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# A recent New York Times editorial criticized the citys

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A recent New York Times editorial criticized the citys [#permalink]

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01 Sep 2008, 09:11
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A recent New York Times editorial criticized the citys election board for, first of all, failing to replace outmoded voting machines prone to breakdowns, and secondarily, for their failure to investigate allegations of corruption involving board members.

A. secondarily, for their failure to

B. secondly, for their failure to

C. secondly, that they failed and did not

D. second, that they failed to

E. second, for failing to
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01 Sep 2008, 09:41
rao_1857 wrote:
A recent New York Times editorial criticized the citys election board for, first of all, failing to replace outmoded voting machines prone to breakdowns, and secondarily, for their failure to investigate allegations of corruption involving board members.

A. secondarily, for their failure to

B. secondly, for their failure to

C. secondly, that they failed and did not

D. second, that they failed to

E. second, for failing to

My pick is E. They or their seem to refer to the city's election board which is singular.

Also E is parallel for failing to replace, for failing to investigate.
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01 Sep 2008, 10:55
rao_1857 wrote:
A recent New York Times editorial criticized the citys election board for, first of all, failing to replace outmoded voting machines prone to breakdowns, and secondarily, for their failure to investigate allegations of corruption involving board members.

A. secondarily, for their failure to

B. secondly, for their failure to

C. secondly, that they failed and did not

D. second, that they failed to

E. second, for failing to

I will go with E- First of all, failing to.... Second for failing to.... is parallel. None of the others have this parallelism.
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01 Sep 2008, 14:03
rao_1857 wrote:
A recent New York Times editorial criticized the citys election board for, first of all, failing to replace outmoded voting machines prone to breakdowns, and secondarily, for their failure to investigate allegations of corruption involving board members.

A. secondarily, for their failure to

B. secondly, for their failure to

C. secondly, that they failed and did not

D. second, that they failed to

E. second, for failing to

First .. second parallel..

A,B,C are out.

D -- Subject-verb issue

E is the best.
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02 Sep 2008, 05:59
"failing to replace"...."failing to investigate". Is E
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19 Sep 2008, 05:59
IMO E. We need parallelism: "failing to replace"...."failing to investigate"
Re: SC NY times   [#permalink] 19 Sep 2008, 05:59
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