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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 Slavs 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 it English-speaking membersâ€™ prejudice 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 membersâ€™ prejudice 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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16 Jun 2004, 13:21
boksana 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 Slavs 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 it English-speaking membersâ€™ prejudice 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 membersâ€™ prejudice in supporting

(E) While once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members in its supporting of

Tough choice between C & D, at least for me.

A& B are out - I believe that the sentence contrasts two things, therefore, we should use 'while', not 'when'.

E - out because of how awkward 'in its supporting of' sounds

I think that because the first action [the support of tax on immigrant workers] happened earlier, we should use Past Perfect. If I'm right, then C is the best answer.

Also, is the situation with D 'in supporting' - correctly called a dangling modifier?
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16 Jun 2004, 20:48
it comes down to either C or A.

a states that the union had accomplished whatever by supporting the imposition of tax. in other words, supporting the imposition of tax is what made it possible to accoplish whatever.

C changes the meaning of the sentence by stating that the union had accomplished whatever in support of imposition of tax.

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16 Jun 2004, 21:09
boksana 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 Slavs 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 it English-speaking membersâ€™ prejudice 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 membersâ€™ prejudice in supporting
(E) While once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members in its supporting of

The answer should be C. Acquiesced should be followe by "in". So, A & B are out. Between C & D, prejudices of its mekmbers is better than members' prejudice. So D is out. E is awkward.
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16 Jun 2004, 21:47
boksana 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 Slavs 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 it English-speaking membersâ€™ prejudice 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 membersâ€™ prejudice in supporting
(E) While once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members in its supporting of

is it A?
union agreed to the prejudices "by doing what?" -- by supporting the imposition of the law.

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17 Jun 2004, 09:42
In GMAT, While is used as "at the same time". So, C,D, and E are out.

Of A and B, A is the correct answer.

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17 Jun 2004, 10:10
hmmmm Intresting though...

my guess is E though it may ''seem '' awkward it best describes the sentence to ''throw'' a perfect meaning if not a more clearer one!

A and B are out as the non-underlined area goes ''after 1897'' which means comparision of different times so the use of ''where'' is awkward

also the ''its'' is not so awkward I belive for ''its = the union' and it rightly desribes it so ... ( I could well be wrong )

hope that helps! yes C was my second fav but ''in support of'' sounds real awkward...
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18 Jun 2004, 01:25
In GMAT, While is used as "at the same time". So, C,D, and E are out.

Of A and B, A is the correct answer.

WHERE means geographic location and so is not applicable to a period of time. We should use WHILE. Since we have a date in the past (1897) and a past tense verb after that (MADE), we should employ a past perfect tense verb (HAD ACQUIESCED) to describe an event before the date. Out of all the options, E offers both aspects.

Vote for E.

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