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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 Italian 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 its English-speaking members' 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 members' 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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07 Apr 2009, 16:38
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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 Italian 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 its English-speaking members' 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 members' prejudice in supporting
E) While once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members in its supporting of

1) Here we need "while" - sentence express time and so we need while. A, B wrong.
2) "after" - After express time sequence clearly and so we need here simple tense for both sentences "acquiesced"
3) "its" - it represent "union" (reflexive pronoun)

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08 Apr 2009, 04:55
What is OA? IMO C.
Two actions in the past so the first once should be "had acquiesced".

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

1) Here we need "while" - sentence express time and so we need while. A, B wrong.
2) "after" - After express time sequence clearly and so we need here simple tense for both sentences "acquiesced"
3) "its" - it represent "union" (reflexive pronoun)

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08 Apr 2009, 12:03
IMO C. One action happened in the past before the other. Therefore, had is required.

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08 Apr 2009, 13:32
C too.

While is needed and not Where.

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08 Apr 2009, 21:10
My bet is on D. But I disagree with the reason 2). Actually C could be right too if we tweak sentence like-
While once the union had acquiescence to the prejudices of its English-speaking members in support of
it might work. Problem here is we can't use verb after had.. we need adjective or noun there.

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08 Apr 2009, 22:59
To compare the lightning-fast genius of playwright Tom Stoppard with the pedestrian efforts of some of his contemporaries is to compare the exquisite bouquet of a fine wine with that of ordinary grape juice.

(A) To compare the lightning-fast genius of playwright Tom Stoppard with the
pedestrian efforts of some of his contemporaries is to compare the exquisite bouquet of a fine, wine with that of ordinary grape juice.
(B) To compare the lightning-fast genius of playwright Tom Stoppard with the pedestrian efforts of some of his contemporaries is comparing the exquisite bouquet of a fine wine with that of ordinary grape juice.
(C) Comparing the lightning-fast genius of playwright Tom Stoppard with the pedestrian efforts of some of his contemporaries is to compare the exquisite bouquet of a fine wine with ordinary grape juice.
(D) Comparing the lightning-fast genius of playwright Tom Stoppard with the pedestrian efforts of some of his contemporaries is like comparing the exquisite bouquet of a fine wine with ordinary grape juice.
(E) To compare the lightning-fast genius of playwright Tom Stoppard with the pedestrian efforts of some of his contemporaries is to compare a fine wine’s bouquet with ordinary grape juice’s bouquet.

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12 Apr 2009, 03:26
The past perfect verb 'had' plus another verb is used to indicate a past action taking place before another past action.

So here first past action is had acquiesced
and the subsequent past action is after 1897 the United Mine Workers made .....

I go with C

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12 Apr 2009, 12:03
hi mates,

IMO C

because after the comma, "after 1987" appears, "while" is needed. Thefore, A and B out.

Then, after the comma, the sentence uses simple past, therfore, past perfect is needed in the previous one, because the previous sentence describes and action that started in the past and ends in the past too. Thefore, D out.

Now between C and E, "in supporting" sounds better to me.

OA and Source?

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13 Apr 2009, 09:34
C.
in support of is correct.
"Had" is required to show the time difference between the events

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15 Apr 2009, 09:38
C give the correct meaning and acquiesced to is closer to the prejudices

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15 Apr 2009, 20:08
I think C

Where once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members by supporting[/u] the imposition of an alien tax on immigrant workers, after 1897 the United Mine Workers made a determined effort to enlist Italian and Slavs in its ranks.

A) Where once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members by supporting --> where and by supporting are not suitable here
B) Where once the union acquiesced to its English-speaking members' prejudice for the support of --> the same as (A), also past simple tense of the main verb is not correct
C) While once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members in support of --> in support of is the best, also while is the most suitable and the past perfect tense of the main verb
D) While once the union acquiesced to its English-speaking members' prejudice in supporting --> mentioned errors
E) While once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members in its supporting of --> mentioned errors

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

Why C is wrong ??
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IMO A

Where is better than while, I think, because while describes a continuous action, but here in the context, this is an momentary action

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 -->best. Where is correct. past perfect tense also appropriate describes an action happened before another action in the past. The original meaning is: The union supported the imposition of tax ... to acquiesce to the prejudices of its ...
(B) Where once the union acquiesced to it English-speaking members’ prejudice for the support of --> past simple is not good enough. Besides, this choice means that the union agrees to the prejudice that it will support the imposition of tax ... --> distorting original meaning
(C) While once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members in support of -->while is flawed, same distorted meaning as B
(D) While once the union acquiesced to its English-speaking members’ prejudice in supporting -->same errors as C's. Past tense is also flawed
(E) While once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members in its supporting of -->same errors as C's. Besides, in its supporting of is more wordy

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18 May 2009, 03:57
I chose A over C: "had acquiesced....by supporting" seems more idiomatic than "had acquiesced....in support of".

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

Why C is wrong ??

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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 - right one
(B) Where once the union acquiesced to it English-speaking members’ 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 members’ prejudice in supporting
(E) While once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members in its supporting of

We need to use other options, not 'while'. By use of 'while' we're making both parts of sentence going simultaneously, while the 1st part happened earlier.
IMHO, (A)

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06 Sep 2009, 07:01
This is number 925 from the 1000 series.

The OA given is A, which I too don't agree with. I chose C.

Correct me if am wrong, but "where" should be used to denote a place.

Some people argue that "while" is a continuous action, however, the use of past perfect "had" takes care of this.

Can someone explain clearly, preceisely why A should be the right answer, if it is the right answer.

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This is number 925 from the 1000 series.

The OA given is A, which I too don't agree with. I chose C.

Correct me if am wrong, but "where" should be used to denote a place.

Some people argue that "while" is a continuous action, however, the use of past perfect "had" takes care of this.

Can someone explain clearly, preceisely why A should be the right answer, if it is the right answer.

Thanks.

According to GMAT rules the answer should not be A.

I'm going with C in this one. The past perfect is preferred in this situation to establish the relation between the two events.

C) the prejudices of its English-speaking members in support of

its English-speaking members' prejudice in supporting ---> unpacking --->

D) the prejudice of its English-speaking members in supporting

In option C prejudices is plural, what I think makes more sense.
I think in support of is preferred to in supporting

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hi,
i feel the usage of where is not wrong here....
and what stands out in favour of A is the usage of 'by supporting'...
ask a ques' how had the union acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members?'
and the ans would be 'the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members by supporting[/u] the imposition of an alien tax on immigrant workers' and not in supporting...
only A follows it
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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 members’ 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 members’ prejudice in supporting
(E) While once the union had acquiesced to the prejudices of its English-speaking members in its supporting of

Can someone please explain? I don't agree with the OA

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