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19. To help preserve ancient Egyptian monuments threatened by high water tables, a Swedish engineering firm has proposed installing pumps, perhaps solar powered, to lower the underground water level and dig trenches around the bases of the stone walls.

(A) to lower the underground water level and dig trenches

(B) to lower the underground water level and to dig trenches

(C) to lower the underground water level and digging trenches

(D) that lower the underground water level and that trenches be dug

(E) that lower the underground water level and trench digging

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14 Jul 2009, 04:21
I think B is the ans.what is the OA?

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14 Jul 2009, 04:27
IMO C

Only option C is maintaining parallelism "proposed installing pumps,...and digging trenches "
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14 Jul 2009, 08:33
IMO B..to lower.....to dig..maintains parallelism..whats the OA

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14 Jul 2009, 09:33
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IMO B..to lower.....to dig..maintains parallelism..whats the OA

Hi sanoasis, I think B is incorrect. Its not actually the pump which is going to lower... as well as dig..
Its the Swedish engineering firm , which has proposed installing pumps... and digging trenches. "to lower the underground water level " is just modifying the "pumps"
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14 Jul 2009, 09:43
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sanoasis wrote:
IMO B..to lower.....to dig..maintains parallelism..whats the OA

Hi sanoasis, I think B is incorrect. Its not actually the pump which is going to lower... as well as dig..
Its the Swedish engineering firm , which has proposed installing pumps... and digging trenches. "to lower the underground water level " is just modifying the "pumps"

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14 Jul 2009, 11:41
I go with 'A'.

I really don't see a problem with A. It's parallel, and precise.

C is not parallel, In B, the second 'to' redundant.

A for me!

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15 Jul 2009, 04:52
.....proposed installing pumps.................and digging trenches....

So C could be right.

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20 Jul 2009, 15:06
definitely C...

installing pumps and digging trenches are parallel here...

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05 Sep 2009, 03:40
Correct answer is D. A, B, and C are out because they have infinitive starting after a comma. Infinitive preceded with a comma is always wrong.

Now that leaves D and E. I chose E as the answer but correct but correct answer is D.

(E) that lower the underground water level and trench digging - wrong. trench be dug, trenches can not dug.

(D) that lower the underground water level and that trenches be dug <<subjunctive and correct>>

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05 Sep 2009, 22:38
'C' .

Maintains parallelism..

OA?

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