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The popular professors suggest that a university permits their failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education to pursue a different course of study at their leisure until they improve their grades.

A that a university permits their failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education to pursue

B universities to permit their failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education that they can pursue

C that a university permit its failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education to pursue

D universities permitting a failing student whose postgraduate education would otherwise be abandoned the pursuit of

E universities to permit a failing student whose postgraduate education would otherwise be abandoned the pursuit of
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The popular professors suggest that a university permits their failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education to pursue a different course of study at their leisure until they improve their grades.

A that a university permits their failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education to pursue

B universities to permit their failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education that they can pursue

C that a university permit its failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education to pursue

D universities permitting a failing student whose postgraduate education would otherwise be abandoned the pursuit of

E universities to permit a failing student whose postgraduate education would otherwise be abandoned the pursuit of


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i suppose suggest + that is necessary.... some one can correct me if i am wrong... also "a university permits" is wrong hence...
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Hi aaba,

Thank you for your quetsion. This one was trickly, so I took some time to look over this question, and I think I have a good strategy for answering it quickly.

One of the first things that jumped out at me when looking over the answers quickly was pronoun usage. So let's look over each answer, checking to make sure there are no vague pronouns or pronoun agreement issues:

A: that a university permits their failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education to pursue
This is a WRONG answer because the pronoun "their" is too vague. It's unclear whether that's referring to the professors' students or the university's students.

B: universities to permit their failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education that they can pursue
Since we're talking about a group of professors proposing one plan for failing students, it's more likely that the professors all work at the same university. Therefore, this is WRONG because it messes with the intended meaning.

C: that a university permit its failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education to pursue
This is CORRECT because the pronoun "its" is clearly referring to "a university," which is a collective noun that always gets a singular pronoun. There is no mistaking "its" as referring to the plural "professors."

D: universities permitting a failing student whose postgraduate education would otherwise be abandoned the pursuit of
This is WRONG because it uses the singular phrase "a failing student." This doesn't agree with the later plural phrase "until they improve their grades."

E: universities to permit a failing student whose postgraduate education would otherwise be abandoned the pursuit of
This is WRONG for the same reason as D - the use of the singular "a failing student" doesn't agree in number with the plural "until they improve their grades."

So, by looking at pronoun agreement and vague pronouns alone, we can easily narrow it down to one correct answer!
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C because of the need of the subjunctive construction :D
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In C shouldn't it be University permits
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The popular professors suggest that a university permits their failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education to pursue a different course of study at their leisure until they improve their grades.

A that a university permits their failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education to pursue

B universities to permit their failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education that they can pursue

C that a university permit its failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education to pursue

D universities permitting a failing student whose postgraduate education would otherwise be abandoned the pursuit of

E universities to permit a failing student whose postgraduate education would otherwise be abandoned the pursuit of

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In C shouldn't it be University permits
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The popular professors suggest that a university permits their failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education to pursue a different course of study at their leisure until they improve their grades.

A that a university permits their failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education to pursue

B universities to permit their failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education that they can pursue

C that a university permit its failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education to pursue

D universities permitting a failing student whose postgraduate education would otherwise be abandoned the pursuit of

E universities to permit a failing student whose postgraduate education would otherwise be abandoned the pursuit of


Hi Adi,

the sentence is in subjunctive mood (command/demand/suggestion/necessity). In subjunctive mood, the most basic form of verb is used. (no -s at the end)

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that a university permit its failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education to pursue - Can anyone tell me if a singular WHO CAN Follow the plural Students ?
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that a university permit its failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education to pursue - Can anyone tell me if a singular WHO CAN Follow the plural Students ?

Who is relative pronoun, which did not care about singular or plural u have to chose verb accordingly wrt singular or plural.

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that a university permit its failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education to pursue - Can anyone tell me if a singular WHO CAN Follow the plural Students ?


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Who vs whose is not a determining factor in this Q. Did you get to PoE ie knowing why an option is incorrect?

I think you are concentrating more on active vs passive voice when there are few other issues to worry about.

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that a university permit its failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education to pursue - Can anyone tell me if a singular WHO CAN Follow the plural Students ?

Hi renjana, all relative pronouns (including who) can refer to both singular and to plural nouns.

For example, both the following are correct:

i) The child who visits me, is in grade III.
- who refers to singular child

ii) The children who visit me, are in grade III.
- who refers to plural children

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IMO C

A and E -- Pronoun issue
B and D -- Meaning issue.
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The popular professors suggest that a university permits their failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education to pursue a different course of study at their leisure until they improve their grades.

A that a university permits their failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education to pursue

B universities to permit their failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education that they can pursue

C that a university permit its failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education to pursue

D universities permitting a failing student whose postgraduate education would otherwise be abandoned the pursuit of

E universities to permit a failing student whose postgraduate education would otherwise be abandoned the pursuit of
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In C shouldn't it be University permits
Please help

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The popular professors suggest that a university permits their failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education to pursue a different course of study at their leisure until they improve their grades.

A that a university permits their failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education to pursue

B universities to permit their failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education that they can pursue

C that a university permit its failing students who would otherwise abandon postgraduate education to pursue

D universities permitting a failing student whose postgraduate education would otherwise be abandoned the pursuit of

E universities to permit a failing student whose postgraduate education would otherwise be abandoned the pursuit of
Hello Adi,

I'll help you if you don't mind.

The word suggest is a subjunctive verb. And hence needs a subjunctive verb structure.

Structure- subjunctive verb+ that + subject + plural verb.

There is a list of subjunctive verbs which you shld memorise.

Second distinction between answer choices for POE is the pronoun usage - university is singular entity hence should be followed by a singular pronoun.

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