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Alaska regularly deposits some of its profits from the sale of oil into a special fund, with the intention to sustain the state’s economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves.
(A) fund, with the intention to sustain the state’s economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves
(B) fund, the intention of which is to sustain the state’s economy after they have exhausted their oil reserves
(C) fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted
(D) fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after exhausting its oil reserves
(E) fund that they intend to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted

Can someone explain why "..... fund intended to..." is working on this sentence? I can't understand what role does "intended to" play here?

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Alaska regularly deposits some of its profits from the sale of oil into a special fund, with the intention to sustain the state’s economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves.
(A) fund, with the intention to sustain the state’s economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves
(B) fund, the intention of which is to sustain the state’s economy after they have exhausted their oil reserves
(C) fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted
(D) fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after exhausting its oil reserves
(E) fund that they intend to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted

Can someone explain why "..... fund intended to..." is working on this sentence? I can't understand what role does "intended to" play here?

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"Intended to" is playing the same role as "designed for" is playing in the following sentence.

"City Mayor is planning to approve the budget of a water park designed specially for kids".
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24 Sep 2010, 00:38
between A and C
A: WITH here is an adverb that is modifying the verb Deposits, grammatically there is nothing wrong with the sentence but compared to C it's much wordier.
C: Intended here is an adjective that is modifying FUND, in other words it's describing the function of the fund, so it's more concise and better worded.
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shrouded : Whats wrong with ' with the intention to' ?
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24 Sep 2010, 01:21
I understand why intended to.. but
why not D, can someone explain?
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24 Sep 2010, 01:23
I understand why intended to.. but
why not D, can someone explain?
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24 Sep 2010, 02:05
IMO it should be A.

C changes the meaning a little.
fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted

Oil Reserves of??? Alaska or entire country? I assume its is necessary because then it will be crystal clear as to why Alska is keeping the funds.

What is the source of the question?
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24 Sep 2010, 02:33
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IMO it should be A.

C changes the meaning a little.
fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted

Oil Reserves of??? Alaska or entire country? I assume its is necessary because then it will be crystal clear as to why Alska is keeping the funds.

What is the source of the question?

But the country(US) is not even mentioned in the sentence, so there is no ambiguity.
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24 Sep 2010, 19:36
+1 for C.
Great explanations shrouded1
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Alaska regularly deposits some of its profits from the sale of oil into a special fund, with the intention to sustain the state’s economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves.
(A) fund, with the intention to sustain the state’s economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves
it should be "with the intention of"
(B) fund, the intention of which is to sustain the state’s economy after they have exhausted their oil reserves"the intention of which" is awkward and wordy construction
(C) fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted"Intended" is used correctly, the fund is intended to do something. Also captures the relative time line correctly by saying "after oil reserves are exhausted"
(D) fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after exhausting its oil reservesTo sustain after the oil reserves are exhausted would have been the corrected tense
(E) fund that they intend to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhaustedIf you construct it this way, it should say that they intend to sustain the state's economy with

Can someone explain why "..... fund intended to..." is working on this sentence? I can't understand what role does "intended to" play here?

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@Shrouded1 : Correct me if i am wrong, but isnt option D eliminated for another reason - The ambiguous antecedent for "its" (state or economy) ?
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26 Sep 2010, 04:20
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I understand why intended to.. but
why not D, can someone explain?

Alaska regularly deposits some of its profits from the sale of oil into a special fund, with the intention to sustain the state’s economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves.

(C) fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted
(D) fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after exhausting its oil reserves

Let me try to clarify,

The usage of "Its" as pronoun must refer to a definite noun preceding it, if you observe the choice D exhausting ITS --- ask question whose --- and you won't get a definite answer because the immediate preceding noun is state's economy.

So , when "its" is used as pronoun, it must refer to something it is intended to refer.

hope it clarifies.
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02 Sep 2015, 03:56
I am still not able to understand why "A" is wrong.
I think the author intends to say "Alaska deposits the money...with an intention to sustain economy".
But option "C" talks about the intention with which the fund was created. Why is "C" correct even though it changes the meaning?
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C - uses "intended" as Noun Modifier modifying "fund".

