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PLease explain [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2007, 01:00
290. Faced with an estimated $2 billion budget gap, the city’s mayor proposed a nearly 17 percent reduction in the amount allocated the previous year to maintain the city’s major cultural institutions and to subsidize hundreds of local arts groups.
(A) proposed a nearly 17 percent reduction in the amount allocated the previous year to maintain the city’s major cultural institutions and to subsidize
(B) proposed a reduction from the previous year of nearly 17 percent in the amount it was allocating to maintain the city’s major cultural institutions and for subsidizing
(C) proposed to reduce, by nearly 17 percent, the amount from the previous year that was allocated for the maintenance of the city’s major cultural institutions and to subsidize
(D) has proposed a reduction from the previous year of nearly 17 percent of the amount it was allocating for maintaining the city’s major cultural institutions, and to subsidize
(E) was proposing that the amount they were allocating be reduced by nearly 17 percent from the previous year for maintaining the city’s major cultural institutions and for the subsidization
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2007, 01:48
hmm .. it's gotta be either A or C

it's not B because of ||ism .. to maintain is not parallel with for subsidizing
it's not D nor E because no need for passive voice or present perfect tense.. .simple past tense verb [proposed] should do it.
Now, between A and C I believe it's a matter of idioms. porposed to something or a proposed a something ?!

let me check ..
it seems like both are correct.

let's see what else makes the two options different
I dunno .. i don't see anything wrong with the original sentence to change it with C .. plus C somewhat changes the meaning .. it's allocated from prevous year.. not the amount from the previous year.


My Answer is : A
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2007, 05:53
Definitely A
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2007, 08:23
A is good enough..
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2007, 10:08
Testing parallelism and verb tense.
(A) parallel and logical order. “proposedâ€
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