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budget gap [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2007, 06:48
Faced with an estimated $2 billion budget gap, the city’s mayor proposed a nearly 17 percent reduction in the amount allocated the previous year to maintain the city’s major cultural institutions and to subsidize hundreds of local arts groups.

(A) proposed a nearly 17 percent reduction in the amount allocated the previous year to maintain the city’s major cultural institutions and to subsidize
(B) proposed a reduction from the previous year of nearly 17 percent in the amount it was allocating to maintain the city’s major cultural institutions and for subsidizing
(C) proposed to reduce, by nearly 17 percent, the amount from the previous year that was allocated for the maintenance of the city’s major cultural institutions and to subsidize
(D) has proposed a reduction from the previous year of nearly 17 percent of the amount it was allocating for maintaining the city’s major cultural institutions, and to subsidize
(E) was proposing that the amount they were allocating be reduced by nearly 17 percent from the previous year for maintaining the city’s major cultural institutions and for the subsidization

OA : A
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2007, 07:49
eliminated B, D, E

(A) proposed a nearly 17 percent reduction in the amount allocated the previous year to maintain the city’s major cultural institutions and to subsidize <-- CORRECT

(C) proposed to reduce, by nearly 17 percent, the amount from the previous year that was allocated for the maintenance of the city’s major cultural institutions and to subsidize <-- too wordy
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2007, 09:49
r019h is correct again. i've got to to these faster to actually post an explanation.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2007, 12:12
The mayor proposes two things

- to reduce cost
- to subsidize

X and Y

should'n X and Y be parallel ?

in A

Y - to subsidize
X - there is no 'to'

So how is A correct when we have the parallel C ?
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2007, 20:26
grad_mba wrote:
The mayor proposes two things

- to reduce cost
- to subsidize

X and Y

should'n X and Y be parallel ?

in A

Y - to subsidize
X - there is no 'to'

So how is A correct when we have the parallel C ?


nock nock ..ny takers ? :)
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Re: budget gap [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2007, 20:54
grad_mba wrote:
Faced with an estimated $2 billion budget gap, the city’s mayor proposed a nearly 17 percent reduction in the amount allocated the previous year to maintain the city’s major cultural institutions and to subsidize hundreds of local arts groups.

(A) proposed a nearly 17 percent reduction in the amount allocated the previous year to maintain the city’s major cultural institutions and to subsidize
(B) proposed a reduction from the previous year of nearly 17 percent in the amount it was allocating to maintain the city’s major cultural institutions and for subsidizing
(C) proposed to reduce, by nearly 17 percent, the amount from the previous year that was allocated for the maintenance of the city’s major cultural institutions and to subsidize
(D) has proposed a reduction from the previous year of nearly 17 percent of the amount it was allocating for maintaining the city’s major cultural institutions, and to subsidize
(E) was proposing that the amount they were allocating be reduced by nearly 17 percent from the previous year for maintaining the city’s major cultural institutions and for the subsidization

OA : A



A for me

B: "it was" is wrong
C:"that was allocated " illogically modifies "year"
D/E: tense is wrong


so A is correct
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2007, 20:59
I will go with answer A.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2007, 00:17
grad_mba wrote:
grad_mba wrote:
The mayor proposes two things

- to reduce cost
- to subsidize

X and Y

should'n X and Y be parallel ?

in A

Y - to subsidize
X - there is no 'to'

So how is A correct when we have the parallel C ?


nock nock ..ny takers ? :)


I believe (C) is also grammatically correct, but it changes the meaning of the sentence.

Faced with an estimated $2 billion budget gap , the city’s mayor proposed nearly 17 percent reduction in the amount allocated the previous year to maintain the city’s major cultural institutions and to subsidize hundreds of local arts groups.

(A) proposed a nearly 17 percent reduction in the amount allocated the previous year to maintain the city’s major cultural institutions and to subsidize


(C) proposed to reduce, by nearly 17 percent, the amount from the previous year that was allocated for the maintenance of the city’s major cultural institutions and to subsidize

to reduce and to subsidize are two different things that the mayor proposes............subsidizing won't help to reduce the 2$ bn gap.

But in A the reduction is in the amount allocated for major cultural events and for subsidy purpose
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2007, 01:25
sidbidus wrote:
grad_mba wrote:
grad_mba wrote:
The mayor proposes two things

- to reduce cost
- to subsidize

X and Y

should'n X and Y be parallel ?

in A

Y - to subsidize
X - there is no 'to'

So how is A correct when we have the parallel C ?


nock nock ..ny takers ? :)


I believe (C) is also grammatically correct, but it changes the meaning of the sentence.

Faced with an estimated $2 billion budget gap , the city’s mayor proposed nearly 17 percent reduction in the amount allocated the previous year to maintain the city’s major cultural institutions and to subsidize hundreds of local arts groups.

(A) proposed a nearly 17 percent reduction in the amount allocated the previous year to maintain the city’s major cultural institutions and to subsidize


(C) proposed to reduce, by nearly 17 percent, the amount from the previous year that was allocated for the maintenance of the city’s major cultural institutions and to subsidize

to reduce and to subsidize are two different things that the mayor proposes............subsidizing won't help to reduce the 2$ bn gap.

But in A the reduction is in the amount allocated for major cultural events and for subsidy purpose


Hi sidbidus,C is incorrect...The correct idiom is 'allocated to'...C uses 'allocated for' which is wrong.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2007, 03:53
vineetgupta wrote:
sidbidus wrote:
grad_mba wrote:
grad_mba wrote:
The mayor proposes two things

- to reduce cost
- to subsidize

X and Y

should'n X and Y be parallel ?

in A

Y - to subsidize
X - there is no 'to'

So how is A correct when we have the parallel C ?


nock nock ..ny takers ? :)


I believe (C) is also grammatically correct, but it changes the meaning of the sentence.

Faced with an estimated $2 billion budget gap , the city’s mayor proposed nearly 17 percent reduction in the amount allocated the previous year to maintain the city’s major cultural institutions and to subsidize hundreds of local arts groups.

(A) proposed a nearly 17 percent reduction in the amount allocated the previous year to maintain the city’s major cultural institutions and to subsidize


(C) proposed to reduce, by nearly 17 percent, the amount from the previous year that was allocated for the maintenance of the city’s major cultural institutions and to subsidize

to reduce and to subsidize are two different things that the mayor proposes............subsidizing won't help to reduce the 2$ bn gap.

But in A the reduction is in the amount allocated for major cultural events and for subsidy purpose


Hi sidbidus,C is incorrect...The correct idiom is 'allocated to'...C uses 'allocated for' which is wrong.


Are you sure allocated for is wrong?

Is it wrong to say---- "GAO Report on Medicaid Funds Allocated for Hurricane Katrina"
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2007, 07:07
sid .. thanks for the explanation :)
nice discussion guys . would sure like to know the result ..
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