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# Encouraged by the scholarship granted him for his athletic ability, th

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Encouraged by the scholarship granted him for his athletic ability, the young basketball player decided on a nearly 50 percent increase in the amount of scheduled time he’d previously devoted to practicing free throws and layups.

(A) decided on a nearly 50 percent increase in the amount of scheduled time he’d previously devoted to practicing free throws and layups.

(B) decided on an increase of nearly 50 percent more than the previously scheduled time for practicing free throws and layups.

(C) increased by nearly 50 percent the amount of time scheduled to practicing free throws and layups as he had previously devoted.

(D) increased by nearly 50 percent the time devoted to scheduling free throws and layups practice that he’d previously devoted.

(E) decided to increase the time scheduled by nearly 50 percent the number he’d previously devoted to practicing free throws and layups.

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Originally posted by hazelnut on 19 Mar 2017, 07:36.
Last edited by hazelnut on 20 Mar 2017, 02:20, edited 1 time in total.
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20 Mar 2017, 00:59
ziyuen wrote:
Encouraged by the scholarship granted him for his athletic ability, the young basketball player decided on a nearly 50 percent increase in the amount of scheduled time he’d previously devoted to practicing free throws and layups.

(A) decided on a nearly 50 percent increase in the amount of scheduled time he’d previously devoted to practicing free throws and layups.

(B) decided on an increase of nearly 50 percent more than the previously scheduled time for practicing free throws and layups.

(C) increased by nearly 50 percent the amount of time scheduled to practicing free throws and layups as he had previously devoted.

(D) increased by nearly 50 percent the time devoted to scheduling free throws and layups practice that he’d previously devoted.

(E) decided to increase the time scheduled by nearly 50 percent the number he’d previously devoted to practicing free throws and layups.

Can anyone please explain the reason
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20 Mar 2017, 02:18
aniket1025 wrote:
Is it E?

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Dear aniket1025, Unfortunately, the correct answer is not E. You may refer the answer in the original post. The official answer is A.
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ziyuen wrote:
Encouraged by the scholarship granted him for his athletic ability, the young basketball player decided on a nearly 50 percent increase in the amount of scheduled time he’d previously devoted to practicing free throws and layups.

(A) decided on a nearly 50 percent increase in the amount of scheduled time he’d previously devoted to practicing free throws and layups.

(B) decided on an increase of nearly 50 percent more than the previously scheduled time for practicing free throws and layups.

(C) increased by nearly 50 percent the amount of time scheduled to practicing free throws and layups as he had previously devoted.

(D) increased by nearly 50 percent the time devoted to scheduling free throws and layups practice that he’d previously devoted.

(E) decided to increase the time scheduled by nearly 50 percent the number he’d previously devoted to practicing free throws and layups.

OFFICIAL SOLUTION

For this question, we need to make sense of the sequence of events. First the player had previously scheduled practice-time then he decided to increase it. Since the first action was completed before the second (he scheduled the original practice-time, then increased it), it makes sense that the first action would be past perfect and the second action would be simple past tense. What it confusing about this sentence is that the first action is placed after the second action. While this original sentence may sound wordy, it is grammatically correct.

In (B), the increase is modifying “scheduled time” rather than “amount of time,” which is the more precise meaning, while (D) has a similar problem in “time devoted to scheduling.” It’s the amount of practice-time that is increasing, not the amount of time spent scheduling. In (C), “scheduled to practicing” is awkward and unclear, and the construction of (E) also suffers from a lack of clarity with the use of the word “number” and the placements of “time scheduled.”

Before you read through the answer choices for any SC featuring underlined past tense and past perfect verbs, try to write down the sequence of events. Get the meaning as clear as possible, and you can more eliminate the tricky answer choices that change the verb tenses to distort the meaning of that sequence!
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07 Nov 2017, 23:41
Even after reading all the replies
I still can`t understand why (A) is better than (E)

Decide on (NOUN) VS Decide to (VERB)
The latter looks better for me.
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08 Nov 2017, 00:39
IMO A

C and D -- Change meaning

B and E -- Not better than A.
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bluetrain wrote:
Even after reading all the replies
I still can`t understand why (A) is better than (E)

Decide on (NOUN) VS Decide to (VERB)
The latter looks better for me.

In my opinion, "decide on" is wrong in this case. "Decide on" is used when the meaning implied is one possibility among several available. "Decide to" does not imply so.

We decided to go to the park. (We simply decided, we were not choosing from various options.)
We decided on going to the park. (We chose going to park from several options, e.g., we were considering going to movie or inviting a friend to dinner, but we decided ON going to the park.)
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