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# A President entering the final two years of a second term is

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A President entering the final two years of a second term is likely to be at a severe disadvantage and is often unable to carry out a legislative program.
(A) likely to be at a severe disadvantage and is often unable to
(B) likely severely disadvantaged and often unable to
(C) liable to be severely disadvantaged and cannot often
(D) liable that he or she is at a severe disadvantage and cannot often
(E) at a severe disadvantage, often likely to be unable that he or she can
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29 Jul 2009, 15:43
Out of all the 5 choices A is concise and I dont see anything with it.

What is wrong with D?
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10 Aug 2009, 08:08
IMO A
B - likely severely is awkward
C & D - awkward, besides I feel it should be often cannot not cannot often. It changes meaning you see.
E - awkward.
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10 Aug 2009, 09:24
(B) likely severely disadvantaged and often unable to[wrong]-likely severely is not correct
(C) liable to be severely disadvantaged and cannot often[wrong]-liable cannot replace like
(D)- same problem as C
(E) at a severe disadvantage, often likely to be unable that he or she can[wrong]-wordy he or she not needed

i go with A

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15 Sep 2010, 11:40
OA is A, thanks.
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15 Sep 2010, 11:49
You can cross out C, D, E pretty easy. A is correct because "likely to be disadvantaged" is idiomatic. Note that the "is" in the second part of the parallel structure is optional.
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15 Sep 2010, 12:01
A is the correct answer, but can anyone please explain the reason why.
I decided this through POE...which sounded right to my ears from a adverb, subject and tence wise...
any detailed explanation will be greatly appreciated.
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IMO A
B - likely severely is awkward
C & D - awkward, besides I feel it should be often cannot not cannot often. It changes meaning you see.
E - awkward.

Agree with hemantsood. +1 for A
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03 Dec 2011, 17:49
+1 A

Parallelism is the key in this question.
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A President entering the final two years of a second term is likely to be at a severe disadvantage and is often unable to carry out a legislative program.
(A) likely to be at a severe disadvantage and is often unable to
(B) likely severely disadvantaged and often unable to
(C) liable to be severely disadvantaged and cannot often
(D) liable that he or she is at a severe disadvantage and cannot often
(E) at a severe disadvantage, often likely to be unable that he or she can

The correct idioms are:

X is likely to Y
X is unable to Y

Only answer choice A give us all of these correct idioms.

Any form of the verb to be indicates a state of being. The subject, which is a noun, cannot be an adverb. The subject can be only an adjective or another noun.

Mary is happy. (noun = adjective)

Mary is an astronaut. (noun = noun)

Not: Mary is quickly. (A noun cannot = adverb).

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