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# 16. One of Ronald Reagan’s first acts as President was

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16. One of Ronald Reagan’s first acts as President was to rescind President Carter’s directive that any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States be prohibited from sale to other countries.
(A) that any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States be prohibited from sale to other countries
(B) that any chemical be prohibited from sale to other countries that was banned on medical grounds in the United States
(C) prohibiting the sale to other countries of any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States
(D) prohibiting that any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States is sold to other countries
(E) that any chemical banned in the United States on medical grounds is prohibited from being sold to other countries
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01 Oct 2003, 09:23
A looks allright.. parallel and tense usage is allrite.. rest all have some problem or the other. C is a close call but usage of "sale of" is misplaced.
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01 Oct 2003, 11:04
Vicky wrote:
16. One of Ronald ReaganтАЩs first acts as President was to rescind President CarterтАЩs directive that any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States be prohibited from sale to other countries.
(A) that any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States be prohibited from sale to other countries
(B) that any chemical be prohibited from sale to other countries that was banned on medical grounds in the United States
(C) prohibiting the sale to other countries of any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States
(D) prohibiting that any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States is sold to other countries
(E) that any chemical banned in the United States on medical grounds is prohibited from being sold to other countries

Vicks...did you see the use of subjunctive here..

A is best.
"Prohibit from" is Idiomatic.

B has a misplaced modifier...

B comes close, but it unneccessarily seperates the phrase "any chemical banned on medical grounds" ...its gives the impression that "any chemical" be prohibited from sale to other countries that was banned on medical grounds in the US

C, D are out ...unidiomatic construction...

E... Does not use subjunctive ....changes the tense to present tense.
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01 Oct 2003, 19:21
I agree with the others, the answer must be A.

Also, I would discard choices C and D because it is not clear whether is ReaganтАЩs act or CarterтАЩs directive that prohibited the sale.
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02 Oct 2003, 06:21
i also picked A.
Now that all have endorsed it, i am sure the correct answer is A.
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02 Oct 2003, 09:53
Vicky wrote:
i also picked A.
Now that all have endorsed it, i am sure the correct answer is A.
thanks for the inputs

Vicky..what is the source of this SC.

Does it have a explanation?

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02 Oct 2003, 10:02
Vicky wrote:
i also picked A.
Now that all have endorsed it, i am sure the correct answer is A.
thanks for the inputs

C looks fine save for the redundant OF before any countries.
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02 Oct 2003, 20:26
source is GMAT +
No man, it does't give any explaination.
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03 Oct 2003, 13:39
Vicky wrote:
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No man, it does't give any explaination.

ok..after looking everywhere..i stumbled over this fact...

i got the idiom right, but the usage wrong.

Prohibit from + gerund ....CORRECT USAGE

A...prohibit from + the sale ( the sale is a noun)...WRONG USAGE

A,B are out..

A correct version would have prohibit from selling

so A and B are out right there

and i dont even need to get started on D and E

clearly C..

A lesson well learned!

Keep posting all...

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25 May 2011, 18:26
A looks better and straight. C looks little awkward, starting with prohibiting
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25 May 2011, 20:28
usage of command subjunctive rescind here...with a that ...be ..and sale (verb in base form) usage.
Sale is the main action verb in the second part of the sentence.

prohibit from is the correct idiom and not prohibit to.

A it is.
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