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Building large new hospitals in the bistate area would constitute a wasteful use of resources, on the basis of avoidance of duplicated facilities alone.

(A) on the basis of avoidance of duplicated facilities alone
(B) on the grounds of avoiding duplicated facilities alone
(C) solely in that duplicated facilities should be avoided
(D) while the duplication of facilities should be avoided
(E) if only because the duplication of facilities should be avoided
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13 Jul 2004, 20:53
Any help would be appreciated
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13 Jul 2004, 21:15
Sorry you had to wait long for your answer. i will just jump in here to help the discussion.

IMO, the answer is E. If you do not mind, I will let others explain first.

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13 Jul 2004, 21:20
Thanks Praet.

Yes, let others also try it out
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13 Jul 2004, 21:41
I will go with B.

E - I'm not sure about the sentence structure
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14 Jul 2004, 00:45
I guess "on the grounds that" is correct idiom

Hence B is out

Between C and E I go for C
E seems too wordy!
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14 Jul 2004, 01:03
I opt for C too. It offers a clear idea.

Duplication of facilities is the sufficient condition not to build hospitals in such areas.
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14 Jul 2004, 01:05
I still think E is best.

This is what i would call a 'meaning' question. Apart from the grammar rules, you are tested on what sentence fragment actually makes the correct sense.

Lets turn E around.

If only because duplication of facilities should be avoided, building new hospitals in the new bistate area would constitute a wasteful use of resources.

In other words, Its like saying,

[If your only criterion is no duplication of facilities, then building new hospitals in the new bistate area would constitute a wasteful use of resources.]

Another way of explaining it is:

[ Hospitals already exist , so if you build new hospitals , it would duplicate facilities and would consitute an wasteful use of resources]

IMO, E conveys the intended meaning clearly. Other choices fall way short of introducing the conditional clause necessary for the sentence to make sense.

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14 Jul 2004, 11:11
E is the OA.

Thanks for the explanations
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14 Jul 2004, 21:08
"if only because" = "just for the reason that"

I think that should make it clear.

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