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While some propose to combat widespread illegal copying of computer programs by attempting to change people's attitudes toward pirating, others 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
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26 Jun 2009, 21:59
good Q

Its C

parallelism--X proposes ..Y suggests.....Z calls..
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27 Jun 2009, 03:55
C for me too.
A and B can be rejected because they begin with 'by'. It since it breaks the flow of the sentence.
E can be rejected because 'to decrease' is in incorrect tense. In the sentence 'in attempting' is in continuous tense, this should follow, so 'for decreasing' would be more appropriate. This is available only in C

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

(C) suggest the reduction of software prices for decreasing the incentive for pirating, and still others call
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27 Jun 2009, 04:57
aknine wrote:
C for me too.
A and B can be rejected because they begin with 'by'. It since it breaks the flow of the sentence.
E can be rejected because 'to decrease' is in incorrect tense. In the sentence 'in attempting' is in continuous tense, this should follow, so 'for decreasing' would be more appropriate. This is available only in C

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

(C) suggest the reduction of software prices for decreasing the incentive for pirating, and still others call

I think the reason of parallelism is more valid. "To decrease" and "for decrease" is not the issue here.
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28 Jun 2009, 20:34
(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

It is between (D) or (E). I will go for D.
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28 Jun 2009, 22:33
Thanks for correcting me on this.
After further deliberation, I think E would be the correct option.

(D) suggest the reduction of software prices to decrease the incentive for pirating, and still others by calling
I think '...still other are calling...' is better than '...still others by calling...'
(E) suggest reducing software prices to decrease the incentive for pirating, and still others are calling
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29 Jun 2009, 01:43
IMO C

EXPLANATION ABOVE IS CORRECT
parallelism--X proposes ..Y suggests.....Z calls
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29 Jun 2009, 06:46
I am debating between C and D. Now that you say that C in incorrect, is D the answer? What is the OA?
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29 Jun 2009, 07:39
IMO E

attempting, suggesting and calling are parallel...

In C and D, suggesting the reduction is incorrect

propose attempting ....., suggest reducing .... and still others are calling
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this is retired Gmat test question and oa is E.
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11 Mar 2010, 10:34
I feel Its C. No idea how its E
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While some propose to combat widespread illegal copying of computer programs by attempting to change people's attitudes toward pirating, others 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 - @ INGs are wrong...
(B) by suggesting the reduction of software prices to decrease the incentive for pirating, and still others call not parallel
(C) suggest the reduction of software prices for decreasing the incentive for pirating, and still others call --- 2 simultaneous INGs are wrong
(D) suggest the reduction of software prices to decrease the incentive for pirating, and still others by calling --Not parallel
(E) suggest reducing software prices to decrease the incentive for pirating, and still others are calling
--- correct

Answer E for reasons marked in red !!!

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12 Mar 2010, 13:23
Lack of parallelism:
by attempting.....parallel with by calling
IMO: (D) suggest the reduction of software prices to decrease the incentive for pirating, and still others by calling
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12 Mar 2010, 13:28
can someone pls explain the OA?
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08 Jun 2011, 05:23
OG 10. Q-160. OA: E. Period. (C and D are wrong)

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Choice E, the best answer, uses constructions that are parallel to some propose', others suggest. . . , and
still others are calling .... Choices A and B immediately lose the parallel construction, and also produce
sentence fragments, by shifting to by suggesting ... and by calling .... Choice B starts like choice A and then
shifts back to the verb call, losing the parallel with the second part (by suggesting). Choices C and D correctly
begin the second part of the parallel by using suggest. Choice C, however, introduces the nonidiomatic for
decreasing, which creates some difficulty in meaning. Choice D loses parallel construction in the third part by
shifting to by calling.
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23 Jul 2014, 11:23
In the below OG10 question, even though I was able to identify the right answer, I had a trouble placing why the option D is incorrect? is there any preference for using verb-ing - 'reducing' - over noun - 'reduction' - OR is there a problem with 'by calling'? when exactly do we use phrases such as 'by calling'?

While some propose to combat widespread illegal copying of computer programs by attempting to change people’s attitudes toward pirating, others 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

Here is my analysis:

Rejected option A, and B due to parallelism errors, as suggest is parallel to propose. Rejected option C as 'for decreasing' does not indicate intention, and 'to decrease' is a better choice as per the context. So, finally, I am left with D & E (I in my practice went for option E as it sounded better, and was less wordy than option D, but not 100% sure)

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In the below OG10 question, even though I was able to identify the right answer, I had a trouble placing why the option D is incorrect? is there any preference for using verb-ing - 'reducing' - over noun - 'reduction' - OR is there a problem with 'by calling'? when exactly do we use phrases such as 'by calling'?

While some propose to combat widespread illegal copying of computer programs by attempting to change people’s attitudes toward pirating, others 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

Here is my analysis:

Rejected option A, and B due to parallelism errors, as suggest is parallel to propose. Rejected option C as 'for decreasing' does not indicate intention, and 'to decrease' is a better choice as per the context. So, finally, I am left with D & E (I in my practice went for option E as it sounded better, and was less wordy than option D, but not 100% sure)

Thanks,

If I'm not wrong, in option D there is not full sentence after "AND". this part has not verb " and still others by calling for the prosecution of those who copy software illegally.

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The elimination for D is rooted in parallelism. The parallel structure you need to setup is: some propose...others suggest..., and still others are. In choice D you have the following: some propose...others suggest..., and still others by calling. You don't have a parallel verb setup with "others by calling" so you don't have a parallel setup and you can eliminate D. [Yes the lack of a verb here means this isn't a complete sentence]

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In the below OG10 question, even though I was able to identify the right answer, I had a trouble placing why the option D is incorrect? is there any preference for using verb-ing - 'reducing' - over noun - 'reduction' - OR is there a problem with 'by calling'? when exactly do we use phrases such as 'by calling'?

While some propose to combat widespread illegal copying of computer programs by attempting to change people’s attitudes toward pirating, others 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

Here is my analysis:

Rejected option A, and B due to parallelism errors, as suggest is parallel to propose. Rejected option C as 'for decreasing' does not indicate intention, and 'to decrease' is a better choice as per the context. So, finally, I am left with D & E (I in my practice went for option E as it sounded better, and was less wordy than option D, but not 100% sure)

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Hi,
This is how i approached the problem.
A and B are out due to Parallelism Error in the word suggest.
Option C is wrong for many reasons namely the word "for decreasing" does not serve the intended purpose here, ",and still others call" does not complete the sentence for the continuation of "for the prosecution"
I Felt Option D was wrong because it fails in parallelism where Attempting, reducing and calling are parallel which is clearly stated in Option E.
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