160.An attempt to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, begun : GMAT Sentence Correction (SC)
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# 160.An attempt to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, begun

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160.An attempt to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, begun almost two decades ago, has been unsuccessful despite efforts by many important groups, including the National Organization for Women.
(A) to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, begun almost two decades ago,
(B) begun almost two decades ago, for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment
(C) begun for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment almost two decades ago
(D) at ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, begun almost two decades ago,
(E) that has begun almost two decades ago to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

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31 May 2004, 00:29
A is my Choice

Attempt + to is right idiom in this case..

A, E are contenders ..

But "that" is redundant in E and chioce E is wrody...

A is precize and correct
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31 May 2004, 01:30
What's the official answer? Choice D is also a good one. An attempt at is an equally correct usage, and I would say even preferable in this case.
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31 May 2004, 09:40
An attempt to ratify the equal rights amendment has been unsuccessful despite efforts by many important groups, inclusind the national organization for women.

I just took out the modifier after the comma.

attem to - is the correct idiom

A - is the best choice
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31 May 2004, 20:32
I will go with E
Shouldn't it be "began" instead of "begun" in A?

I thought the usage of "begun" is gramatically incorrect in A
Correct me if I am wrong ...
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01 Jun 2004, 05:20
I will go for (E), but for a different reason.

(A) is incorrect because it is a run on sentence problem.
to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, begun almost two decades ago It was an Atempt and not Equal Rights Amendment that begun two decaded ago!

This is made clear in (E).

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01 Jun 2004, 05:31
mba wrote:
I will go for (E), but for a different reason.

(A) is incorrect because it is a run on sentence problem.
to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, begun almost two decades ago It was an Atempt and not Equal Rights Amendment that begun two decaded ago!

This is made clear in (E).

E is incorrect; orthodox grammar books state that the present perfect tense may not be used with specific past tense markers.

that has begun almost two decades ago
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01 Jun 2004, 06:38
anandnk wrote:
An attempt to ratify the equal rights amendment has been unsuccessful despite efforts by many important groups, inclusind the national organization for women.

I just took out the modifier after the comma.

attem to - is the correct idiom

A - is the best choice

A is indeed the best without the modifier. But "the modifier" in A makes the sentence similar to what I made up myself:
"antiglobalization campaign, taken place in Paris, has been unsuccessful.."
That's an unknown structure for me.

Anandnk, is this modifier gramatically correct?
The second question is whether GMAC employs such modifiers on the real test as correct ones?

P.S. My choice was E.
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01 Jun 2004, 09:05
E IMO
I don't think 'that' is superflous in choice E, in fact it is necessary in this particular choice (choice E that is).

what's the OA?
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01 Jun 2004, 18:53
i also thought as srijay007.....
but answer given in Sc by Big B ....A
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01 Jun 2004, 20:07
baruna

Do you need more help here? I think the guys have done a good job at explaining the answer. let us know
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01 Jun 2004, 23:46
Some more explanation will help me for sure!

Can some explain why (A) is right (Even though as I said earlier, (A) looks like a misplaced modifier, then still why it is right and why (E) is wrong).
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02 Jun 2004, 13:54
I think i m fine with the answer now ..thanks to all
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