is because you need to have the right subject to "require that x do something".. In this case, "requiring..." refers to the hazard area. Therefore, it should be requiring government officials to agree to have the area razed.

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07 Jul 2006, 22:01
ensheep wrote:
I think the only reason A is eliminated is because you need to have the right subject to "require that x do something".. In this case, "requiring..." refers to the hazard area. Therefore, it should be requiring government officials to agree to have the area razed.

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I didn't catch you fully...
In this case, requiring of (E) has the same subject as in (A).

Many say here in this thread that idiom "Require x to do y" is correct.Thus E. But what about the other idiom which is correct too "require that x do y"?

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07 Jul 2006, 22:41
zoom612 wrote:
....requiring that x y with x as the noun subject and y the unconjugated form of the verb.... paradigm.

Doesn't (A) follow the rule provided above? Are we missing something in the meaning of the sentence??

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07 Jul 2006, 23:41
I was trying to say that, in order to "require that x do something," you need the right "subject", such as a human being, or an organization. With the right subject, then the subconjunction rule applies.

In the sentence, neither railroad roadbed nor hazard area is able to do the action of "requiring". Therefore, A require that B do something is not the proper use here.

On the other hand, "requiring x to do something" can be a sentence which describes the condition of the hazard area. Therefore, it is proper to use "requiring x to do" when the subject cannot perform the action of "requiring".

This is the only explanation I can reason with this question... oh wellz... please correct me if i am wrong.

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08 Jul 2006, 01:41
Ensheep, don't you think that in this sentence ,'requiring that government officials agree to have the area razed' , goverment officials is the subject!!

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08 Jul 2006, 15:53
zoom612, "government officials" is the subject of the second phrase, but it does not refer to the subject who "requires"

Usually, it is:
I require that he go to school on time everyday. "I" is the subject, not "he".

The company requires that everyone wear suit. The company is the subject, not "everyone".

On the other hand, this sentence is in past perfect. Doesn't that make "requiring that government official" have agreed"?

Anyway, I am lost, lol

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