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Attempts to balance the distribution of campaign funds [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2010, 12:09
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Attempts to balance the distribution of campaign funds available to legitimate political candidates, a contemporary goal of election reformers in several states, has not notably diminished the disparities persisting between the best and worst fundraisers.
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B: has not been notable in diminishing the disparities that persist
C: has not made a notable diminution in the disparities that persist
D: have not notably diminished the disparities that persist
E: have not been notable in a diminution of the disparities persisting

Beyond the OA, i will appreciate someone explain "Attempts to balance..., A goal.......,
how come "attempts" is referred to as "a goal"?
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Re: Attempts to balance the distribution [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2010, 12:29
Goal refers to the balancing of the distribution
The subject if the sentence is Attempts
So the verb needs to be "have" not "has"
So A,B,C out
D is less wordy and more concise than E

Hence, D
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Re: Attempts to balance the distribution [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2010, 13:37
it is D. first notice the 3:2 split - very important as it happens very frequently. The have refers to attempts
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Re: Attempts to balance the distribution [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2010, 14:59
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A. has not notably diminished the disparities persisting - Subject-verb agreement error. It shoud be HAVE.
B: has not been notable in diminishing the disparities that persist - The same error.
C: has not made a notable diminution in the disparities that persist - The same error.
D: have not notably diminished the disparities that persist - CORRECT
E: have not been notable in a diminution of the disparities persisting - Ackward and passive voice.

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Re: Attempts to balance the distribution [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2010, 03:56
IMO d

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Re: Attempts to balance the distribution [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2010, 19:46
D is best because "attempts" is plural and so we need "have".
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Re: Attempts to balance the distribution [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2010, 23:59
Attempts to balance the distribution of campaign funds available to legitimate political candidates, a contemporary goal of election reformers in several states, has not notably diminished the disparities persisting between the best and worst fundraisers.
A. has not notably diminished the disparities persisting
B: has not been notable in diminishing the disparities that persist
C: has not made a notable diminution in the disparities that persist
D: have not notably diminished the disparities that persist
E: have not been notable in a diminution of the disparities persisting
Taking the middleman out of the original sentence:
Attempts to balance the distribution [strike]of campaign funds available to legitimate political candidates, a contemporary goal of election reformers in several states[/strike],has not notably diminished the disparities persisting between the best and worst fundraisers.
=> Attempts to balance the distribution has not notably diminished the disparities persisting between the best and worst fundraisers.
Attempts = plural
Correct option : D
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Re: Attempts to balance the distribution [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2010, 03:35
D
But is E correct English ??

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