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# At the beginning of the year, the city allocated \$150

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At the beginning of the year, the city allocated \$150 million to cover the increase in wages that it expected to approve as a result of negotiations with the municipal labor unions.

(A) increase in wages that it expected to approve as a result of negotiations
(B) increased wages it expected to approve from negotiations
(C) increasing wages expected to be approved as a result of negotiating
(D) negotiated increases in wages it expected to approve
(E) increases expected to be approved in wages from negotiating

Y is C wrong?

Originally posted by RaviChandra on 12 Mar 2010, 03:21.
Last edited by RaviChandra on 30 Aug 2015, 04:16, edited 1 time in total.
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12 Mar 2010, 12:59
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the increasing/approved/expected/negotiating combo sounds awkward & the tense for negotiating appears to be wrong.

I can't elaborate beyond that. I'm still sharpening my SC game.

Whats the OA?

My guess is A - not perfect, but all other choices seem noticeably flawed.
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RaviChandra wrote:
151. At the beginning of the year, the city allocated \$150 million to cover the increase in wages that it expected to approve as a result of negotiations with the municipal labor unions.
(A) increase in wages that it expected to approve as a result of negotiations
(B) increased wages it expected to approve from negotiations
(C) increasing wages expected to be approved as a result of negotiating
(D) negotiated increases in wages it expected to approve
(E) increases expected to be approved in wages from negotiating

Y is C wrong?

C changes meaning -- wages are not increasing , it is actually an instance of increase that the city is looking at.

Not sure if I conveyed it correctly --
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24 May 2010, 07:34
A it is.

also 'increasing wages expected to be approved as a result of negotiating' conveys that the wages are definitely increasing and is wrong when used with the rest of the sentence.....'expected to be approved'
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23 Nov 2010, 22:18
I selected "D", which is wrong, but I do not understand why....Help please.
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03 Dec 2010, 16:06
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I selected "D", which is wrong, but I do not understand why....Help please.

Because it is loosing it's meaning. "D" separates "negotiation" from "municipal labor"
as a result of negotiations with the municipal labor unions
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09 Jan 2011, 04:49
At the beginning of the year, the city allocated \$150 million to cover the increase in wages that it expected to approve as a result of negotiations with the municipal labor unions.

(A) increase in wages that it expected to approve as a result of negotiations
(B) increased wages it expected to approve from negotiations
(C) increasing wages expected to be approved as a result of negotiating
(D) negotiated increases in wages it expected to approve
(E) increases expected to be approved in wages from negotiating

Hi,
D is out in the first glance,because it changes the meaning of sentence.Increase,Increased,Increasing,Increases. Cover the increase in wages is much clear and correct grammatically.
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02 Jul 2011, 12:08
I have some apprehension about the OA. It sounds as if the 150 million is only suppose to cover the increase in wages not the total wages. However, B indicates that 150 million is for covering the increased wages. Are there any other issues with B?
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The crux of the matter is that the \$150 covers only the incremental portion of the total wages. So any reference to total wages per se as in B, C is out. Terming the 'increase' in plural as 'increases' as done in D and E, distorts the meaning that there are several increases. D also means that the negotiations are already over and only the approval is pending whereas the text means that the increase itself is going to occur as a result of some negotiations in the future. In addition, E is in passive voice. A seems to be the best though a little wordy
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(A) increase in wages that it expected to approve as a result of negotiations Correct
(B) increased wages it expected to approve from negotiations ---> misplaced modifier "it" need to use preposition "that" to justify the reason.
(C) increasing wages expected to be approved as a result of negotiating --> avoid use of ing
(D) negotiated increases in wages it expected to approve ---> a meaning changer. Negotiation is to be done with municipal labor unions
(E) increases expected to be approved in wages from negotiating--> the sentence is aqward.

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+1 for A.

The extra 150 Million is to cover the increase (new - old wage) and not the increased wage (new wage). B,C are out as they seem to suggest the latter.

Also in B, "as a result of negotiating" is incorrect usage. Two parties indulge in negotiations , not negotiating.

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D is straight out;

"to approve with the municipal labor unions" does not make any sense.

C is out;

increasing wages can not be approved, only increase in wages can be.

