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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 SVP Joined: 16 Oct 2003 Posts: 1810 Followers: 4 Kudos [?]: 106 [0], given: 0 [#permalink] Show Tags 03 Sep 2004, 07:57 C proposed to reduce...........and to subsidized. Director Joined: 20 Jul 2004 Posts: 593 Followers: 2 Kudos [?]: 100 [0], given: 0 [#permalink] Show Tags 03 Sep 2004, 09:42 A. proposed a ... reduction in the amount allocated ... = to maintain X and = to subsidize Y. Manager Joined: 02 Apr 2004 Posts: 224 Location: Utrecht Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 20 [0], given: 0 [#permalink] Show Tags 03 Sep 2004, 10:21 phew...I looked also at A. I did not think reduction should be formed in to reduce. Regards, Alex Retired Moderator Status: 2000 posts! I don't know whether I should feel great or sad about it! LOL Joined: 04 Oct 2009 Posts: 1712 Location: Peru Schools: Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, MIT & HKS (Government) WE 1: Economic research WE 2: Banking WE 3: Government: Foreign Trade and SMEs Followers: 87 Kudos [?]: 761 [0], given: 109 Re: Hard SC- 12 [#permalink] Show Tags 07 Jul 2011, 23:10 +1 A Idiom: "reduction in" An infinitive can be only paralell with another infinitive. _________________ "Life’s battle doesn’t always go to stronger or faster men; but sooner or later the man who wins is the one who thinks he can." My Integrated Reasoning Logbook / Diary: http://gmatclub.com/forum/my-ir-logbook-diary-133264.html GMAT Club Premium Membership - big benefits and savings Manager Joined: 06 Sep 2010 Posts: 121 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 4 [0], given: 6 Re: Hard SC- 12 [#permalink] Show Tags 07 Jul 2011, 23:20 tricky.. chose C.. .. it is A.. But is "to reduce" wrong usage?? Intern Joined: 22 Feb 2010 Posts: 49 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 9 [0], given: 1 Re: Hard SC- 12 [#permalink] Show Tags 08 Jul 2011, 00:18 I would go with C. Explanations are given below: (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 The sentence is not grammatically correct...the amount allocated [to] the previous year..institutions[,] and.. (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 It seems to suggest that the reduction is from the previous year itself. The reduction is in amount of the previous year. (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 Correct. It is clear that the amount being reduced is in comparison with previous year. (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 Again, emphasizing that the reduction might be from previous year itself. Previous year is being mentioned to indicate the amount being reduced. The actual reduction, thought, starts from the current year only. (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 Same reasons as for D. Ambiguity with year and amount. _________________ __________________________________________________________________________ Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful __________________________________________________________________________ Retired Moderator Status: worked for Kaplan's associates, but now on my own, free and flying Joined: 19 Feb 2007 Posts: 3510 Location: India WE: Education (Education) Followers: 550 Kudos [?]: 4471 [0], given: 320 Re: Hard SC- 12 [#permalink] Show Tags 08 Jul 2011, 07:29 Why is A better than C? The answer lies here. The 'reduction' is not part of the //ism. The reduction is brought to do two things namely, to maintain and to subsidize. They are the real arms of the intended //ism. C has a serious wrong word-order problem. Saying that ‘from the previous year that was allocated’, gives an impression that the previous year was allocated rather than the amount. The previous year should modify the amount for maintaining a proper meaning. Doesn’t C also distort that the reduction was imposed in the previous year’s allocation rather than this year’s? _________________ “Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher” – a Japanese proverb. 9884544509 Manager Status: Dream big, work hard, and drink gallons of beer! Joined: 11 Jun 2011 Posts: 212 Concentration: Finance, General Management GMAT Date: 10-01-2011 WE: Web Development (Consulting) Followers: 2 Kudos [?]: 36 [0], given: 33 Re: Hard SC- 12 [#permalink] Show Tags 08 Jul 2011, 13:40 I agree A is the correct answer. _________________ If I look absent-minded or insane, I am just living a dream of being successful. If you still wonder why I am like this, you have no idea how success tastes like! Retired Thread Master Status: How can I crack Verbal Joined: 12 May 2011 Posts: 209 Location: India Concentration: General Management, Finance GMAT 1: 700 Q51 V32 GPA: 3 Followers: 2 Kudos [?]: 19 [0], given: 33 Re: Hard SC- 12 [#permalink] Show Tags 08 Jul 2011, 14:03 the first thing that clicked my mind when i saw this question was 'propose'..isn't there no need of 'THAT' when others forms of propose such as proposed,proposing are used? or for any other verb that requires 'THAT' such as recommend,suggest,request,mandate. I reluctantly chose E only because 'THAT' followed 'proposing', else my answer would have been A Experts-please advise Senior Manager Joined: 08 Nov 2010 Posts: 417 WE 1: Business Development Followers: 7 Kudos [?]: 87 [0], given: 161 Re: Hard SC- 12 [#permalink] Show Tags 09 Jul 2011, 11:05 SO A or C? i chose C mainly bc the first sentence just mixing the "years" with the adverb. _________________ Current Student Joined: 26 May 2005 Posts: 565 Followers: 18 Kudos [?]: 188 [1] , given: 13 Re: Hard SC- 12 [#permalink] Show Tags 09 Jul 2011, 11:11 1 This post received KUDOS 144144 wrote: SO A or C? i chose C mainly bc the first sentence just mixing the "years" with the adverb. Has to be A, C distorts the meaning Re: Hard SC- 12 [#permalink] 09 Jul 2011, 11:11 Similar topics Replies Last post Similar Topics: Faced with an estimated$2 billion budget gap, the citys 1 05 Nov 2009, 10:58
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