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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 (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 allocating 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 [Reveal] Spoiler: Please explain your answers. Also, is 'allocated for' not idiomatic? [Reveal] Spoiler: OA Last edited by Harley1980 on 22 Jun 2015, 05:24, edited 2 times in total. Added the OA If you have any questions you can ask an expert New! Manager Joined: 25 Apr 2007 Posts: 50 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 2 [0], given: 0 Re: Faced with an estimated$2 billion budget gap, the citys [#permalink]

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24 Oct 2007, 11:49
[quote="eyunni"]290. 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 (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 allocating 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 IMO C Manager Joined: 01 Oct 2007 Posts: 87 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 24 [5] , given: 0 Re: Faced with an estimated$2 billion budget gap, the citys [#permalink]

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290. 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 (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 allocating 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 Please explain your answers. Also, is 'allocated for' not idiomatic? It's A. B and C violate parallelism: "to maintain"/"for subsidizing" or "for the maintenance"/"to subsidize." D and E contain unclear pronouns: "it" in D and "they" in E both lack clear antecedents. Director Joined: 11 Jun 2007 Posts: 645 Followers: 6 Kudos [?]: 304 [0], given: 0 Re: Faced with an estimated$2 billion budget gap, the citys [#permalink]

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24 Oct 2007, 17:32
OA is A
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16 Apr 2010, 23:41
Even I selected C first but when I rechecked it should be A.

Clues:
1. "allocated to" is the correct usage.
2. || b/w "to maintain" and "to subsidize"
3. Mayor proposed to reduce the amount for this year, in comparison to the amount which was allocated last year.

So, close contenders are A and C. C is out as the meaning of sentence is changed and also C is not following above three clues.

I hope this helps.
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20 Jul 2010, 06:32
(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
CORRECT ANSWER: to maintain and to subsidize (parallel, both infinitive forms)

(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
to maintaining and for subsidizing (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
for maintenance and to subsidize

(D) has proposed a reduction from the previous year of nearly 17 percent of the amount it was allocating for maintaining the city’s major cultural institutions, and to subsidize
for maintaining 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
incorrect.

Also, as per my understanding "allocated to" is the right usage.
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290. 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 (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 allocating 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 the idiom is allocate to.. only A and B have that. but in B, to maintain and for subsidizing are not ||. A maintains the ||ism allocated to maintain ...to subsidized ... A is correct Senior Manager Joined: 20 Jul 2010 Posts: 269 Followers: 2 Kudos [?]: 85 [0], given: 9 Re: Faced with an estimated$2 billion budget gap, the citys [#permalink]

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12 Sep 2010, 17:57
My approach was
I ruled out D and E because proposed to was correct here.

Then I ruled A out thinking its verbose (reduction of etc) and selected C. I missed || between to maintain and to subsidize
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The catch is between A and C.

A is correct but the reason why C is wrong is that C changes the intended meaning.

1. Use of 'from' is wrong
2. If proposed to reduce....to subsidize are considered parallel, then it means that the mayor is proposing two things- reduce the amount for maintenance and subsidize the local arts group.
Subsidizing will actually increase the budget gap. Thus it can not be the intended meaning,

Even I marked it C while practicing. But A is correct.
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Rephrase like below
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Nice one, tricky too. Thanks for explanation guys!
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17 Apr 2012, 23:29
I agree with answer choice A(love gurpreetsingh's explanation)......but csn someone tell me why .....'nearly 17% reduction' is not wtrong....'nearly' is an adver that should modify a verb....which verb is it modifying here????
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