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An attempt to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, begun

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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

My doubt in this pretty simple question is that i can identiy that correct idiom is "attempt to" but why choice E is wrong.
Choice A indicates that equal rights amendment begun two decades ago
Choice E indicates that attempt begun two decades ago. Is this the only difference which makes choice A correct or there is any other difference?
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2005, 04:55
I pick choice A.
- B is unwieldy with the use of 'for ratifying the equal rights amendment'
- C has the same problem
- D just sounds awkward
- E uses the perfect tense inappropriately. 'has begun' suggests it began in the past and still beginning.. doesn't sound right, does it?

A is the best choice. It does not leave you second guessing what the sentence means.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2005, 05:07
Hi wilfred,

Thanks again for your quick response.

E uses the perfect tense inappropriately. 'has begun' suggests it began in the past and still beginning.. doesn't sound right, does it?

However in my humble opinion, isn't that we can use present perfect tense for "an attempt" as it can began in the past and still can continue in the present or stopped in the present?
Can you please be elaborate in your answer?
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Re: SC Equal Rights Amendment [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2005, 20:13
goswami_anshul wrote:
Choice A indicates that equal rights amendment begun two decades ago
Choice E indicates that attempt begun two decades ago. Is this the only difference which makes choice A correct or there is any other difference?


A indicates that the attempt to RATIFY the amendment occured two decades ago.

ywilfred got it right with his explanation. E uses inappropriate verb tense.
Re: SC Equal Rights Amendment   [#permalink] 18 Sep 2005, 20:13
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