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................. that engineers do not restrict themselves to technical matters.

A) The engineering curriculum has long required
B) Many potential leaders were of the opinion
C) The courses involved substantial reading and writing assignments
D) The aim was to attract a wider audience
E) He acquired a sophisticated knowledge of scientific and technical matters

"A" is the suggested correct answer. " Ok., but I found the question a little awkward; It looks like it was composed by someone who isn't a native of English or doesn't have a great command of English.what do you think? To say, is the question a gualified one for a nationwide ELT Profiency exam?

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It sounds fine to me.
I think A is the only answer, and the phrasing of the sentence seems OK to me. But let's wait for more opinions. EDIT: Nona's seen it too, it must be OK.

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I probably would have picked B for grammatical correctness. I don't like the inclusion of 'do' if the answer is to be A. "The curriculum requires that they not restrict..." sounds better to me. Someone might argue that for B, 'do' would have to be 'did', but I don't think so.
DavkettI probably would have picked B for grammatical correctness. I don't like the inclusion of 'do' if the answer is to be A. "The curriculum requires that they not restrict..." sounds better to me.

Someone might argue that for B, 'do' would have to be 'did', but I don't think so.
I agree with your objection to A (do not is 5 times less frequent than not at Yahoo in negative subjunctives).

However, I find B a worse fit.
Marius HancuHowever, I find B a worse fit.

I would be interested in your reason, if you could give it a whirl, MH.

I was picturing a gathering of potential candidates for the title of Project Leader. These candidates were each interviewed on the subject of the role of the engineers on a major, billion dollar NASA project. The result of these interviews were tabulated , and it was reported that "Many potential leaders were of the opinion that engineers do not restrict themselves to technical matters."

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For B, I think 'do' should be 'should'.
>I would be interested in your reason, if you could give it a whirl, MH

Oh, I just felt B was long-winded or pretentious, what with "potential leaders" being interviewed and so on. But I see your point about it being imaginable.

However, I would modify that at least to:

"Many potential leaders were of the opinion that engineers in general do not restrict themselves to technical matters."
Nona The BritFor B, I think 'do' should be 'should'.
I can see that, too, Nona.

But the B statement, as it stands, does not seem ungrammatical to me; it simply suggests that the opinion of the potential leaders (in my scenario) is expressed on the question of their general perception of what engineers do or do not do, not on what engineers should do.

EDIT: Sorry, Marius, I was [slowly] thinking and typing to Nona, and didn't see your post. I must reply to you that I don't find the B sentence, or the rationale for it, long-winded, or pretentious, at all.
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