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Congress has enacted legislation forbidding state and local governments from raising taxes on connections that link consumers to the Internet for the next three years.

A) forbidding state and local governments from raising taxes on connections that link consumers to the Internet for the next three years
B)that forbids state and local governments for the next three years from raising taxes on connections that link consumers to the Internet
C)that for the next three years forbids state and local governments to raise taxes on connections that link consumers to the Internet
D)forbidding for the next three years to state and local governments the raising of taxes on connections that link consumers to the Internet
E)that forbids for the next three years state and local governments from raising taxes on connections that link consumers to the Internet

I do not agree with the answer or may beI am missing something. Let's discuss and I will post the OA

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spider wrote:
aaron22197 wrote:
What's wrong wit B ?


Forbid to is the right Idiom - Clear C!!


Yeah it's a test of idiom 'forbid to' not forbid from or forbid for.

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How to remember all the idioms? :(
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aaron22197 wrote:
What's wrong wit B ?


Forbid to is the right Idiom - Clear C!!

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Congress has enacted legislation forbidding state and local governments from raising taxes on connections that link consumers to the Internet for the next three years.

A) forbidding state and local governments from raising taxes on connections that link consumers to the Internet for the next three years
-- present progressive tense is not required. also, the modifying phrase is incorrectly placed.
B)that forbids state and local governments for the next three years from raising taxes on connections that link consumers to the Internet
--forbids X from raising Y - Use of present progressive tense in "raising" is appropriate.
C)that for the next three years forbids state and local governments to raise taxes on connections that link consumers to the Internet
--forbids X to raise Y -- "to raise" doesn't seem appropriate.
D)forbidding for the next three years to state and local governments the raising of taxes on connections that link consumers to the Internet
-- present progressive tense is not required.
E)that forbids for the next three years state and local governments from raising taxes on connections that link consumers to the Internet
--verb forbids takes a direct object therefore here the usage is incorrect.
I do not agree with the answer or may beI am missing something. Let's discuss and I will post the OA


Thanks for posting a good question. IMO the answer is (b)
also, can anyone suggest whether the following are idiomatic-
1.forbids X to raise Y
2.forbids X from raising Y

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The idiom is "forbid to".
All of the other choices use "forbid for" or "forbid from".

So its C.

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According to the Oxford Dictionary, BOTH idioms are correct:

for•bid /fbd; NAmE frb/ verb (for•bade /fbd; fbed; NAmE frb/ for•bid•den /fbdn; NAmE frb/)
1 ~ sb (from doing sth) to order sb not to do sth; to order that sth must not be done: [vn] He forbade them from mentioning the subject again. Her father forbade the marriage. [vn to inf] You are all forbidden to leave.

Consulting teh MGMAT Sentence Correction Guide, it says that the GMAT "prefers" the idiom Forbid to.

But attention: you you prefer useing prohibit, only from is correct.

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ldpedroso wrote:
Consulting teh MGMAT Sentence Correction Guide, it says that the GMAT "prefers" the idiom Forbid to


I think it is not because "preference" here, it is, you pay attention to the movement of modifier "for the next three years", you will see what I mean! :lol:
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ldpedroso wrote:
Consulting teh MGMAT Sentence Correction Guide, it says that the GMAT "prefers" the idiom Forbid to


I think it is not because "preference" here, it is, you pay attention to the movement of modifier "for the next three years", you will see what I mean! :lol:


agreed. it uses the unidiomatic "forbid for" instead of "forbid from".
thanks ldpedroso +1
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