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At the beginning of the year, the city allocated $150 million to cover the increase in wages that it expected to approve as a result of negotiations with the municipal labor unions.

(A) increase in wages that it expected to approve as a result of negotiations
(B) increased wages it expected to approve from negotiations
(C) increasing wages expected to be approved as a result of negotiating
(D) negotiated increases in wages it expected to approve
(E) increases expected to be approved in wages from negotiating
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At the beginning of the year, the city allocated $150 million to cover the increase in wages that it expected to approve as a result of negotiations with the municipal labor unions.

(A) increase in wages that it expected to approve as a result of negotiations
(B) increased wages it expected to approve from negotiations
(C) increasing wages expected to be approved as a result of negotiating
(D) negotiated increases in wages it expected to approve
(E) increases expected to be approved in wages from negotiating

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My answer is A
D is out in the first glance,because it changes the meaning of sentence.Increase,Increased,Increasing,Increases. Cover the increase in wages is much clear and correct grammatically.
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I have some apprehension about the OA. It sounds as if the 150 million is only suppose to cover the increase in wages not the total wages. However, B indicates that 150 million is for covering the increased wages. Are there any other issues with B?
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The crux of the matter is that the $150 covers only the incremental portion of the total wages. So any reference to total wages per se as in B, C is out. Terming the 'increase' in plural as 'increases' as done in D and E, distorts the meaning that there are several increases. D also means that the negotiations are already over and only the approval is pending whereas the text means that the increase itself is going to occur as a result of some negotiations in the future. In addition, E is in passive voice. A seems to be the best though a little wordy
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The crux of the matter is that the $150 covers only the incremental portion of the total wages. So any reference to total wages per se as in B, C is out. Terming the 'increase' in plural as 'increases' as done in D and E, distorts the meaning that there are several increases. D also means that the negotiations are already over and only the approval is pending whereas the text means that the increase itself is going to occur as a result of some negotiations in the future. In addition, E is in passive voice. A seems to be the best though a little wordy
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D is straight out;

"to approve with the municipal labor unions" does not make any sense.

C is out;

increasing wages can not be approved, only increase in wages can be.

D is out;

similar with C. increases can not be approved.

between B&A;

B is clearly wrong. first increased wages, second "approve from".

A is best.
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At the beginning of the year, the city allocated $150 million to cover the increase in wages that it expected to approve as a result of negotiations with the municipal labor unions.

(A) increase in wages that it expected to approve as a result of negotiations
(B) increased wages it expected to approve from negotiations
(C) increasing wages expected to be approved as a result of negotiating
(D) negotiated increases in wages it expected to approve. Increase is not been negotiated
(E) increases expected to be approved in wages from negotiating. "The increases in wages"is nonsensical

Note: Original meaning: expected to cover the Increase in wages "not increased wages" . for e.g. Wage = 500$ Increase = 100$. So, as per original sentence allocation will cover $100 not $600. Thus, B , C are out
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