D is out;

similar with C. increases can not be approved.

between B&A;

B is clearly wrong. first increased wages, second "approve from".

A is best.
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At the beginning of the year, the city allocated \$150 million to cover the increase in wages that it expected to approve as a result of negotiations with the municipal labor unions.

(A) increase in wages that it expected to approve as a result of negotiations
(B) increased wages it expected to approve from negotiations
(C) increasing wages expected to be approved as a result of negotiating
(D) negotiated increases in wages it expected to approve. Increase is not been negotiated
(E) increases expected to be approved in wages from negotiating. "The increases in wages"is nonsensical

Note: Original meaning: expected to cover the Increase in wages "not increased wages" . for e.g. Wage = 500\$ Increase = 100\$. So, as per original sentence allocation will cover \$100 not \$600. Thus, B , C are out
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RaviChandra wrote:
151. At the beginning of the year, the city allocated \$150 million to cover the increase in wages that it expected to approve as a result of negotiations with the municipal labor unions.
(A) increase in wages that it expected to approve as a result of negotiations
(B) increased wages it expected to approve from negotiations
(C) increasing wages expected to be approved as a result of negotiating
(D) negotiated increases in wages it expected to approve
(E) increases expected to be approved in wages from negotiating

Y is C wrong?

I go with A. " Increasing wages" distorts meaning. \$150 million is used to cover the increase ( just the increased amount) , not the whole " increasing wages".
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RaviChandra wrote:
151. At the beginning of the year, the city allocated \$150 million to cover the increase in wages that it expected to approve as a result of negotiations with the municipal labor unions.
(A) increase in wages that it expected to approve as a result of negotiations
(B) increased wages it expected to approve from negotiations
(C) increasing wages expected to be approved as a result of negotiating
(D) negotiated increases in wages it expected to approve
(E) increases expected to be approved in wages from negotiating

Y is C wrong?

Option C is wrong because use of 'increasing' means that the wages are still increasing will continue to increase.
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RaviChandra wrote:
At the beginning of the year, the city allocated \$150 million to cover the increase in wages that it expected to approve as a result of negotiations with the municipal labor unions.
(A) increase in wages that it expected to approve as a result of negotiations
(B) increased wages it expected to approve from negotiations
(C) increasing wages expected to be approved as a result of negotiating
(D) negotiated increases in wages it expected to approve
(E) increases expected to be approved in wages from negotiating

Y is C wrong?

i was between a and b but unfortunately i choose "b" as it is much more concise than "a" can somebody please explain why "b" is incorrect?
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RaviChandra wrote:
At the beginning of the year, the city allocated \$150 million to cover the increase in wages that it expected to approve as a result of negotiations with the municipal labor unions.
(A) increase in wages that it expected to approve as a result of negotiations
(B) increased wages it expected to approve from negotiations
(C) increasing wages expected to be approved as a result of negotiating
(D) negotiated increases in wages it expected to approve
(E) increases expected to be approved in wages from negotiating

Y is C wrong?

i was between a and b but unfortunately i choose "b" as it is much more concise than "a" can somebody please explain why "b" is incorrect?

"From negotiations" is wrong - the wages are not approved from negotiations; they are approved as a result of negotiations.

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151. At the beginning of the year, the city allocated \$150 million to cover the increase in wages that it expected to approve as a result of negotiations with the municipal labor unions.

(A) increase in wages that it expected to approve as a result of negotiations - Correct
(B) increased wages it expected to approve from negotiations - Changes meaning - as per the original sentence , the city expected to approve, and thus needed to cover, an increase in wages. in particular, you should not shift the meaning to say that they needed to cover the wages themselves.
(C) increasing wages expected to be approved as a result of negotiating - changes the meaning
(D) negotiated increases in wages it expected to approve - Changes meaning to convey the negotiations have already been done
(E) increases expected to be approved in wages from negotiating - In the original sentence, the city expected to approve wage negotiations; approved in wages is awkward

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06 Jun 2019, 10:56
I don't think it is a GMAT standard question. One should ignore such questions.

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06 Jun 2019, 10:56
I don't think it is a GMAT standard question. One should ignore such questions.

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