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To practice road safety, a driver should insist firmly that every pass

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To practice road safety, a driver should insist firmly that every passenger fastens their seatbelt.

a. passenger fastens their seatbelt
b. seatbelt of every passenger be fastened
c. passenger's seatbelt is fastened
d. passenger fasten their seatbelt
e. passenger's seatbelt be fastened

Originally posted by target2015 on 28 Jun 2015, 01:50.
Last edited by Mahmud6 on 07 Nov 2017, 03:47, edited 1 time in total.
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Why not (D)


two points.
1) insist is subjunctive mood, and the choice E and D both follow the same..
2)Now the reason separating the two choices.. 'every' requires a sigular pronoun and not 'their'..
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Their should be avoided.

Eg.
Everyone take out their books. (their refers to singular Every) - Wrong construction

Everyone take out his or her books ( refers correctly) - Correct construction
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Why C, passenger's seatbelt is fastened, is wrong?
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Why C, passenger's seatbelt is fastened, is wrong?


"Insist that" requires the command subjunctive. Using "is" as the verb is incorrect - the correct verb is "be" that you see in answer choice E.

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New post 22 May 2018, 11:54
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To practice road safety, a driver should insist firmly that every passenger fastens their seatbelt.

a. passenger fastens their seatbelt - need "his" - one of mistakes anyway
b. seatbelt of every passenger be fastened - every of every - does not sound. What, each passenger has some belts? No.
c. passenger's seatbelt is fastened
d. passenger fasten their seatbelt - again, SV agreement.
e. passenger's seatbelt be fastened


We choose E because "insist" requires the infinitive without "to". (Kind of bossy words).
Examples:
ask, demand, desire, prefer, recommend, require, recommendation, requirement, suggest, suggest, urge, mandate, request, order, propose
it is essential/important, necessary that
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INSIST every passenger TO fasten their seat-belts
OR
INSIST THAT every passenger's seat-belts BE Fastened.

Damn i missed to use this concept even when i knew it.

The Answer should be E.
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jieshap wrote:
Why C, passenger's seatbelt is fastened, is wrong?


"Insist that" requires the command subjunctive. Using "is" as the verb is incorrect - the correct verb is "be" that you see in answer choice E.

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but doesn't E make it passive types... which gmat avoids... what is the error in the original sentence which is A
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New post 09 Sep 2018, 11:59
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KyleWiddison wrote:
jieshap wrote:
Why C, passenger's seatbelt is fastened, is wrong?


"Insist that" requires the command subjunctive. Using "is" as the verb is incorrect - the correct verb is "be" that you see in answer choice E.

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but doesn't E make it passive types... which gmat avoids... what is the error in the original sentence which is A


a. passenger fastens their seatbelt
The problem is SV agreement. "Passenger" - singular. "Their" - plural.
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New post 21 Jan 2020, 05:17
Dear Friends,

Here is a detailed explanation to this question-

target2015 wrote:
To practice road safety, a driver should insist firmly that every passenger fastens their seatbelt.

a. passenger fastens their seatbelt
b. seatbelt of every passenger be fastened
c. passenger's seatbelt is fastened
d. passenger fasten their seatbelt
e. passenger's seatbelt be fastened


Choice A: This answer choice displays subject-verb disagreement between "passenger" and "their". Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice B: This answer choice incorrectly implies that each passenger has multiple seatbelts, through the phrase "every seatbelt of every passenger". Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice C: This answer choice incorrectly utilizes the verb "is", rather than the correct verb "be"; as the action of fastening seatbelts is referred to by the verb "insist", the subjunctive mood must be applied. Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice D: This answer choice displays the subject-verb disagreement found in Option A. Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice E: This answer choice maintains subject-verb agreement, applies the subjunctive mood, and conveys the intended meaning of the sentence. Thus, this answer choice is correct.

Hence, E is the best answer choice.

To understand the concept of "Subjunctive Mood on GMAT", you may want to watch the following video (~20 minutes):



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IDIOMS, BOSSY VERB STRUCTURE

First, the bossy verb structure for verbs such as stipulate, dictate, insist, etc. is the following

THAT + SUBJECT + BASE VERB

The BASE VERB is equal to the INIFINITIVE without "to"

Example: Base verb for TO GO = GO



To practice road safety, a driver should insist firmly that every passenger fastens their seatbelt.

a. passenger fastens their seatbelt ------ "fastens" is incorrect. The base verb "fasten" should be used.

b. seatbelt of every passenger be fastened -------- wordy and repetitive "every seatbelt of every passenger"

c. passenger's seatbelt is fastened -------- "is" is wrong, as the base verb "be" should be used.

d. passenger fasten their seatbelt --------- pronoun "their" incorrectly refers to singular "every passenger"

e. passenger's seatbelt be fastened ------ CORRECT
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