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An attempt to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, begun

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18 Jul 2009, 09:46
Guys, I need some help here w.r.t the modifiers used here.

If the option B were changed to

"begun almost two decades ago, to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment"

then, will A be correct or B?

As per the defination of modifiers goes, the modifier has to be placed right next to the noun it modifies, will the following sentence be correct?

An attempt, begun almost two decades ago, to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, has been unsuccessful ......

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18 Jul 2009, 11:31
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Guys, I need some help here w.r.t the modifiers used here.

If the option B were changed to

"begun almost two decades ago, to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment"

then, will A be correct or B?

As per the defination of modifiers goes, the modifier has to be placed right next to the noun it modifies, will the following sentence be correct?

An attempt, begun almost two decades ago, to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, has been unsuccessful ......

see this below:
attempt-to-ratify-80748.html#p606505

An attempt, begun almost two decades ago, to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, has been unsuccessful

In this case, I think you are breaking the noun phrase "attempt to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment" (It's a complete subject)

begun almost two decades ago is not just modifying an attempt but a particular attempt (to ratify)

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05 Apr 2010, 07:55
I still think E is a better choice..... "the Equal Rights Amendment, begun almost two decades ago," seems missing something.

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05 Apr 2010, 08:25
Why is D wrong?? Thanks for an answer!

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D is wrong because "attempt at" is wrong idiom

the right idiom is "attempt to"

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05 Apr 2010, 17:54
I chose A but almost eliminated it at first glance. I automatically went to the modifier that starts with begun. In assessing other answers, I recognized that I needed the correct idiom. My studying's hit or miss these days so I can't say for sure that the idiom is to attempt. However, as a native English speaker, to attempt seemed to be my best option.

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06 Apr 2010, 02:45
ITS A , rest all of them modifier problem

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06 Apr 2010, 03:45
What's wrong with E? Just becuase the modifier has split the idiom "attempt to ratify"?

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06 Apr 2010, 23:03
A

- A & E are the only choice that use the correct constructs i.e. attempt to ratify
- E has a tense problem i.e that has begun almost two decades ago

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17 Jun 2010, 11:37
Is use of "begun" in the first choice(original sentence) correct?
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110. 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
A is the answer idiom in A is correct

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24 Jul 2010, 05:29
"Attempt to" is the right idiom..
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27 Jul 2010, 22:28
Should be A. Idiom 'to ratify' is correctly used here!

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15 Aug 2010, 04:25
Maulikgmat wrote:
110. 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
Here fight between A and D what i feel is to ratify is better than at ratifying is at ratifying app usage inputs plz...
Why is E wrong???

Answer E seems correct even though OA says that A is correct. For A to be correct instead of begun there should be 'which began' or 'beginning'.
Anyone good with tenses reading, correct me if I am wrong.

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11 Nov 2010, 00:01
I eventually picked A, but the modifier 'begun almost decades ago' made me pause and think for a bit.

It is obvious that 'begun almost decades ago' is meant to modify the attempt in the context.

But I think that the placement of 'begun almost decades ago', can suggest that the Equal Rights Amendment began almost decades ago, not the attempt.

Any thoughts?

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23 Dec 2010, 09:58
i went with C. for ratifying is wrong ?. I thought its a modifier issue

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07 Jan 2011, 09:45
A ---use infinitive for intending action--------.to ratify----correct idiom

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07 Apr 2011, 05:40
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07 Apr 2011, 10:43
A, idiom and tense structure together eliminate all other choices

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08 Apr 2011, 12:43
I got it wrong

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