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# One of Ronald Reagans first acts as President was to rescind

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One of Ronald Reaganâ€™s first acts as President was to rescind President Carterâ€™s directive that any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States be prohibited from sale to other countries.

(A) that any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States be prohibited from sale to other countries
(B) that any chemical be prohibited from sale to other countries that was banned on medical grounds in the United States
(C) prohibiting the sale to other countries of any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States
(D) prohibiting that any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States is sold to other countries
(E) that any chemical banned in the United States on medical grounds is prohibited from being sold to other countries.
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25 Dec 2006, 21:47
C it is

directive prohibiting X is idiomatic

directive that is never correct

directive + gerund is the usage
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27 Dec 2006, 10:35
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One of Ronald Reaganâ€™s first acts as President was to rescind President Carterâ€™s directive that any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States be prohibited from sale to other countries.

(A) that any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States be prohibited from sale to other countries

Testing the subjunctive.

We need "directive THAT" and the "be + verb" construction
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27 Dec 2006, 10:56
another A.

EDIT: chose A but turns out this is wrong.
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27 Dec 2006, 11:36
on second thought...."prohibited from sale" is incorrect.

should be either
prohibited from selling
OR
prohibit from sale

I change my answer to C
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27 Dec 2006, 23:31
I'll go with E.

If it were C, then we wouldn't know whether Carter's directive or Reagen's rescission prohibited the sale.
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28 Dec 2006, 00:55
My pick is C

"That" is not needed here, because it refers to directive, therefore, if you use "that" you have to explain the dircetive, however, the answer choices given with "that" are nor constructed correctly.... should have been something like "directive that prohibits......"
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28 Dec 2006, 07:17
Hey SimaQ, welcome back
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29 Dec 2006, 06:59
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One of Ronald Reaganâ€™s first acts as President was to rescind President Carterâ€™s directive that any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States be prohibited from sale to other countries.

(A) that any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States be prohibited from sale to other countries
(B) that any chemical be prohibited from sale to other countries that was banned on medical grounds in the United States
(C) prohibiting the sale to other countries of any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States
(D) prohibiting that any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States is sold to other countries
(E) that any chemical banned in the United States on medical grounds is prohibited from being sold to other countries.

We can easily eliminate A,B, E. because use of "that" is unidiomatic here.

Now in C and D.

In D Prohibiting that is unidiomatic .

So its C
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