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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


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 [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2006, 06:51
I would go with C..most paraller...has proposed to reduce...and to subsidize
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2006, 08:33
Somewhat close call between C and A. I will go with A here.

I think,"to subsidize", in the second part refers to the "amount" rather than the "proposal" itself.

He proposed a reduction in amount (that was) allocated to maintain X and to subsidize Y.

B) rediction from previous year of 17% - awkward; allocating - INCORRECT -ing
C) not sure but - is definitely wordy and changes the meaning if my above explanation is correct
D) Again allocatig, maintaining - a bungch of ERRORs.
E) Wrong tense + to be form usage (?)
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2006, 08:40
Its definitely between A and C.

I choose C because A is IIism issues...with "reduction...and to subsidise"
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Re: SC: $2 billion budget gap [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2006, 08:45
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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


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It is A

reduction in the amount allocated to maintain... and to subsidize...

C is out because the sentence parts in which it is stated what the amounts were allocated to aren't parallel.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2006, 14:01
Would go with A.Its the most parallel..

to maintain..... to subsidise.
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2006, 02:09
Going with A for ||ism(to maintain...... to subsidize...") , even though "...amount allocated the previous year..." bothers me.
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Option C [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2006, 21:45
Option C looks best to me. Option A is gramatically correct but the message is not clear. Is there a 17% cut in both?
Option c makes it clear that there is a 17% reduction in both the goverment initiatives.

Hence Option C.

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 [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2006, 21:54
C. Parallel and ties the reduction of 17% clearly to the funds that were allocated for maintenance and subsidies.

Vivek, OA please ?
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2006, 02:31
I am not convinced by 'allocated the previous' used in A.
However I will opt A.

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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2006, 02:42
A distorts the original meaning of the sentence.

(C) for the infinitive active voice and parallelism.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2006, 05:41
Well, the OA is 'A' :)


Allabout, sorry to torture you :( I wrongly saw that the OA is 'B'.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2006, 05:42
GMATT73 wrote:
A distorts the original meaning of the sentence.

(C) for the infinitive active voice and parallelism.


MATT,

I think, 'C' is wrong because of the restrictive clause 'that'! It refers to "previous year"...
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2006, 05:43
I'd pick C if it wasn't for the lack of ||ism. I'm going with A.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2006, 19:37
vivek123 wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
A distorts the original meaning of the sentence.

(C) for the infinitive active voice and parallelism.


MATT,

I think, 'C' is wrong because of the restrictive clause 'that'! It refers to "previous year"...



My take is C changes the meaning subtly.

A states : the reduction was in prev. year's amount for ( maint. of inst + subsidise local arts )

C states : reduction was in amount ( from prev year maintenance institutions) and to subsidize.

ie the subsidization amount is not qualified for previous year.

let me know what u folks think :)
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2006, 20:43
Thanks for the explanation Vivek and HKGMAT :P A is also much more concise. Stupid errors like this end up costing me big points in verbal.
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