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# Faced with an estimated \$ 2 billion budget gap, the city's

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Faced with an estimated \$ 2 billion budget gap, the city's mayor proposed a nearly 17 percent reduction in the amount allocated the previous year to maintain the city's major cultural institutions and to subsidize hundreds of local arts groups.

A. proposed a nearly 17 percent reduction in the amount allocated the previous year to maintain the city's major cultural institutions and to subsidize hundreds of local arts gourps.
B. proposed a reduction from the previous year of nearly 17 percent in the amount it was allocating to maintain the city's major cultural institutions and for subsidizing.
C. proposed to reduce, by nearly 17 percent, the amount from the previous year that was allocated for the maintenance of the city's major cultural institutions and to subsidize.
D. has proposed a reduction from the previous year of nearly 17 percent of the amount it was allocated for maintaining the city's major cultural institutions and to subsidize
E. was proposing that the amount they were allocating be reduced by nearly 17 percent from the previous year for maintaining the city's major cultural institutions and for the subsidization.
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29 Sep 2005, 03:22
Faced with an estimated \$ 2 billion budget gap, the city's mayor proposed a nearly 17 percent reduction in the amount allocated the previous year to maintain the city's major cultural institutions and to subsidize hundreds of local arts groups.

I'll stick with A.
IMO A uses correct parallellism.

A. proposed a nearly 17 percent reduction in the amount allocated the previous year to maintain the city's major cultural institutions and to subsidize hundreds of local arts gourps.

B, C and D are not is not parallell.
In E the pronoun 'they' is not correct.
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29 Sep 2005, 03:51
in that case, even C is parallel. consider this:

C. proposed to reduce, by nearly 17 percent, the amount from the previous year that was allocated for the maintenance of the city's major cultural institutions and to subsidize.

IMO, "reducing the budget amount" and "allocating the excess to XXXX" shud be prarallel.

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29 Sep 2005, 07:47
A. proposed a nearly 17 percent reduction in the amount allocated the previous year to maintain the city's major cultural institutions and to subsidize hundreds of local arts gourps.
>> No. Just doesn't sound right, too awkward. Although everything else is grammatically correct.

B. proposed a reduction from the previous year of nearly 17 percent in the amount it was allocating to maintain the city's major cultural institutions and for subsidizing.
>> No. Not parallel.

C. proposed to reduce, by nearly 17 percent, the amount from the previous year that was allocated for the maintenance of the city's major cultural institutions and to subsidize.
>> Yes, IMO. Not as awkward as A, tense is correct and is parallel.

D. has proposed a reduction from the previous year of nearly 17 percent of the amount it was allocated for maintaining the city's major cultural institutions and to subsidize
>> No. Same as B, not parallel.

E. was proposing that the amount they were allocating be reduced by nearly 17 percent from the previous year for maintaining the city's major cultural institutions and for the subsidization
>> No. Incorrect tense and parallelism.
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29 Sep 2005, 08:06
A IMO, C is wrong because it sounds like he is reducing the amount from previous year...
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30 Sep 2005, 03:56
I go with C, as it seems to be parallel.

What is the OA?
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30 Sep 2005, 04:46
Hi laxieqv,

can you post the OA/OE for this?

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30 Sep 2005, 06:34
laxieqv wrote:
Faced with an estimated \$ 2 billion budget gap, the city's mayor proposed a nearly 17 percent reduction in the amount allocated the previous year to maintain the city's major cultural institutions and to subsidize hundreds of local arts groups.

A. proposed a nearly 17 percent reduction in the amount allocated the previous year to maintain the city's major cultural institutions and to subsidize hundreds of local arts gourps.
B. proposed a reduction from the previous year of nearly 17 percent in the amount it was allocating to maintain the city's major cultural institutions and for subsidizing.
C. proposed to reduce, by nearly 17 percent, the amount from the previous year that was allocated for the maintenance of the city's major cultural institutions and to subsidize.
D. has proposed a reduction from the previous year of nearly 17 percent of the amount it was allocated for maintaining the city's major cultural institutions and to subsidize
E. was proposing that the amount they were allocating be reduced by nearly 17 percent from the previous year for maintaining the city's major cultural institutions and for the subsidization.

Answer is definately A - this choice makes parallel the infinitives "to maintain" and "to subsidize".
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05 Oct 2005, 01:51
Sorry to all for my late OA due to my vacation here
Yeah, congrats to all as you all picked A~!!!
OE is indeed:
The construction the amount allocated ...to maintain...and to subsidize is parallel, while the phrase a nearly 17 percent reduction in the amount allocated the previous year is both clear and concise. In B, the phrease allocating to maintain...and for subsidizing is not parallel. The construction a reduction from the previous year of nearly 17 percent in the amount is awkward. imprecise, and excessviely wordy. Furthermore, there is no grammatical regerent for it in the phrase it was allocating. In C, the phrase proposed to reduce, by nearly 17 percent, the amount from the previous year that was allocated is unidiomatic and overly wordy. Choice C also violates parallelism with allocated for the maintenance of .....and to subsidize. In D, there is no grammatical referent for it in the phrase it was allocating : the mayor, not the city, is the subject of the clause. Choice D also violates parallelism with allocating for maintaining ...and to subsidize. In E, the progressive was proposing is unnecessary, and there is no grammatical regerent for they in the phrase they were allocating. Furthermore, for maintaining...and for the subsidization is not parallel.
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05 May 2015, 07:02
Discussed here. Thread locked.
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