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# Where once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its

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Where once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members by supporting the imposition of an alien tax on immigrant workers, after 1897 the United Mine Workers made a determined effort to enlist Italians and Slaves in its ranks.
(A) Where once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members by supporting
(B) Where once the union acquiesced to its English-speaking members' prejudices for the support of
(C) While once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members in support of
(D) While once the union acquiesced to its English-speaking members' prejudices in supporting
(E) While once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members in its supporting of

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31 Jan 2005, 01:30
Tense and idiom problem.

C uses the proper sequence of tense and proper idiom => .................... in support of...........
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31 Jan 2005, 03:33
(C)

Two past events are referred to in the sentence. One (the union acquiescing to the prejudices...) had occured prior to the other (United Mine Workers made a determined effort to...). Therefore, the prior event is qualified by the correct tense: had acquiesced
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31 Jan 2005, 05:42
HongHu wrote:
Where once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members by supporting the imposition of an alien tax on immigrant workers, after 1897 the United Mine Workers made a determined effort to enlist Italians and Slaves in its ranks.
(A) Where once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members by supporting
(B) Where once the union acquiesced to its English-speaking members' prejudices for the support of
(C) While once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members in support of
(D) While once the union acquiesced to its English-speaking members' prejudices in supporting
(E) While once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members in its supporting of

C.

We should use while to contrast.
eliminate A, B

Besides, in support of is idiomatic, and past perfect tense is better.
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31 Jan 2005, 06:38
Sorry,May be I am wrong but I think A is best here.

Well I eliminated C, D, E because of the use of "while" ....well the general construction in context of tenses and contrast of "while is always like

while X happened/was happening...........Y took place"

So A is Best in my opinion.

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31 Jan 2005, 07:18
I don't understand this sentence. but i'll pick C.
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31 Jan 2005, 09:18
OA is (A) but I think it is wrong, unless somebody could convince me otherwise.
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31 Jan 2005, 09:33
"A" for me....I think "while" is not correct...."where" properly conveys the meaning that the union's position on a certain issue has changed, I think "while" shud be used when there is a question of time.
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31 Jan 2005, 09:37
Good problem. good explanations
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31 Jan 2005, 09:53
Previous explanations to the same problem:
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... =alien+tax
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... =alien+tax

A little analysis on the use of "where" which does not only denote locations:
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... ng+members
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31 Jan 2005, 10:48
A

A is better than all other choices. "by supporting" is better than "in support of", "in supporting of" etc.

Also, C, D. and E change the meaning of the sentence. B keeps the meaning but grammatically wrong.

However, Microsoft Word Spell Checker doesn't like option A.
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31 Jan 2005, 20:21
So Paul, let me generalize this. Please tell me if I am wrong

"where" could refer to "location", or "condition"
"while" only refer to "time"
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31 Jan 2005, 23:16
"where" refers to location or when used as a conjunction, it also means "with respect to". The latter is not as common as the former, obviously. You can see examples 3-b and 4-b from the Webster dictionary: http://www.webster.com/cgi-bin/dictionary

"while" usually refers to time but when used as a conjunction, it can also mean "whereas".
eg. While he is the richest, I am the happiest.
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31 Jan 2005, 23:16
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