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In the 1980s the federal government was the largest single provider of day care for children, offering child care, health, and educational services to hundreds of thousands of children from poor households through the Head Start program and which supported private day-care facilities through child-care tax credits, state block grants, and tax breaks for employers who subsidized day-care services.

a. In the 1980s the federal government was the largest single provider of day care for children, offering

b. The federal government was the largest single provider of day care for children in the 1980s, which offered

c. In the 1980s the federal government was the largest single provider of day care for children and offered

d. The largest single provider of day care for children in the 1980s was the federal government, offering

e. In the 1980s the largest single provider of day care for children was the federal government, which offered
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Re: In the 1980s the federal government was [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2013, 12:10
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In the 1980s the federal government was the largest single provider of day care for children, offering child care, health, and educational services to hundreds of thousands of children from poor households through the Head Start program and which supported private day-care facilities through child-care tax credits, state block grants, and tax breaks for employers who subsidized day-care services.

A. In the 1980s the federal government was the largest single provider of day care for children, offering
B. The federal government was the largest single provider of day care for children in the 1980s, which offered
C. In the 1980s the federal government was the largest single provider of day care for children and offered
D. The largest single provider of day care for children in the 1980s was the federal government, offering
E. In the 1980s the largest single provider of day care for children was the federal government, which offered

Dear USADream,
Notice the structure after the underlined section:

[offering/which offered] child care, health, and educational services to hundreds of thousands of children from poor households through the Head Start program
and
which supported private day-care facilities through child-care tax credits, state block grants, and tax breaks for employers who subsidized day-care services

We have a giant parallelism structure, and the second half begins with "which", so the first half must begin with "which". Thus, (A) & (C) & (D) are all out.

That leaves (B) or (E). The participle modifier "offering" is more flexible, and could modify the subject "the federal government" even without touching it, but the "which" clause modifier must obey the modifier touch rule. With this in mind, (B) is a glorious misplaced modifier, illogically asserting that "the 1980s", the decade, offered "child care, health, and educational services" --- a titanic modifier mistake. (B) is out. See this blog for more on modifier mistakes:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/modifiers- ... orrection/
This leave (E), which is perfectly grammatically correct. It's the only answer totally free from error.

Does this make sense?
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Re: In the 1980s the federal government was [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2013, 23:07
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In the 1980s the federal government was the largest single provider of day care for children, offering child care, health, and educational services to hundreds of thousands of children from poor households through the Head Start program and which supported private day-care facilities through child-care tax credits, state block grants, and tax breaks for employers who subsidized day-care services.

a. In the 1980s the federal government was the largest single provider of day care for children, offering

b. The federal government was the largest single provider of day care for children in the 1980s, which offered

c. In the 1980s the federal government was the largest single provider of day care for children and offered

d. The largest single provider of day care for children in the 1980s was the federal government, offering

e. In the 1980s the largest single provider of day care for children was the federal government, which offered


Good question, i forgot to pay attention to the "which" part and only the "supported."
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Re: In the 1980s the federal government was [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2014, 19:48
Option E is correct.

Let's walk in through all other answer choices

A) It seems as if the federal government was still offering ---- wrong.
B) which refers to 1980's ---- wrong
c) and is wrong .
d) It seems as if the largest single provider is offering ---- wrong .
Re: In the 1980s the federal government was   [#permalink] 30 Apr 2014, 19:48
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