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Alaska regularly deposits some of its profits from the sale

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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 econ-
omy after oil reserves are exhausted
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31 Mar 2004, 14:32
C....debating be/n C and A..Tough one indeed...
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31 Mar 2004, 14:36
aspire wrote:
I would choose (C).

Could you reason why you choose C instead of other choices?

I think C is a run-on sentence. I've provided a simplified version of it.

Alaska deposits money intended to save its future.
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31 Mar 2004, 15:18
B and E are out because we do not know what 'they' refers to.

Now the choice is between A, C and E.

I did not choose A since it seemed to me to be bit wordy and confusing.

Now the choice is between B and D.

The catch point here are the words 'intention to' and 'intend'.

The real meaning of 'intend' is 'to mean or signify'.

So what is meant to sustain the future? Its the fund.

hence I went by C as it seems to be more direct and concise than D is.

Moreover, your simplified sentence sounds better if you say

Alaska deposits money intended(meant) to save its future.

What do you say?

Guys,

Let me know if there are better explanations.
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31 Mar 2004, 16:16
D is incorrect, because the grammatical referent of temporal phrase is fund.

Of A and C, C is obviously better.
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31 Mar 2004, 16:34
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D is incorrect, because the grammatical referent of temporal phrase is fund.

Of A and C, C is obviously better.

I'm little lost here! In choice D, which is "termporal phrase" ?
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31 Mar 2004, 17:30
C does not make it ckear that oil reserves are Alaska's ..while D with its 'its' makes it clear that oil reserves are Alaska's.

Coming back from a layoff so my mind might be rusty...so im not sure abt this.

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31 Mar 2004, 20:06
I strongly go for C on this one. The next closest choice is D but D, IMO has a flaw. It is not clear

"fund intended to sustain the state's economy
after exhausting its oil reserves"
What does "its" refer to? It is not too clear. In this case, it could refer to the preceding noun --> "the economy of the state" Thus, if "its" refers to "state's economy", it makes the sentence ambiguous and definitely would not make sense
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31 Mar 2004, 21:11

Thanks for the nice explanation!
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31 Mar 2004, 21:20
Just to add that A and B's problem is that it is as if it is the "fund" that has some intention. Hence, they can be right away discarded. E's problem is that plural "they" is used erroneously to refer to Alaska
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31 Mar 2004, 22:59
Anand,

Layoff in the sense ...layoff from the verbal/math sections of this site.

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