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The newly elected baseball commissioner has asked that a federal arbitrator would mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened to go on strike,and the lawyers representing major league franchise owners

A. that a federal arbitrator would mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened

B. that a federal arbitrator mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which have threatened

C. of a federal arbitrator that he mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which have threatened

D. a federal arbitrator that he mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened

E. a federal arbitrator to mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which has threatened

I understand that "which" refers to "umpires union" since union can go on strike not representatives.

But I read that "which" can only refer to (noun)+preposition+(noun). Following this, would you please let me know whether this sentence would be true!
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The newly elected baseball commissioner has asked that a federal arbitrator would mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,]which consist of 4 people from each city,and the lawyers representing major league franchise owners
P.s: beatthegmat.com management, I posted this item in 15 minutes with my ipad, I beg you provide an easier solution shortly Smile
[/quote]It should be singular!

IMO:E

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IMO; E

.... has asked a federal arbitator
not asked of or asked that ==> eliminate a, b, and c
choice c says "a federal arbitrator that he" not only it is wordy but also the use of "that" here is wrong ==> the answer will be E

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The newly elected baseball commissioner has asked that a federal arbitrator would mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which consist of 4 people from each city,and the lawyers representing major league franchise owners.

I will not answer the question directly Smile. I will pose a follow-on question:
Is this sentence correct:
Representatives consist of 4 people from each city.
Union consists of 4 people from each city.
Group consists of 4 people from each city.

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The newly elected baseball commissioner has asked that a federal arbitrator would mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which consist of 4 people from each city,and the lawyers representing major league franchise owners.

I will not answer the question directly Smile. I will pose a follow-on question:
Is this sentence correct:
Representatives consist of 4 people from each city.
Union consists of 4 people from each city.
Group consists of 4 people from each city.
Please correct me if am wrong!

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Answer B

This sentence uses the subjunctive verb. So, the root form of the verb mediate is required

Union, Group are singular nouns, so the verb consists is correct. Representatives is plural

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IMO E and the reasoning is same as described by GmatKiss.

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GmatKiss wrote:
Representatives consist of 4 people from each city.
Union consists of 4 people from each city.

Please correct me if am wrong!
Ok so now you yourself said that sentence 1 "Representatives consist of 4 people from each city." is not correct. In the light of this, now is your original sentence (reworded) correct?

The newly elected baseball commissioner has asked that a federal arbitrator would mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which consist of 4 people from each city,and the lawyers representing major league franchise owners.

Note that the red colored portion is similar to the incorrect sentence 1 discussed above.

And once you answer this question, you would have addressed your doubt on your own. Smile

Will wait for your answer.

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e-GMAT wrote:
The newly elected baseball commissioner has asked that a federal arbitrator would mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which consist of 4 people from each city,and the lawyers representing major league franchise owners.

I will not answer the question directly Smile. I will pose a follow-on question:
Is this sentence correct:
Representatives consist of 4 people from each city.
Union consists of 4 people from each city.
Group consists of 4 people from each city
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I think both 2nd and 3rd are correct.

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Yes 3rd is also correct. The only difference between 2nd and 3rd is the change of collective noun - union changed to group. I just threw it in the mix for some context. But as such to answer the original query, I only needed the analysis of sentence 1 and 2. Smile

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What's the OA?

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Is it correct to say in general ''X of Y'' should be treated with merely X or Y?? I mean in ''representatives of the umpire's union,which...'' ''which'' should refer to representatives BUT as long as which can NOT refer to people(representatives), it refers to Union in this case. Or this logic is wrong and straightforward we have to say which refers to [Y=union]?? Am I right? If not, can you please correct me in terms of ''X of Y'' cases?

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Hi Payal,

My original answer was E. But now I shall choose B.

However, I am not convinced completely for this. If we say Representatives.....have....Than dont you think we should have an option using WHO instead of Which.

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e-GMAT wrote:
GmatKiss wrote:
Representatives consist of 4 people from each city.
Union consists of 4 people from each city.

Please correct me if am wrong!
Ok so now you yourself said that sentence 1 "Representatives consist of 4 people from each city." is not correct. In the light of this, now is your original sentence (reworded) correct?

The newly elected baseball commissioner has asked that a federal arbitrator would mediate negotiations between representatives of the umpire's union,which consist of 4 people from each city,and the lawyers representing major league franchise owners.

Note that the red colored portion is similar to the incorrect sentence 1 discussed above.

And once you answer this question, you would have addressed your doubt on your own. Smile

Will wait for your answer.

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Payal
The which bolded represents the union and hence correct!
where as sentence 1, "Representatives consist of 4 people from each city" wrong!
am unable to get to the point here! Please help me with the take away.

thanks,
GK

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Above discussions are correct. Please also see in below image.

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Isn't of the union's a prepositional phrase, so how can that be the subject of the verb has?

Moreover, if we are referring to the individuals in a group, shouldn't the plural verb be used?

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