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# Most of Portugals 250,000 university students boycotted

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Most of Portugal s 250,000 university students boycotted [#permalink]

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13 May 2006, 21:20
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Most of Portugalâ€™s 250,000 university students boycotted classes in a one-day strike to protest a law that requires them to contribute \$330 a year toward the cost of higher education, previously paying \$7 per year.

A. year toward the cost of higher education, previously paying \$7 per year
B. year toward the cost of higher education, for which was previously paid \$7 per year
C. year, compared to the previously \$7 per year, toward the cost of higher education
D. year toward the cost of higher education, instead of the \$7 per year required previously
E. year as opposed to the \$7 per year required previously for the cost of higher education

open to discuss, thanks.
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13 May 2006, 22:10
jzchina wrote:
Most of Portugalâ€™s 250,000 university students boycotted classes in a one-day strike to protest a law that requires them to contribute \$330 a year toward the cost of higher education, previously paying \$7 per year.

A. year toward the cost of higher education, previously paying \$7 per year
B. year toward the cost of higher education, for which was previously paid \$7 per year
C. year, compared to the previously \$7 per year, toward the cost of higher education
D. year toward the cost of higher education, instead of the \$7 per year required previously
E. year as opposed to the \$7 per year required previously for the cost of higher education

between C and E. compared to in c is wrong.. so should be E.

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13 May 2006, 23:08
Prof could you please explain why 'compared to' is wrong...

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14 May 2006, 01:50
jzchina wrote:
Most of Portugalâ€™s 250,000 university students boycotted classes in a one-day strike to protest a law that requires them to contribute \$330 a year toward the cost of higher education, previously paying \$7 per year.

A. year toward the cost of higher education, previously paying \$7 per year
B. year toward the cost of higher education, for which was previously paid \$7 per year
C. year, compared to the previously \$7 per year, toward the cost of higher education
D. year toward the cost of higher education, instead of the \$7 per year required previously
E. year as opposed to the \$7 per year required previously for the cost of higher education

open to discuss, thanks.

I think the answer is E.
First, the use of toward is ackward. Betwen C & E, I choose E b/c the use of "compared to" is not right.

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Prof could you please explain why 'compared to' is wrong...

"compare to" is used to compare unlike things and "compare with" for similar or like things. here the comparision is between like things. therefore it is wrong.

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14 May 2006, 11:44
year toward the cost of higher education, instead of the \$7 per year required previously

D is wrong: misplaced modifier(?). The \$7 is supposed to contrast the
\$30, not cost of higher education. Choice D makes it seem students wanted the \$30 to go toward \$7 per year (doesn't make sense).

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14 May 2006, 12:20
i'm in between D and E..

IMO, If 'compared to' is wrong, 'opposed to' in E is also problematic..
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14 May 2006, 14:00
compared to the previously in C doesn't sound right at all. E seems to be the best choice here. I was also considering D (but not any more thanks to stevenzeng)

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15 May 2006, 00:12
Will go with Eâ€¦â€¦.. the only meaningful sentence

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15 May 2006, 02:52
Confused between D and E.
But I think I will take E.

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Most of Portugal’s 250,000 university students boycotted classes in a one-day strike to
protest a law that requires them to contribute \$330 a year toward the cost of higher
education, previously paying \$7 per year.

A. year toward the cost of higher education, previously paying \$7 per year
B. year toward the cost of higher education, for which was previously paid \$7 per
year
C. year, compared to the previously \$7 per year, toward the cost of higher education
D. year toward the cost of higher education, instead of the \$7 per year required
previously
E. year as opposed to the \$7 per year required previously for the cost of higher
education

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I would go for D

Most of Portugal’s 250,000 university students boycotted classes in a one-day strike to
protest a law that requires them to contribute \$330 a year toward the cost of higher
education, previously paying \$7 per year.

A. year toward the cost of higher education, previously paying \$7 per year
previously paying modifies law not students, therefore incorrect

B. year toward the cost of higher education, for which was previously paid \$7 per
year
Passive voice also distort the meaning

C. year, compared to the previously \$7 per year, toward the cost of higher education
previously is an adverb . can't modify 7\$ a year which is a noun

D. year toward the cost of higher education, instead of the \$7 per year required
previously
CORRECT 7\$ is correctly compared to the new 330\$

E. year as opposed to the \$7 per year required previously for the cost of higher
education
This is a good one and could be a choice BUT cost of higher education only modifies the 7\$ paid in previous year and doesn't modify the currect 330\$. I believe that phrase as opposed to the \$7 per year required previously should be in commas

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Most of Portugal’s 250,000 university students boycotted classes in a one-day strike to
protest a law that requires them to contribute \$330 a year toward the cost of higher
education, previously paying \$7 per year.

A. year toward the cost of higher education, previously paying \$7 per year
B. year toward the cost of higher education, for which was previously paid \$7 per
year
C. year, compared to the previously \$7 per year, toward the cost of higher education
D. year toward the cost of higher education, instead of the \$7 per year required
previously
E. year as opposed to the \$7 per year required previously for the cost of higher
education

What do you think guys?

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14 Jun 2008, 13:40
Yep D for me too

although 'E' looked good too but somehow i am not comfortable with the use of "opposed to"

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14 Jun 2008, 16:15
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I believe the answer is D.

Reasoning:
There are no grammatical flaws in sentences D or E that I notice. I even believe that sentence E sounds better because it goes along with the sentence. Students boycotting, leads you to believe that the new amount of money that students are forced to pay opposes the old amount.

However, putting "as opposed to" into the sentence changes the meaning of the original. The original only indicates that there are new amounts to be paid. It doesn't offer that the amounts are "opposing" each other

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14 Jun 2008, 19:07
shouldn't we have "towards" instead of "toward" here ? sm1 pls. throw some light on this.
E eliminates the word "toward" here, therefore IMO E is correct.
what do you say guys ?

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14 Jun 2008, 21:21
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shouldn't we have "towards" instead of "toward" here ? sm1 pls. throw some light on this.
E eliminates the word "toward" here, therefore IMO E is correct.
what do you say guys ?

I actually thought this at first so I looked it up.

Toward and Towards are interchangable. Toward is usually used in America where towards is usually used in Britain.

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14 Jun 2008, 22:36
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shouldn't we have "towards" instead of "toward" here ? sm1 pls. throw some light on this.
E eliminates the word "toward" here, therefore IMO E is correct.
what do you say guys ?

I actually thought this at first so I looked it up.

Toward and Towards are interchangable. Toward is usually used in America where towards is usually used in Britain.

thanks. +1

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15 Jun 2008, 01:15
OA is D

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15 Jun 2008, 04:01
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A good Q.
Could any one explain the elimination reason for C.

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