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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
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26 Oct 2005, 08:33
I was going for A, but Mohish is right it should be B. The increase in wages expected describes the past action best.

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26 Oct 2005, 17:41
Let me vote for (B).

In A, "wage" is modified.
In B, "increased wage" is modified.
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27 Oct 2005, 07:55
B is more clear and concise than A. So I vote for B

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27 Oct 2005, 07:58
Hold on guyz..hold on..B changes the meaning of the sentence....the money to account for increase in wages is not the same as the money needed to account for increased wages.

Let us suppose initial salary = X
Increase in salary = x

So, increased wages = X+x
Increase in wages = x

In absence of any other info, we have to maintain the meaning in the original sentence.

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31 Oct 2005, 18:58
a) increase in wages is idiomatic while the rest of the underline gives the correct cause/effct by using "as a result of"
b) need "that" before "it expected" to introduce restrictive clause.
c) gives a feeling that wages are still increasing (progressive tone)
d) "approve with" is unidiomatic
e) "to be approve in wages from negotiating" is confusing

I go with A.

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31 Oct 2005, 23:11
A here as well. its the most clear choice. all others are either in passive voice or change the meaning of the sentence or are plain awkward.

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