A - uses "with the intention" as verb modifier modifying verb "deposits"

Why C : 1. Problem of "its " in A

2. C - Worded concisely.
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Alaska regularly deposits some of its profits from the sale of oil into a special fund, with the intention to sustain the state’s economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves.
(A) fund, with the intention to sustain the state’s economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves
(B) fund, the intention of which is to sustain the state’s economy after they have exhausted their oil reserves
(C) fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted
(D) fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after exhausting its oil reserves
(E) fund that they intend to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted

Can someone explain why "..... fund intended to..." is working on this sentence? I can't understand what role does "intended to" play here?

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Why is D incorrect? In D it is clear that the state's oil reserves, in C this clarity is missing.
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22 Aug 2016, 12:00
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Alaska regularly deposits some of its profits from the sale of oil into a special fund, with the intention to sustain the state’s economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves.
(A) fund, with the intention to sustain the state’s economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves
(B) fund, the intention of which is to sustain the state’s economy after they have exhausted their oil reserves
(C) fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted
(D) fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after exhausting its oil reserves
(E) fund that they intend to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted

Can someone explain why "..... fund intended to..." is working on this sentence? I can't understand what role does "intended to" play here?

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Why is D incorrect? In D it is clear that the state's oil reserves, in C this clarity is missing.

D is wrong because of ambiguous pronoun "its" - "its" could refer to " Alaska" / "state" or "economy". A possessive pronoun may have a non-possessive antecedent.
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manhasnoname wrote:
inactived wrote:
Alaska regularly deposits some of its profits from the sale of oil into a special fund, with the intention to sustain the state’s economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves.
(A) fund, with the intention to sustain the state’s economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves
(B) fund, the intention of which is to sustain the state’s economy after they have exhausted their oil reserves
(C) fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted
(D) fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after exhausting its oil reserves
(E) fund that they intend to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted

Can someone explain why "..... fund intended to..." is working on this sentence? I can't understand what role does "intended to" play here?

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Why is D incorrect? In D it is clear that the state's oil reserves, in C this clarity is missing.

D is wrong because of ambiguous pronoun "its" - "its" could refer to " Alaska" / "state" or "economy". A possessive pronoun may have a non-possessive antecedent.

In a sentence shouldn't all the possessives refer to one antecedent? Going by this, the sentence reads as "state's economy" and "its oil reserves". Since there is only one state (Alaska) in question here

and

its refers to state's => Alaska's
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sayantanc2k wrote:
manhasnoname wrote:

Why is D incorrect? In D it is clear that the state's oil reserves, in C this clarity is missing.

D is wrong because of ambiguous pronoun "its" - "its" could refer to " Alaska" / "state" or "economy". A possessive pronoun may have a non-possessive antecedent.

In a sentence shouldn't all the possessives refer to one antecedent? Going by this, the sentence reads as "state's economy" and "its oil reserves". Since there is only one state (Alaska) in question here

and

its refers to state's => Alaska's

Perhaps my explanation was clear: The pronoun "its" may have two antecedents - "Alaska" (or "state") AND "economy". Therefore the pronoun "its" is ambiguous.

(Note: There is no such rule as "In a sentence all the possessives refer to one antecedent" whatsoever.)
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Alaska regularly deposits some of its profits from the sale of oil into a special fund, with the intention to sustain the state’s economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves.
(A) fund, with the intention to sustain the state’s economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves
(B) fund, the intention of which is to sustain the state’s economy after they have exhausted their oil reserves
(C) fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted
(D) fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after exhausting its oil reserves
(E) fund that they intend to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted

The only issue with the answer choices is the pronoun references its & they . They is plural and its is singular.

They can not refer to Alaska as it is a singular noun. Its can refer to Alaska,state or economy.

Please let me know if there are any other errors we can identify.
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