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# An attempt to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, begun

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16. An attempt to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, begun almost two decades ago, has been unsuccessful despite efforts by many important groups, including the National Organization for Women.
(A) to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, begun almost two decades ago (B) begun almost two decades ago, for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment
(C) begun for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment almost two decades ago
(D) at ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, begun almost two decades ago
(E) that has begun almost two decades ago to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment
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22 Mar 2005, 15:01
"A"....use of non-restrictive clause is good here, begun 2 decades ago is additional info without which the sentence still stands.
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22 Mar 2005, 18:04
vprabhala wrote:
16. An attempt to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, begun almost two decades ago, has been unsuccessful despite efforts by many important groups, including the National Organization for Women.
(A) to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, begun almost two decades ago (B) begun almost two decades ago, for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment
(C) begun for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment almost two decades ago
(D) at ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, begun almost two decades ago
(E) that has begun almost two decades ago to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

i think it should be E for correct idiom usage Attempt to
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22 Mar 2005, 18:38
we need 'ratify equal rights amendment' to come after attempt, so that is properly modified by the last phrase 'has been unsuccessful despite efforts by many important groups, including the National Organization for Women'. 'begun almost two decades ago' only serve to provide more information regarding the attempt - a non-essential phrase

attemp to is idiomatic, so A it is (over D)
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23 Mar 2005, 06:10
OA is A.
23 Mar 2005, 06:10
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