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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
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15 Jan 2005, 17:17
I will go with C. "seems to be" is idiomatic. I am afraid that this choice might have changed the meaning of the sentence a little but that seems to be true for all the options.

Qhoc, I really liked your style of giving OA in white with your posts. I was surprised that you did not provide the OA with this one.
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15 Jan 2005, 22:45
(C) seems to be a waste of valuable resources
Not mentioned anywhere in the question.

I'll go with
(D) seems a luxury we can no longer afford
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16 Jan 2005, 05:31
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
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17 Jan 2005, 16:12
qhoc0010 wrote:
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
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17 Jan 2005, 17:27
praveen_rao7 wrote:
qhoc0010 wrote:
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.
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18 Jan 2005, 06:31
I agree that (D) is correct

(D) seems a luxury we can no longer afford

But the clause "we can no longer afford" must modify "luxury" right? So the use of "that" or "which" is necessary here, correct?
Can we omit "that" in this case?
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19 Jan 2005, 12:30
Can someone please provide a better explanation to why the answer is not (C) Thanks guys
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19 Jan 2005, 19:21
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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