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# A land-use planning institute in the Great Plains cites

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A land-use planning institute in the Great Plains cites sharp declines in population and prosperity, marked by a 50-percent decrease in the population of some cities and by an equivalent decrease in the median income throughout the region, as major reasons to set aside the area they call the Plains Commons reserve.

A. as major reasons to set aside the area they call
B. that are the major reasons to set aside the area they call
C. as the major reason to set aside the area it calls
D. that is the major reason to set aside the area called
E. as major reasons to set aside the area it calls

[edited...sorry choice E had an error...it had a the which was not present in the original question]

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25 Jul 2007, 10:45
E it is

it calls is the correct qualifier for the institute, so that narrows it to C or E

reasons is plural and should be used

and the OA is?
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25 Jul 2007, 10:54
I'll go with C ... sharp declines in X and Y ..... represents ONE thought and i believe it's singular.
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25 Jul 2007, 10:56
I agree with dwivedys. 'sharp declines in X and Y' is one reason.
So C it is.
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25 Jul 2007, 11:12
OA is E.

I picked C because E was missing a "the"
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25 Jul 2007, 11:17
I will go with E.

I think in C .."reason" is wrong(singular).
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25 Jul 2007, 11:45
yup E for me too...

land-use planning institute cites blah AND blah, ...as major reasons to set aside XYZ..
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26 Jul 2007, 00:02
institute ... sharp declines.. reasons ... it ...

E it is
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28 Jul 2007, 14:39
NUP,
Always remeber to use the definite article "THE" only if the word that follows it is "SPECIFIC" e.g. THE Netherlands. In the Q, Major reasons is not specific.
28 Jul 2007, 14:39
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