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Many American cities have been unsuccessful in their efforts

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Many American cities have been unsuccessful in their efforts "to move mental patients out of mammoth asylums and that treat" them in their local communities.

(b) to move mental patients out of mammoth asylums and treat
(c) to move mental patients out of mammoth

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 [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2004, 21:24
Their efforts to move X and that treat them
Their efforts that treat them (incoherent)
Their efforts to move X [in order] to treat them (subordination)
Their efforts to move X and [to] treat them (coordination)
Their efforts to move X for [the purpose of] treating them (subordination)

Answer is B, given the original sentence has coordination.

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 [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2004, 21:56
Sorry - I did not completely type "c".

(c) to move mental patients out of mammoth asylums for treating

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 [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2004, 22:05
Your correct C(italicized) was inserted in my previous post.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2004, 22:13
You chose (b) ahead of (c) because you wanted to preserve coordination - is that right?

I don't think there is any rule which states that the coordination/subordination implied/stated in the original sentence must be preserved - is there?

On the contrary, the test is to figure out whether coordination or subordination is better for this sentence and choose accordingly.

DOn't you think that in this case subordination makes more sense as "people are moved out of asylums so that they can be treated in their local communities"?

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You chose (b) ahead of (c) because you wanted to preserve coordination - is that right?


This is not the only reason. Except for predication, I consider all other modifications(for exx.. adjective) a sort of subordination. The original sentence has no tinge of "purpose", "result", or "cause"(look at "and that"). "attempts to move", "chance to win", or "need to call" are all kinda non-finite appositive clauses, or whatever you call/analyze, but not purposives.


If you chose purposive/result/cause, you are overreaching. We are asked not to change the original structure/meaning unless you find all ther choices are wrong/incoherent in many other ways.

The other way is to look at the scope of "that treat". In the original it is linked to "efforts", but not to the predicator.

In OG, there are examples re: chosing b/w subordination and coordination( the sloth, OG#163).
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