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An attempt to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, begun

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1. 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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 [#permalink] New post 14 May 2005, 09:27
Upon first reading:

Dont really have a problem with the sentence. No glaring errors.


Answers:

A) keep A for now
B) don't like the word "for" it should be an attempt to ratify. Not an attempt for ratify.

c) this also has "for"

D) "at" seems wrong. You attempt to do something.

E) dont like has begun... not sure why though.

A it is
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 [#permalink] New post 16 May 2005, 12:13
i read it somewher in the idiom list.
when "attemt" is used as a "noun", the preposition it takes is "at"
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when "attemt" is used as a "verb", the preposition it takes is "to"

taking that into account this sentence should have "at" as "attempt" is used as a "noun".

but OA is A.

please clarify this.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 May 2005, 11:22
dipaksingh wrote:
i read it somewher in the idiom list.
when "attemt" is used as a "noun", the preposition it takes is "at"
and
when "attemt" is used as a "verb", the preposition it takes is "to"

taking that into account this sentence should have "at" as "attempt" is used as a "noun".

but OA is A.

please clarify this.


IMO E) is out because the use of present perfect "has begun" indicates that the attempt started in the past until now, but that is wrong, because in the 2nd part of the sentence it is stated that the attempt was unsuccessful and so we can infer that the attempt is completed. so it should be simple past and not present perferct. i also think that "attempt to" as well as "attempt at" can be used when "attempt" is a noun. finally i think we dont need a restcrictive clause, because the information about the period of time is not essential for the meaning of the sentence.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 May 2005, 20:25
I also choose A.
but, its been a matter of discussions, which is the correct idiom, attempt to or attempt at? how and where to use attempt at and attempt to? guys pls clearify.
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