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# The new contract forbids a strike by the transportation

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The new contract forbids a strike by the transportation [#permalink]

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The new contract forbids a strike by the transportation union
A) forbids a strike by the transportation union
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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Re: Idiom correctness - sgjg1 [#permalink]

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21 Feb 2009, 21:43
sgjg wrote:
The new contract forbids a strike by the transportation union
A) forbids a strike by the transportation union
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

The correct idiom is forbid...to.
Eliminate B and D which uses wrong idiom.
C is long and wordy.
E is awkward.
Even though A does not have the idiom in forbid...to form, forbid by itself is acceptable. I am going to go with A.
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Re: Idiom correctness - sgjg1 [#permalink]

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21 Feb 2009, 22:24
sgjg wrote:
The new contract forbids a strike by the transportation union
A) forbids a strike by the transportation union
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

A is clear and concise.

All other options have modifier issues or distorts the original meaning.

B,D -- looks like forbids "transportation union"

Also "Forbid X from Y" is not idiomatic
"Forbid X to do Y" is correct idiom
"Prohibit X from Y" is correct idiom
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Re: Idiom correctness - sgjg1 [#permalink]

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23 Feb 2009, 01:28
forbid to
Prohibit from
The law FORBIDS any citizen TO VOTE twice(Manhattan)
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Re: Idiom correctness - sgjg1 [#permalink]

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23 Feb 2009, 02:17
I will also go with A.

B and D are out for wrong use of "from".
C and E do not supply object to transitive verb "forbid".

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