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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

A. that a federal arbitrator would mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened

B. that a federal arbitrator mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which have threatened

C. of a federal arbitrator that he mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which have threatened

D. a federal arbitrator that he mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened

E. a federal arbitrator to mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened

PLS EXPLAIN YOUR ANSWERS
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New post 08 Aug 2008, 00:02
I think it is E because it is concise.

A: "would" called for possibility. Here he is asking to do.
B: "have" is wrongly used. "has" qualifies here
C: "he" is ambiguously defined
D: "he" is ambiguously defined

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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

A. that a federal arbitrator would mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened

B. that a federal arbitrator mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which have threatened

C. of a federal arbitrator that he mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which have threatened

D. a federal arbitrator that he mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened

E. a federal arbitrator to mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened

PLS EXPLAIN YOUR ANSWERS
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Umpire's union is singular. Hence A, D and E remain.

A - would is not needed.

E is the right choice.

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New post 08 Aug 2008, 14:27
I would go with B: Since this is a request by someone, it falls under subjunctive mood, so the answer must have the verb infinitive form without the "to" (to mediate). The negotiations here are between the representatives and requires a plural verb "have". Wondering if I have missed something.

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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

A. that a federal arbitrator would mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened

B. that a federal arbitrator mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which have threatened

C. of a federal arbitrator that he mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which have threatened

D. a federal arbitrator that he mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened

E. a federal arbitrator to mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened

PLS EXPLAIN YOUR ANSWERS

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B for me

For correct use of subjunctive

It's "representatives" of union, who threatened ; so "have" is correct

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prateek11587 wrote:
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

A. that a federal arbitrator would mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened

B. that a federal arbitrator mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which have threatened

C. of a federal arbitrator that he mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which have threatened

D. a federal arbitrator that he mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened

E. a federal arbitrator to mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened

PLS EXPLAIN YOUR ANSWERS
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This is a subjunctive form asked that suits the best here .
again one more point here is mismatch between uniop... which have
hence eliminate B,C,E,A
D is the only option left

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Re: SC: Baseball Commissioner [#permalink]

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New post 08 Aug 2008, 20:50
GUYS THE OA IS E

GUYS CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE EXPLAIN THE RULE FOR SUBJUNCTIVE..??

I CHOSE D FOR THE SAME REASON (SUBJUNCTIVE) AND IGNORED E..ALTHOUGH E INDIVIDUALLY IS CORRECT,BUT I CHOSE D OVER E..

AM I DOING SOMETHING WRONG AS FAR AS SUBJUNCTIVE IS CONCERNED ??

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I too thought the answer to be 'D' considering it a subjunctive. Can somebody explain why it is 'E' and not 'D'?

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Why That? Ask is not a bossy verb(Subjunctive). E holds good.
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+1 E

D is wrong because the idiom is incorrect: "a federal arbitrator that he mediate"
It should be: "a federal arbitrator TO MEDIATE"
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I chose E.
'has' refers to 'union' and that is subject/verb agreement, and the placement of the which clause is immediately after 'union'... which is necessary, no?

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Meant to add: D is incorrect because rather than "that he mediate," it should be "to mediate"

B is incorrect because 'have threatened' should refer to the union, not the representatives.

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I too thought the answer to be 'D' considering it a subjunctive. Can somebody explain why it is 'E' and not 'D'?


"he" in D is ambiguous. Answer shud be E.

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So even though the correct ans is E. I am curious about ans choice B. Would it have been correct if it said "that a federal arbitrator mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened"
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please could someone provide an explanation to my question ?

So even though the correct ans is E. I am curious about ans choice B. Would it have been correct if it said "that a federal arbitrator mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened"
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indeed E is the correct answer. But I had confusion with usage of "which". "Which" refers to noun just before it. In case of prepositional phrase, "which" refers to noun before the preposition. Here the noun before prepositional phrase is "representatives", which in this case is living thing. So, "which" cannt refer to" representatives" so refers to "union".
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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

A. that a federal arbitrator would mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened

B. that a federal arbitrator mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which have threatened

C. of a federal arbitrator that he mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which have threatened

D. a federal arbitrator that he mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened

E. a federal arbitrator to mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened

Can someone please explain me in this sentence which is modifying union or representatives, and how to identify it?

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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

A. that a federal arbitrator would mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened

B. that a federal arbitrator mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which have threatened

C. of a federal arbitrator that he mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which have threatened

D. a federal arbitrator that he mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened

E. a federal arbitrator to mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened

Can someone please explain me in this sentence which is modifying union or representatives, and how to identify it?


Here "which" is modifying "umpire's union".
From my experience in most of the cases it is safe to say as a general rule that which modifies the noun immediately preceding the comma (umpire's union in this particular case). But I would end by saying that before applying this strategy make sure that "which" does make some sense when describing the noun it is modifying because in rare case this rule might not stick.

And it has to be supported by "has" as "union" is a singular entity. E is the right answer for me as well.
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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

A. that a federal arbitrator would mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened

B. that a federal arbitrator mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which have threatened

C. of a federal arbitrator that he mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which have threatened

D. a federal arbitrator that he mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened

E. a federal arbitrator to mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened

Can someone please explain me in this sentence which is modifying union or representatives, and how to identify it?


Here "which" is modifying "umpire's union".
From my experience in most of the cases it is safe to say as a general rule that which modifies the noun immediately preceding the comma (umpire's union in this particular case). But I would end by saying that before applying this strategy make sure that "which" does make some sense when describing the noun it is modifying because in rare case this rule might not stick.

And it has to be supported by "has" as "union" is a singular entity. E is the right answer for me as well.


I do not think it can modify umpire's union. It should be modifying representatives. Umpire's union is in the propositional phrase
and so which should be modifying representatives and hence "E" is not correct to me.

"B" seems to right. It is subjunctive form and it has "have" at the end.
Where is this question in. I like to know the source.

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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

A. that a federal arbitrator would mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened

B. that a federal arbitrator mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which have threatened

C. of a federal arbitrator that he mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which have threatened

D. a federal arbitrator that he mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened

E. a federal arbitrator to mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened

Can someone please explain me in this sentence which is modifying union or representatives, and how to identify it?


Here "which" is modifying "umpire's union".
From my experience in most of the cases it is safe to say as a general rule that which modifies the noun immediately preceding the comma (umpire's union in this particular case). But I would end by saying that before applying this strategy make sure that "which" does make some sense when describing the noun it is modifying because in rare case this rule might not stick.

And it has to be supported by "has" as "union" is a singular entity. E is the right answer for me as well.


I do not think it can modify umpire's union. It should be modifying representatives. Umpire's union is in the propositional phrase
and so which should be modifying representatives and hence "E" is not correct to me.

"B" seems to right. It is subjunctive form and it has "have" at the end.
Where is this question in. I like to know the source.


I take that back. you are right. E is the correct answer. When you see verb tense you see prepositional phrases but "which" should
modify the nearest noun.

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