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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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04 Jun 2005, 08:05
WinWinMBA wrote:
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

I would go for A.
"public of /public disclosure and disclosure off" don't get well with the rest of the sentence.
Between A and B , B wold have been OK , if the SC had given directions rather than powers. Not very sure though.

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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

would pick A

D and E use the word 'they' which is incorrect for CIA which is singular
the reason i eliminated B and C is because 'powers for' doesn't sound correct to me..but i could be wrong here as i dont know the correct idiom officially

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12 May 2010, 20:54
Just out of curiosity, how is "it" unambiguous here...couldn't it refer to the Supreme Court?
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12 May 2010, 21:26
WinWinMBA wrote:
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

(A) enabling it to withhold from the public -corrrect
(B) for it to withhold from the public -does not sounds correct to me
(C) for withholding disclosure to the public of - awkward
(D) that enable them to withhold from public disclosure - who are they?
(E) that they can withhold public disclosure of - who are they?
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25 Jul 2010, 12:53
I also want to know that why "it" is not ambiguous here.

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I also want to know that why "it" is not ambiguous here.

Supreme Court awarded the Central Intelligence Agency - Supreme Court is active and CIA is passive, so SC gives CIA discretionary powers , which enable it (CIA) to withhold from the public.
"it" is not ambigous here at all
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26 Jul 2010, 10:07
Do we have an idiom like "awarded ... for " ? I am not sure.. just feel the ans is B ..

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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

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There is missing comma before "enabling". A is correct.

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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

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08 Mar 2011, 23:02
isn't "it" ambiguous in A and B?

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08 Mar 2011, 23:16
Actually there's more to it than meets the eye

The modifier "ing" in A modifies the previous clause and sentence was written with that intention.
In D and E- they and them are spoilers.

B and C - are unidiomatic. - for withhold/withholding

The idiom is "enable to withhold"

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isn't "it" ambiguous in A and B?

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Even i don't get why "B" is incorrect. Could anyone explain ?

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gmat1220 wrote:
ing modifier wins
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Even i don't get why "B" is incorrect. Could anyone explain ?

Could you explain a little further, as in, what is the ING rule ?

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15 Mar 2011, 16:39
+1 A

(A) Correct.
(B) "for it" sounds redundant. Also, it seems to change the meaning of the sentence.
(C) "to the public of"? It changes the meaning.
(D) Them: wrong pronoun.
(E) They: wrong pronoun.

What do you think about my POE?
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Just out of curiosity, how is "it" unambiguous here...couldn't it refer to the Supreme Court?

Yes, you are correct ...
I think A is the best option here...
B and C powers for is unidiomatic.
D and E they has no referent...

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When there is a pronoun ambiguity in GMAT, one of the best ways of solving the muddle is to apply logic rather than mere structure.

In the given context, there are two eligible contenders for the pronoun’ it’ i.e., Supreme Court and the CIA, but the question is why will Supreme Court award the CIA something in order to enable itself? Isn’t logic missing then? That is the reason to conclude without further doubt that the pronoun refers to the CIA.

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15 Apr 2011, 01:35
Best option is A. But hey guys don't you think there is a "comma" missing just before "enabling".
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The Answer is "A" but one must say that it has messy choices .I mean "It" in the underline portion may either refer to supreme court or to CIA!
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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

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Even i don't get why "B" is incorrect. Could anyone explain ?

Take this sentence
I love my girlfriend laughing at the chimps.
Here the bolded part is sufficient to frame the sentence. But adding a modifier [highlight]laughing at the chimps[/highlight] helps in adding information. Something similar has happened in this question:
The correct usage is “A award B X(enabling …)” where (enabling ...) is acting as modifier.

Here enabling is modifying powers, where [highlight]A award B X[/highlight] is fully complete even in absence of modifier
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