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The newly elected baseball commissioner has asked that a

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29 Jul 2013, 03:38
The newly elected baseball commissioner has asked that a federal arbitrator would mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened to go on strike,and the lawyers representing major league franchise owners

The given sentence asks for subjunctive mood. So as per the rule it should be something as below

"The newly elected baseball commissioner has asked THAT a federal arbitrator mediate negotiations between representative of the umpire's union,which has threatened to go on strike,and the lawyers representing major league franchise owners"

A. that a federal arbitrator would mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened
the usage of would is just not right here

B. that a federal arbitrator mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which have threatened
Now the subjunctive part is taken care of but Which can only refer to Union which is singular hence this is no good..also if someone thinks that "have" could refer to representatives, still we will need "who" as the pronoun .....so all in all which and have both cannot go together in this context

C. of a federal arbitrator that he mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which have threatened
asked of a federal arbitrator is very awkward and unidiomatic

D. a federal arbitrator that he mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened
he?? who?? who will mediate, the commissioner or the arbitrator.. he is ambiguous here

E. a federal arbitrator to mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened
This is a good option since now the sentence doesn't demand a subjunctive mood as the commisioner is actually asking the arbitrator to mediate

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27 Nov 2017, 19:22
this question is from Kaplan. I do not know whether the new kaplan textbook has modified the question and the option choices, but the question in the book 2017 has a different version, " a federal arbitrator to mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened."

For the version of this question, using POE, the choice that is left is E.
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