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# An attempt to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, begun

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15 Sep 2005, 05:38
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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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15 Sep 2005, 05:55
Shud be E.

A,B and D have modifier issues.
C has problem with tense

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15 Sep 2005, 07:11
"E" , The statement has to be in the form of a modifier.
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15 Sep 2005, 07:42
I think it is A.

The attempt to ratify ...... has been unsuccessful.

Don't see anything wrong.
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15 Sep 2005, 10:27
This question is tricky to me. On the test I would have picked A. I was unsure how to use the past participle form of "begin." I went against E because I think begun is not used correctly. I would have picked E if the statement said "An attempt that began..." Therefore, I pick A.[/u]
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15 Sep 2005, 13:49
(A) to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, begun almost two decades ago
(B) begun almost two decades ago, for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment . UNIDIOMATIC
(C) begun for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment almost two decades ago UNIDIOMATIC
(D) at ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, begun almost two decades ago UNIDIOMATIC
(E) that has begun almost two decades ago to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. INCORRECT USE OF VERB TENSE

So IMO A is the correct one
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15 Sep 2005, 14:57
I think attempt to is more idiomatic so A will be the answer.
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15 Sep 2005, 17:08
Does anyone else think there is a confusion as to what was begun two decades ago - the attempt or the equal rights amendment? My convoluted logic leads me to introduce C as an option. Feel free to shoot it down.
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15 Sep 2005, 17:37
* Begin

- Present tense: begin
- Past tense: began
- Perfect tense: begun

the use of the verb "begun" in the article means that the verb is used in a passive form.

An attempt to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, (which is) begun almost two decades ago, has been...

When we transform the above sentence in an active form, it will seem like this:

(People) began an attempt to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment almost two decades ago...

I think "begin an attempt" is not very idiomatic.
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15 Sep 2005, 18:25
gamjatang wrote:

(People) began an attempt to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment almost two decades ago...

I think "begin an attempt" is not very idiomatic.

He began his attempt to climb Mt. Everest on the 1st of June.
Anything wrong with that statement? Please point out!
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16 Sep 2005, 02:53
OA?
should be E becoz of verb form. Sentence A has incorrect form of verb
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16 Sep 2005, 06:10
The OA is "A"

It's an idiom question and the correct idiom is "to attempt to do" something
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16 Sep 2005, 12:41
gamjatang wrote:
* Begin

- Present tense: begin
- Past tense: began
- Perfect tense: begun

the use of the verb "begun" in the article means that the verb is used in a passive form.

An attempt to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, (which is) begun almost two decades ago, has been...

When we transform the above sentence in an active form, it will seem like this:

(People) began an attempt to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment almost two decades ago...

I think "begin an attempt" is not very idiomatic.

Begin an attempt is fine is begin acts as a verb and an attempt will the direct object of the verb.

It is a participle phrase, not a clause where WHICH IS ellipted...

participles usually modify the nearest noun they can lay their hands on.

The sentence is only testing the idiom "ATTEMPT TO"
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16 Sep 2005, 19:17
This is an idiom questions and Attmpt to is the right idiom. So its an emphatic A!
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