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# In the past few months, there has been extensive dispute

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In the past few months, there has been extensive dispute over if fare hikes should be a first or last recourse in improving the transit system.

(A) over if fare hikes should be a first or last recourse
(B) about if fare hikes are a first or last recourse
(C) about hiking fares as being a first or last recourse
(D) over whether fare hikes should be a first or last recourse
(E) concerning fare hikes and whether to raise them as a first or last recourse
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22 Apr 2010, 09:16
(A) over if fare hikes should be a first or last recourse
(B) about if fare hikes are a first or last recourse
(C) about hiking fares as being a first or last recourse
(D) over whether fare hikes should be a first or last recourse
(E) concerning fare hikes and whether to raise them as a first or last recourse

All SC questions are a guess for me right now, but this is how I would answer. Not sure, but I don't think "if" should be used, so I eliminated A and B first. And I like the use of "whether" since there are two options (first or last recourse). I would pick D mostly because E seems too wordy. Would love to hear the real answer and an explanation.
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22 Apr 2010, 10:33
IMO D.

Reasons:
1. dispute over is correct idiom.
2. Whether is preferable to IF when there is no condition in the sentence.
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22 Apr 2010, 11:00
I would pick 'E' thou sounds bit wordy. them refers to fare hikes.

dispute, if and should all in one sentence seem some redundancy .. I wud have gone with 'D' if it was.. 'dispute over wether fare hike be a first or last recourse'

wats OA??
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22 Apr 2010, 11:39
In the past few months, there has been extensive dispute over if fare hikes should be a first or last recourse in improving the transit system.

(D) over whether fare hikes should be a first or last recourse- correct as dispute over is correct idom not dispute about and also whether is preferred when condition is "whether or not".
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22 Apr 2010, 22:42
Even I'll go with D for the reasons mentioned above !
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23 Apr 2010, 06:51
OA is D.

"Dispute over" is the correct idiom. And because alternatives are in consideration, "whether" is correct choice.
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