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The closing of small, inexpensive hospitals while large [#permalink]
15 Jan 2005, 13:29
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The closing of small, inexpensive hospitals while large expensive hospitals remain open seems a luxury that we can no longer afford in order to maintain them.
(A) seems a luxury that we can no longer afford in order to maintain them
(B) seems to exmphasize luxury over economy, which we can no longer afford
(C) seems to be a waste of valuable resources
(D) seems a luxury we can no longer afford
(E) seems too luxurious to be any longer affordable
ssumitsh, when I put OA in the post. Many people decided not to post msg. I know that is a good idea. But the participation level is not high. However, I will change if you guys want.
OA is (D)
Shoud (D) be more correct like this
(D) seems a luxury that we can no longer afford
D is right because seem,seems,seemed is a verb
in choice C to be is a verb too, hence verb can't modify a verb (seems)
that in choice D is elipsed
Hmmm, I'm not certain about the bolded explanation . Does that mean that we cannot say:
He wants to be a singer;
He seems to be good at it.
Actually, although C changes the meaning, it is the only choice which has the right idiom "seems to be"
Also, IMO, you will get more answers by posting the OA only after people have attempted the problems. This is because of the reluctance of people willingly posting a wrong answer when answer is right there.
C does change the meaning; nothing says that the closing of X is a waste of resources, all we know is that it is a "luxury" we can no longer afford.
I think to the extreme, D could be right because the ear says so. However, I'm still perplexed about the omission of "to be" right after "seems". I know that after "consider" we have to immediately link with a noun but I wonder if some kind of more flexible selection applies to "seems". For my part, I always used "seems to be + noun"
"a luxury we can no longer afford" is the complement of "seems" so we do not need to make it a relative clause by introducing "which" or "that".
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