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# An attempt to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, begun

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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

Please explain your answer.
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28 Sep 2007, 08:37
I will go with A. The verb attempt can only take an infitive as verbal direct object. The sentence is fine as it is.
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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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31 Mar 2009, 04:31
E?
only A & E Stands as "Attempt to ratify" is CORRECT
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31 Mar 2009, 04:34
Not sure, but would like to share my understanding

attempt to -> if it is followed by verb
attempt for -> if it followed by noun

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31 Mar 2009, 04:45
It should be E

An attempt to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment ( noun phrase), begun almost two decades ago ( unresctrictive clause, but should be resctrictive), has been unsuccessful despite efforts by many important groups, including the National Organization for
Women.

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E?
only A & E Stands as "Attempt to ratify" is CORRECT

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31 Mar 2009, 07:26
can someone please explain whats wrong with D.

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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

Only A and E stands out I guess.
I will go with A. in E has begun .... has been unsuccess full ... I don't think fit together.

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31 Mar 2009, 19:06
can you post OA? (It looks like E)...

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31 Mar 2009, 19:10
Sorry its A. Please confirm with OA.

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01 Apr 2009, 02:48
OA is A.

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01 Apr 2009, 03:02
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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 for ratifying is wrong idiom
(C) begun for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment almost two decades ago begun for ratifying is wrong
(D) at ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, begun almost two decades ago, attempt at is wrong idiom
(E) that has begun almost two decades ago to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment
puzzling structure.. attempt that ..to ratify ...has been...
IMHO its A.

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01 Apr 2009, 03:14
I got it wrong in first attempt; I guess picked worng approach. After knowing OA, looked on it once again. A is better because E is the case of split infinitive. It is always better to have verb and to close to each other. Please share your opinion

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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
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???

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I think the ans is A.What is the OA?

I think attempt to is the correct idiom.
In E that has begun is wrong.Whenever a definite time is specified (like 'two decades ago' in this case) you have to use simplepast tense

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17 Jul 2009, 05:57
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???

Yes, "to ratify" is the correct idiom. ( At ratify is wrong because Ratify literally means "to confirm by expressing consent" and hence 'To' is used instead of "AT"). For E I agree with Shruti !

IMO A is the answer ! Whats the OA ?

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17 Jul 2009, 07:49
no doubt about A.
correct idiom is attempt to.

guys one more thing i am not very good with grammar. is it necessary to have a clear understanding of all the grammar basics. is it inevitable to understand each adverb, preposition and all to do well in the gmat. i want to get 700. pls share your inputs.

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17 Jul 2009, 08:17
the correct idiom is 'to ratify' and it should be A

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17 Jul 2009, 16:08
isn't "an attempt at doing sth" also the correct usage? so i take the "attempt to" is the more common usage which is the right answer here

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17 Jul 2009, 19:35
shrutisingh wrote:
I think the ans is A.What is the OA?

I think attempt to is the correct idiom.
In E that has begun is wrong.Whenever a definite time is specified (like 'two decades ago' in this case) you have to use simplepast tense

OA is A.....
What do u guys think about at ratifying used in D... is it appropriate...

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