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One of Ronald Reagans first acts as President was to rescind

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One of Ronald Reagans first acts as President was to rescind [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2006, 20:43
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One of Ronald Reagan’s first acts as President was to rescind President Carter’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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 [#permalink] New post 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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 [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2006, 10:35
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One of Ronald Reagan’s first acts as President was to rescind President Carter’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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 [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2006, 10:56
another A.

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

should be either
prohibited from selling
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prohibit from sale

I change my answer to C
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 [#permalink] New post 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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 [#permalink] New post 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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Hey SimaQ, welcome back :wink:
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Re: SC_One of Ronald Reagan’s first acts .... [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2006, 06:59
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One of Ronald Reagan’s first acts as President was to rescind President Carter’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
Re: SC_One of Ronald Reagan’s first acts ....   [#permalink] 29 Dec 2006, 06:59
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