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# The new contract forbids a strike by the transportation

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02 Dec 2003, 10:57
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The new contract forbids a strike by the transportation union.

(A) same
(B) forbids the transportation union from striking
(C) forbids that there be a strike by the transportation union
(D) will forbid the transportation union from striking
(E) will forbid that the transportation union strikes
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This kind of a weird question.

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02 Dec 2003, 11:41
i narrowed it to B and D....i will go with B though, hmmm...not too sure why, gut feeling...although i do not necessarily see a problem with D..

i think D has a slightly different meaning than B....it's not clear whether we are talking about the contract in the present tense (if we were i would go with B) or are we talking about a contract in development and discussing its future restrictions (then i would go with D)

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02 Dec 2003, 17:57
I'll choose B
There is no "will" meaning in origin setence, so tbe D and E are out.....
C has "there be" is awkardly for the sentence.

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02 Dec 2003, 18:26
OG question no. 100, it says "forbid to" is the correct phrase,
"forbid from" is wrong. i m not sure. so i won't choose a,b, or c. whats official ans?
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02 Dec 2003, 18:41
I beg to differ.

OG 100 says no such thing ... infact it says, and I quote, "Either of the following constructions would be idiomatic here: x forbids y to do z or x forbids y from doing z

D and E are incorrect because they make the statement a fact in the future which is not implied in the original sentence. I choose B.

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03 Dec 2003, 07:00
Interestingly the answer is A! Bit weird but true.

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03 Dec 2003, 09:39
"A" puts the subject right beside the verb. The contract forbids a strike. The sentence is grammatically correct, terse, in the proper tense, and unambiguous.

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03 Dec 2003, 09:54
Agreed that it places the subject ....

But now the structure reads "forbids X by Y" ... which may be correct .. is it??
If the above is correct then "A" is correct as GMAT rule says 'don't fix what is not broken".

But is there anything specifically wrong with B??

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04 Dec 2003, 07:00
I think this is a weird question because how can you decide between an action and subject noun that is to be forbidden?

I think the latter is more preferred to use the correct "english". whacky question...

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15 Jan 2011, 09:35
I think the answer is B because it is grammatically right and concise. A is unambiguous because readers don't know whether the new contract forbids strikes organized by the union, or the new contract is proposed by the union.
This question is similar to one example in page 22 of the MGMAT 4th e.
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15 Jan 2011, 10:38
between A and B i am confused why it should be A....what is wrong with B?
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15 Jan 2011, 17:38
There is no confusion

D and E with will is out

C is wordy

A forbids a strike by the transportation union wrong......

OA ???'
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16 Jan 2011, 07:32
Quote:
Interestingly the answer is A! Bit weird but true.

answer is A . that is why the confusion. got it??
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16 Jan 2011, 17:05
oh gosh .........A ???

i'm dazed and confused.......I think: striking suggest an action by transportation union that is prohibited during a time frame (one day, 20 years.........) under a contract, not a single event.

yet, gramatically is correct. for me fit the best.

Again I found this

Correct idiom is x forbids y to do z or x prohibits y from doing z thus A is equivalent to - The new contract forbids the transportation union to strike

B - incorrect - unidiomatic - ...forbid...from.. http://www.bartleby.com/68/83/2583.html

C - incorrect - wordy - ..there be...

D, E - incorrect - use of will is wrong....simple present tense is required here. Further contract (singular) so we need forbids(singular).

So, if we say:

The new contract forbids the transportation union to strike

OR

The new contract forbids THE strike BY the transportation union

OR

The new contract forbids the transportation union from striking

----- is the same thing.

For me say: forbids A strike etc.....is wrong, to strike in this sense is a ban. hence b should be the answer.
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31 Jan 2011, 17:57
Great..23sec...A is correct.

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31 Jan 2011, 20:25
A is correct as the correct idiom is 'forbid somebody to do something' and not 'forbid somebody from doing something'. So, B,D & E are gone. C is unnecessarily wordy.

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Re: SC: Forbid Strike!   [#permalink] 31 Jan 2011, 20:25
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