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Sentence Correction Question [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2003, 17:05
Hi, the following is a Official Guide SC quesion.

While some propose to combat widespread illegal copying of computer programs by attempting to change people's attitudes toward pirating, other by suggesting reducing software prices to decrease the incentive for pirating, and still others by calling for the prosecution of those who copy software illegally.

a) by suggesting reducing software prices to decrease the incentive for pirating, and still others by calling
b) by suggesting the reduction of software prices to decrease the incentive for pirating, and still others call
c) suggest the reduction of software prices for decreasing the incentive for pirating, and still others call
d) suggest the reduction of software prices to decrease the incentive for pirating, and still others by calling
e) suggest reducing software prices to decrease the incentive for pirating, and still others are calling

when i saw this problem, i immediately noticed the parallel error made by original sentence, and thought the answer would have to be c) since it maintains the "some propose, other suggest, and still others call". but it turns out that the correct answer is e) because "for decreasing" in c) "creates difficulty in meaning." but in e) you have a non-parrallel construction because you end up with "some propose, other suggest, and still others are calling"??? isn't that a bigger problem than the "for decreasing" problem in c)?

for those who have the OG for reference - it's problem #160 in SC. please help!!! :?:
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2003, 20:22
Ah I see what you're saying. It makes sense BUT the choice E gives you stronger sense of the entire sentence. See when they say "still others" they mean those who originally propose changing people's attitude. So if you notice the use of "attempting" you'll clearly see that "are calling" will make sense. That is at least my guess as far as the explanation goes.

As for choosing the right choice, well, I chose E of all choices because, again, it gives stronger sense of the complete sentence. But that's me, someone else might even have different explanation. It'd be interesting to see...
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