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# Finally reaching a decision on an issue that has long been

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Finally reaching a decision on an issue that has long been politically charged
in the Pacific Northwest, politicians decided to postpone by at least five years
an ambitious plan to protect wild salmon and other endangered fish, instead
of which they proposed a series of smaller steps, by which they intend
to
protect the fish.
A. politicians decided to postpone by at least five years an ambitious plan
to protect wild salmon and other endangered fish, instead of which they
proposed a series of smaller steps, by which they intend
B. politicians decided to postpone by at least five years an ambitious plan
to protect wild salmon and other endangered fish, proposing instead a
series of smaller steps intended.
C. politicians decided to postpone by at least five years an ambitious plan
for protecting wild salmon and other endangered fish, and instead they
proposed a series of smaller steps, intending.
D. an ambitious plan to protect wild salmon and other endangered fish was
postponed by politicians, who instead proposed a series of smaller
steps, intending.
E. an ambitious plan to protect wild salmon and other endangered fish has
been postponed by politicians, proposing instead a series of smaller
steps intended.
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19 Jun 2008, 15:53
Does anybody else wanna try before I give out the OA?
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20 Jun 2008, 15:34
goalsnr wrote:
Finally reaching a decision on an issue that has long been politically charged
in the Pacific Northwest, politicians decided to postpone by at least five years
an ambitious plan to protect wild salmon and other endangered fish, instead
of which they proposed a series of smaller steps, by which they intend
to
protect the fish.
A. politicians decided to postpone by at least five years an ambitious plan
to protect wild salmon and other endangered fish, instead of which they
proposed a series of smaller steps, by which they intend
B. politicians decided to postpone by at least five years an ambitious plan
to protect wild salmon and other endangered fish, proposing instead a
series of smaller steps intended.
C. politicians decided to postpone by at least five years an ambitious plan
for protecting wild salmon and other endangered fish, and instead they
proposed a series of smaller steps, intending.
D. an ambitious plan to protect wild salmon and other endangered fish was
postponed by politicians, who instead proposed a series of smaller
steps, intending.
E. an ambitious plan to protect wild salmon and other endangered fish has
been postponed by politicians, proposing instead a series of smaller
steps intended.

A. ackward construction and use of "which" is wrong
D and E have a modifier problem.
C. "for protecting" is not better than "to protect"; also 'politician decided'........ 'and instead' are not parallel
B. right modifier; ..............., proposing instead' is acting as the subordinate clause
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21 Jun 2008, 05:53
OA is B.

Here is my explanation:
D,E -> out
D. an ambitious plan to protect wild salmon
E. an ambitious plan to protect wild salmon

- Incorrect modifiers.
Now if you carefully look at A,B,C you will figure out that the SC is testing for "participle". If you are still not sure then try the remaining steps.

C->out
C. for protecting wild salmon
- "to protect" is teh correct usage

A-> out
- "instead of ewhich" in not right

B remains.
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