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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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17 Feb 2006, 23:19
Avis wrote:
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,
looks good lets see
(B) begun almost two decades ago, for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment
changes meaning
(C) begun for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment almost two decades ago
incorrect idiom.
(D) at ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, begun almost two decades ago
changes meaning.

(E) that has begun almost two decades ago to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

contrast of tense.

its A, because "attemp to" is correct idiom.
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18 Feb 2006, 18:44
I want to say they're all wrong because I don't like the instance of "begun" in that sentence. Every time I mentally repeat the sentence, I invariably use "began," "beginning," or "starting." Then again, I'm a Mathematics undergrad.

So yea, A.
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23 Feb 2006, 14:11
I'll go with B. A sounds right at first glance. But if you read carefully, the "begun 2 decades ago" seems to modify the "Amendment" rather than the "attempt". The attempt was started 2 decades ago. B places the modifier at the right position.
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23 Feb 2006, 18:44
It is A.
"attempt for ratifying" does not sound good.
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25 Feb 2006, 21:13
OA Is A
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25 Feb 2006, 23:25
(A) to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, begun almost two decades ago,

(B) begun almost two decades ago, for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment
--> an attempt (that had) begun, for ratifying
"for ratifying" is more idiomatic
(C) begun for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment almost two decades ago
--> an attempt (that had) begun for ratifying
same case as (B)
(D) at ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, begun almost two decades ago,
--> an attempt at ratifying, (that had) begun...
again the correct idiom is "to ratify"
(E) that has begun almost two decades ago to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment
--> an attempt that has begun
"has" cannot go with begun, because "begun" is past participle.
25 Feb 2006, 23:25
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