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# The legislature seems to talk at great length about reform

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The legislature seems to talk at great length about reform but to do almost nothing to achieve that.

(A) to do almost nothing to achieve that
(B) to do almost nothing achieving such
(C) to do almost nothing to achieve It
(D) doing almost nothing in achieving any
(E) doing almost nothing to achieve that
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15 Mar 2005, 19:13
The legislature seems to talk at great length about reform but
to do almost nothing to achieve that.

(A) to do almost nothing to achieve that
- will go with this, although it doesn't sound very nice. I'll go with parallelism for this question 'to talk' with 'to do'. 'that' will refer to the reform

(B) to do almost nothing achieving such
- 'such' is out. Does not refer to reform

(C) to do almost nothing to achieve It
- 'it' is ambiguous. Can refer to legislature or reform

(D) doing almost nothing in achieving any
- 'doing' is not parallel. Also participle form don't look appropriate here.

(E) doing almost nothing to achieve that
- 'doing' is not parallel. Also participle form don't look appropriate here.

A it is.
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15 Mar 2005, 21:02
I'm not sure which is preferable 'that' or 'it'. But i'll stick with my original answer - A. 'it' somehow doesn't have a clear referent.
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16 Mar 2005, 02:23
OA is C
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16 Mar 2005, 02:45
Haha... so my experiment failed. 'it' does point to reform now that I've read it again.
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16 Mar 2005, 13:41
Guys wait a min! This question does not make any sense to me! Can someone please explain???!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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16 Mar 2005, 14:15
Arsene_Wenger wrote:
Guys wait a min! This question does not make any sense to me! Can someone please explain???!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you tell us what didn't make sense to you, that would help us understand your concern better

C is perfectly fine here eventhough it sounds awkward. It is grammatically correct. However, in regular conversation we ellipse "to" in the second part and just say

The legislature seems to talk at great length about reform but do almost nothing to achieve It
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16 Mar 2005, 14:33
praveen_rao7 wrote:
However, in regular conversation we ellipse "to" in the second part and just say

The legislature seems to talk at great length about reform but do almost nothing to achieve It

OK now i get it. I never knew that "to" is ellipsed in such sentences. Putting 'to' in the sentence actually got me TOTALLY confused! Thanks praveen.
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