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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 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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New post 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

please explain the answer


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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New post 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

please explain the answer


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

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New post 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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