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# A new formula is being considered by Congress for the

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A new formula is being considered by Congress for the financing of federal assistance to mass transit, which, if they approve, could sharply decrease state subsidies.

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(B) Congress is considering a new formula for the financing of federal assistance to mass transit, which, if they approve,
(C) Congress is considering a new formula for the financing of federal assistance to mass transit, a formula that , if there is approval,
(D) Congress is considering a new formula for the financing of federal assistance to mass transit, a formula that, if approved,
(E) A new formula being considered by Congress for the financing of federal assistance to mass transit, if it is approved,

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24 Aug 2006, 03:53
cbrf3 wrote:
Between D and E Will go with D for active voice

Also, the structure: ...that, if approved, .... is commonly tested.

Seen this pattern a thousand times.

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24 Aug 2006, 06:44
I have a problem with "formula" repeatedin C and D, so will go for E.

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A new formula is being considered by Congress for the financing of federal assistance to mass transit, which, if they approve, could sharply decrease state subsidies.

(A)
(B) Congress is considering a new formula for the financing of federal assistance to mass transit, which, if they approve,
(C) Congress is considering a new formula for the financing of federal assistance to mass transit, a formula that , if there is approval,
(D) Congress is considering a new formula for the financing of federal assistance to mass transit, a formula that, if approved,
(E) A new formula being considered by Congress for the financing of federal assistance to mass transit, if it is approved,

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24 Aug 2006, 06:55
D it is

The reason it cant be E is because it is passive.

'Congress considering a new formula' is much better than

'A formula being considered by Congress'

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24 Aug 2006, 06:56
E uses "being" which makes the construction awkward. Moreover, it uses the passive voice which is generally not preferred on the GMAT. Besides these two flaws, the "it" seems to refer to both the formula and the assistance making the construction unclear. D is the most concise option. Hope that helps ...

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24 Aug 2006, 09:26
Mikhail Bondarenko wrote:
I have a problem with "formula" repeatedin C and D, so will go for E.

There is no problem in repeating. Its a good writing skill.

I go with D.

Read this: (Look for heading Repeated Terms)
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/sentences.htm
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24 Aug 2006, 09:34
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Thanks for going so far as to provide this useful source!

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24 Aug 2006, 09:43
A, B --- which modifies transit

D is ok

C. E are wordy

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24 Aug 2006, 14:05
C and D only survive, both of which correctly use NEW FORMULA as a subject.

C is wordy

D is clear and concise, so it's my pick

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