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By a vote of 9 to 0, the Supreme Court awarded the Central

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New post 19 Jun 2016, 05:53
Option A is correct for two reasons:
Firstly,"it"refers to CIA as per sentence meaning and there is no ambiguity in pronoun antecedent
Secondly, powers enabling is correct ; enabling is the gerund

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New post 14 Jul 2016, 07:09
The general rule of GMAT - Resulting action is always in -ing form, therefore A is correct.

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Responding to a PM.

The present participle modifier "enabling" refers to "powers", the noun it touches. Please take a look at the post below, in which three usages of present participle (verb-ing) modifiers are explained.

verb-ed-modifiers-vs-verb-ing-modifiers-125611-60.html#p1712612

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Supreme Court awarded the Central Intelligence Agency
why is them unclear in D?

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Responding to a PM.

The present participle modifier "enabling" refers to "powers", the noun it touches. Please take a look at the post below, in which three usages of present participle (verb-ing) modifiers are explained.

verb-ed-modifiers-vs-verb-ing-modifiers-125611-60.html#p1712612



Since X awarded Y something enabling it blah blah

since we are talking about the effect of the action, it should naturally refer back to Y and not X? Is that correct?

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Supreme Court awarded the Central Intelligence Agency
why is them unclear in D?

because the final part of the sentance"the identities of its sources of intelligence information." used "its" ,the pronoun here should be the same
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Why 'it' is not ambiguous here..?
Is it like, if 'it' refers to 'supreme court' , then it should be reflexive pronoun..and therefore, 'it' refers to CIA

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VKat wrote:
Why 'it' is not ambiguous here..?
Is it like, if 'it' refers to 'supreme court' , then it should be reflexive pronoun..and therefore, 'it' refers to CIA


Yes, your reasoning is absolutely correct.

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By a vote of 9 to 0, the Supreme Court awarded the Central Intelligence Agency broad discretionary powers enabling it to withhold from the public the identities of its sources of intelligence information.

(A) enabling it to withhold from the public
(B) for it to withhold from the public
(C) for withholding disclosure to the public of
(D) that enable them to withhold from public disclosure
(E) that they can withhold public disclosure of


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I am unable to choose between A and B what is the difference here enabling vs for here

https://gmatclub.com/forum/by-a-vote-of ... 16906.html


Is 'for' more concerned with intent ? the what about 'to' infinintve . Whats the diffirence between for vs to


By a vote of 9 to 0, the Supreme Court awarded the Central Intelligence Agency broad discretionary powers for it to withhold from the public the identities of its sources of intelligence information.

The meaning of this sentence is different. We know that broad powers would have made it possible for CIA to withhold the IDs of sources. But this sentence (option B) implies that the broad discretionary powers were given to withhold the IDs. That it made it compulsory for them to withhold the IDs. That is not true. It is given that the powers were discretionary.
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New post 16 Feb 2017, 05:29
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I also want to know that why "it" is not ambiguous here.

Some times GMAT ignores ambiguity, Otherwise it is impossible to use pronouns. But if there are 2 options which are grammatically correct then consider ambiguity.

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186. By a vote of 9 to 0, the Supreme Court awarded the Central Intelligence Agency broad discretionary powers enabling it to withhold from the public the identities of its sources of intelligence information.
(A) enabling it to withhold from the public
(B) for it to withhold from the public
(C) for withholding disclosure to the public of
(D) that enable them to withhold from public disclosure
(E) that they can withhold public disclosure of


Hi,
IT is not ambiguous as most of the people in the post above have questioned.
Please see the non underlined part , it says (the identities of ITS intelligence source )here IT refers to CIA therefore in the underlined part also IT refers to CIA . NO confusioni hope anymore.
Therefore Friends whenever you have pronoun ambiguity try to see the non underlined part for clear reference. Always read the non underlined part carefully.

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186. By a vote of 9 to 0, the Supreme Court awarded the Central Intelligence Agency broad discretionary powers enabling it to withhold from the public the identities of its sources of intelligence information.
(A) enabling it to withhold from the public
(B) for it to withhold from the public
(C) for withholding disclosure to the public of
(D) that enable them to withhold from public disclosure
(E) that they can withhold public disclosure of


The answer is A

A correct enabling is modifying discretionary powers
B Use of for is wrong and the it is ambiguous ."It" can refer to discretionary powers or Central Intelligence Agency
C Again use of for is not good and verb-ing "withholding" is also wrong here it is modifying for .
D we need past tense
E they is ambiguous and there is change in meaning .
It seems to suggest that the they can withhold discretionary powers .
This is not coherent .
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Subject+Verb+object+verb-ing modifier is always an action modifier---so option A is correct also comma can be omitted
but not when its a verb-ing modifier that modifies noun entity
B 'For it' awkward
C unidiomatic
D unidiomatic and no reference for them
E no reference who are they

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