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# Oberlin College in Ohio was a renegade institution at its

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Oberlin College in Ohio was a renegade institution at its 1833 founding for deciding to accept both men and women as students.

(A) at its 1833 founding for deciding to accept
(B) for the decision at its 1833 founding to accept
(C) when it was founded in 1833 for its decision to accept
(D) in deciding at its founding in 1833 to accept
(E) by deciding at its founding in 1833 on the acceptance of

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13 Sep 2004, 17:47
D it is
C sounds as if it was founded for the decision to accept men and women
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13 Sep 2004, 19:40
Bhai wrote:
Oberlin College in Ohio was a renegade institution at its 1833 founding for deciding to accept both men and women as students.

(A) at its 1833 founding for deciding to accept
(B) for the decision at its 1833 founding to accept
(C) when it was founded in 1833 for its decision to accept
(D) in deciding at its founding in 1833 to accept
(E) by deciding at its founding in 1833 on the acceptance of

I was stuck between B and D
I finally picked B

Can anyone explain what's wrong in B?

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14 Sep 2004, 13:57
Could some one tell what this question is testing and why the other choices are incorrect?

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14 Sep 2004, 14:02
B sounds as if there were more than one founding. "the 1833 founding" --> What about the 1923 founding?
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11 Jan 2005, 20:41
Can anyone please analyze more in detail each of the choices?
First I went for C then for B...

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11 Jan 2005, 21:07
When referring to a founding year, you cannot talk of it in a possessive form. Thus, A and B, reworded, would mean "the 1833 founding of Oberlin College..." This is illogical. Instead, it should have had the form "Oberlin College was founded in 1833..." or "Oberlin College...at its founding in 1833". In the latter case, it is not "1833" but "the founding" which belonged to Oberlin College. We are left out with C, D and E.
E "deciding on the acceptance of" is plain wordy
The difference b/w C and D is more subtle but involves a crucial difference in logical understanding. C means that Oberlin College was founded for the decision to accept both men and women and that's why it was considered a renegade institution. Alright, you can found X for some cause but for a decision... I don't think so .
ie Centraide was founded for the protection of underprivileged children
ie Centraide was founded for the decision to protect underprivileged children -->

D is the best answer choice. Let's break it down:
Oberlin College in Ohio was a renegade institution in deciding at its founding in 1833 to accept both men and women as students.
The portion in red is a preposition phrase. Remove it and you will the clear logic. Why was Oberlin College a renegade institution? Because it decided(in deciding) to accept both men and women as students
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11 Jan 2005, 21:09
Janice,
I got D by asking myself "what made oberlin college a renegade institution compared to other institutions." It was their decision to accept men and women.

A B and C seem to emphasise the founding rather than the decision.

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12 Jan 2005, 18:50
I pick D.

The main thing is to explain why it's a renegade institution. A and C place the emphasis on the "where" and "when," respectively.

E is a little wordy with "on the acceptance of."

I prefer D over B because of the "in 1833" and the more active voice ("in deciding" versus "for the decision").

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12 Jan 2005, 20:48
I choose D because 'renegade in' sounds better.

even though 'renegade for' is also ok, B is changing the meaning. so I pick D.

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02 Nov 2010, 14:28
"in deciding" is correct usage?
it sounds very bad for me.
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