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By a vote of 9 to 0, the Supreme Court awarded the Central Intelligence Agency broad discretionary powers enabling it to withhold from the public the identities of its sources of intelligence information.

(A) enabling it to withhold from the public
(B) for it to withhold from the public
(C) for withholding disclosure to the public of
(D) that enable them to withhold from public disclosure
(E) that they can withhold public disclosure of
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Re: SC: Supreme Court [#permalink] New post 14 May 2011, 15:00
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Even i don't get why "B" is incorrect. Could anyone explain ?


Take this sentence
I love my girlfriend laughing at the chimps.
Here the bolded part is sufficient to frame the sentence. But adding a modifier [highlight]laughing at the chimps[/highlight] helps in adding information. Something similar has happened in this question:
The correct usage is “A award B X(enabling …)” where (enabling ...) is acting as modifier.

Here enabling is modifying powers, where [highlight]A award B X[/highlight] is fully complete even in absence of modifier
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Re: SC: Supreme Court [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2005, 13:04
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186. By a vote of 9 to 0, the Supreme Court awarded the Central Intelligence Agency broad discretionary powers enabling it to withhold from the public the identities of its sources of intelligence information.

(A) enabling it to withhold from the public
(B) for it to withhold from the public
(C) for withholding disclosure to the public of
(D) that enable them to withhold from public disclosure
(E) that they can withhold public disclosure of


would pick A

D and E use the word 'they' which is incorrect for CIA which is singular
the reason i eliminated B and C is because 'powers for' doesn't sound correct to me..but i could be wrong here as i dont know the correct idiom officially
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I also want to know that why "it" is not ambiguous here.



Supreme Court awarded the Central Intelligence Agency - Supreme Court is active and CIA is passive, so SC gives CIA discretionary powers , which enable it (CIA) to withhold from the public.
"it" is not ambigous here at all ;)


In my opinion, A is correct NOT because of active/passive usage. If the author wanted to refer to SC, then the sentence should have 'reflexive' pronouns rather than ' simple pronoun'. As that is not the case, the 'it' here refers to CIA only but not SC.

Eg: He solved the problem HIMSELF; they caused the trouble THEMSELVES.

Hope this is clear.
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Re: SC: Supreme Court [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2005, 07:05
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186. By a vote of 9 to 0, the Supreme Court awarded the Central Intelligence Agency broad discretionary powers enabling it to withhold from the public the identities of its sources of intelligence information.

(A) enabling it to withhold from the public
(B) for it to withhold from the public
(C) for withholding disclosure to the public of
(D) that enable them to withhold from public disclosure
(E) that they can withhold public disclosure of


I would go for A.
"public of /public disclosure and disclosure off" don't get well with the rest of the sentence.
Between A and B , B wold have been OK , if the SC had given directions rather than powers. Not very sure though.

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Re: SC: Supreme Court [#permalink] New post 12 May 2010, 19:54
Just out of curiosity, how is "it" unambiguous here...couldn't it refer to the Supreme Court?
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Re: SC: Supreme Court [#permalink] New post 12 May 2010, 20:26
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186. By a vote of 9 to 0, the Supreme Court awarded the Central Intelligence Agency broad discretionary powers enabling it to withhold from the public the identities of its sources of intelligence information.

(A) enabling it to withhold from the public
(B) for it to withhold from the public
(C) for withholding disclosure to the public of
(D) that enable them to withhold from public disclosure
(E) that they can withhold public disclosure of


(A) enabling it to withhold from the public -corrrect
(B) for it to withhold from the public -does not sounds correct to me
(C) for withholding disclosure to the public of - awkward
(D) that enable them to withhold from public disclosure - who are they?
(E) that they can withhold public disclosure of - who are they?
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Re: SC: Supreme Court [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2010, 11:53
I also want to know that why "it" is not ambiguous here.
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Re: SC: Supreme Court [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2010, 18:43
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I also want to know that why "it" is not ambiguous here.



