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# An attempt to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, begun

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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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05 Apr 2010, 08:43
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D is wrong because "attempt at" is wrong idiom

the right idiom is "attempt to"
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Isn't A ambiguous about the timing of the attempt? Begun could modify the Equal Rights Amendment or the attempt.
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Idiom: is it attempt to, attempt for, or attempt at?
Here it is "Attempt to", so eliminate B, C, and D.

In E, present perfect is the wrong verb tense to use, despite its apparent consistency with "has been unsuccessful".
Present perfect is typically used for actions that began in the past and continue into the present. It can also be used to specify a past event at an indefinite point in the past.
Here, the "two decades ago" makes present perfect an incorrect tense.
Consider "I have lived in New York five years ago." -- doesn't sound right and it isn't right.

So The correct answer is A.
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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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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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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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