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Finally reaching a decision on an issue that has long been politically charged in the Pacific Northwest, politicians decided to postpone by at least five years an ambitious plan to protect wild salmon and other endangered fish, instead of which they proposed a series of smaller steps, by which they intend to protect the fish.

A. politicians decided to postpone by at least five years an ambitious plan to protect wild salmon and other endangered fish, instead of which they proposed a series of smaller steps, by which they intend
B. politicians decided to postpone by at least five years an ambitious plan to protect wild salmon and other endangered fish, proposing instead a series of smaller steps intended
C. politicians decided to postpone by at least five years an ambitious plan for protecting wild salmon and other endangered fish, and instead they proposed a series of smaller steps, intending
D. an ambitious plan to protect wild salmon and other endangered fish was postponed by politicians, who instead proposed a series of smaller steps, intending
E. an ambitious plan to protect wild salmon and other endangered fish has been postponed by politicians, proposing instead a series of smaller steps intended
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16 Dec 2006, 14:31
Participle is tested here

Proposing is referring to the subject politicians in the clause "politicians decided to postpone by at least five years an ambitious plan to protect wild salmon and other endangered fish".
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first of all 'ambitious plan' didn't reach any decision -> D and E out instantly

second, 'for protecting' means ACTION, so can't use gerund -> C is out

third, 'fish instead of which they proposed steps' what's that??? -> A is OUT

B here 100%
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16 Dec 2006, 15:49
Thanks U2lover for your explanation

I was toggling between B and C because I didnâ€™t notice â€œplan to doâ€
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16 Dec 2006, 17:46
[quote="anindyat"]Thanks U2lover for your explanation

I was toggling between B and C because I didnâ€™t notice â€œplan to doâ€
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16 Dec 2006, 17:55
[quote="u2lover"][quote="anindyat"]Thanks U2lover for your explanation

I was toggling between B and C because I didnâ€™t notice â€œplan to doâ€
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16 Dec 2006, 18:09
trivikram,

intending refers to STEPS, steps were INTENDED by politicians... they didn't intend anything themselves -> need passive form here.

proposing refers to POLITICIANS and is a part of the modifier to 'politicians'

the answer should be B

the example above is hypothetically changed to see which choice b/w B and C is better.

did you pick C initially? C has problem with GERUND 'for proposing', which is not a modifier, but a part of indep. clause... therefore can't be used as participle. don't mix those two

finally... with C... we should have BUT and not AND, because of the constrast of ideas "INSTEAD" -> they decided to postpone, BUT proposed something else

with AND it would sound like this: they decided to postpone and sent the fish to chill on its own.
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16 Dec 2006, 18:16
u2lovergirl:

I did pick B for the original question. That was much more easier than the one modified version of C by our buddy anindyat.

The modified choice C did confuse me...So I was just confirming my undestanding.
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