Supreme Court awarded the Central Intelligence Agency - Supreme Court is active and CIA is passive, so SC gives CIA discretionary powers , which enable it (CIA) to withhold from the public.
"it" is not ambigous here at all ;)
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Re: SC: Supreme Court [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2010, 09:07
Do we have an idiom like "awarded ... for " ? I am not sure.. just feel the ans is B ..

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Re: SC: Supreme Court [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2011, 11:16
Even i don't get why "B" is incorrect. Could anyone explain ?
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Re: SC: Supreme Court [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2011, 22:38
gmat1220 wrote:
ing modifier wins
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Even i don't get why "B" is incorrect. Could anyone explain ?




Could you explain a little further, as in, what is the ING rule ?
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Re: SC: Supreme Court [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2011, 15:39
+1 A

(A) Correct.
(B) "for it" sounds redundant. Also, it seems to change the meaning of the sentence.
(C) "to the public of"? It changes the meaning.
(D) Them: wrong pronoun.
(E) They: wrong pronoun.

What do you think about my POE?
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Re: SC: Supreme Court [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2011, 20:15
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Just out of curiosity, how is "it" unambiguous here...couldn't it refer to the Supreme Court?



Yes, you are correct ...
I think A is the best option here...
B and C powers for is unidiomatic.
D and E they has no referent...

Experts, Please comment.
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Re: SC: Supreme Court [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2011, 00:35
Best option is A. But hey guys don't you think there is a "comma" missing just before "enabling".
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Re: By a vote of 9 to 0, the Supreme Court awarded the Central [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2011, 23:31
A. But have a feeling that original sentence has punctuation error.
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Re: By a vote of 9 to 0, the Supreme Court awarded the Central [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2012, 18:35
186. By a vote of 9 to 0, the Supreme Court awarded the Central Intelligence Agency broad discretionary powers enabling it to withhold from the public the identities of its sources of intelligence information.

(A) enabling it to withhold from the public
(B) for it to withhold from the public
(C) for withholding disclosure to the public of
(D) that enable them to withhold from public disclosure
(E) that they can withhold public disclosure of

In Answer choices D and E, I don't know for sure that CIA is singular or plural.

Is there anything wrong besides 'they' in Answer choices D and E?
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Re: By a vote of 9 to 0, the Supreme Court awarded the Central [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2012, 22:33
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186. By a vote of 9 to 0, the Supreme Court awarded the Central Intelligence Agency broad discretionary powers enabling it to withhold from the public the identities of its sources of intelligence information.

(A) enabling it to withhold from the public
(B) for it to withhold from the public
(C) for withholding disclosure to the public of
(D) that enable them to withhold from public disclosure
(E) that they can withhold public disclosure of

In Answer choices D and E, I don't know for sure that CIA is singular or plural.

Is there anything wrong besides 'they' in Answer choices D and E?


Hi Buddy : You can look out for other errors too in D n E , but under time crunching situation / the 1 min timer ticking = one needs to find the easiest method to discard/ eliminate the wrong answer choices ; here in this case pronoun Error is the easiest option to go for the kill.

Having said that = Could u plz let know what makes u think that CIA ie Central intelligence Agency / A group / A body can be plural
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Re: By a vote of 9 to 0, the Supreme Court awarded the Central [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2012, 00:51
A) powers......to withold.... <== here comma might be needed before 'enabling'

B) powers.....to withold..... <==......powers for it.. <== seems unclear

IMO ambiguity is there in both the options
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Re: By a vote of 9 to 0, the Supreme Court awarded the Central [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2012, 02:17
(A) enabling it to withhold from the public -corrrect
(B) for it to withhold from the public -does not sounds correct to me
(C) for withholding disclosure to the public of - awkward
(D) that enable them to withhold from public disclosure - wrong pronoun
(E) that they can withhold public disclosure of - wrong pronoun
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