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One of Ronald Reagan's first acts as President was to rescind President Carter's directive that any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States be prohibited from sale to other countries.

A. that any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States be prohibited from sale to other countries

B. that any chemical be prohibited from sale to other countries that was banned on medical grounds in the United States

C. prohibiting the sale to other countries of any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States

D. prohibiting that any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States is sold to other countries

E. that any chemical banned in the United States on medical grounds is prohibited from being sold to other countries

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If we look at this sentence, the part before the underlined portion already has a subject, a verb and an object. The object is 'President Carter's directive'. There is no subjunctive verb that follows 'directive'. Hence it would be incorrect to use the subjunctive form in this case. Hence we can eliminate A, B and E.

Since 'directive' is the object, what we need is a participial modifier to describe it. 'prohibiting that' is awkward.

Answer is C

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If we look at this sentence, the part before the underlined portion already has a subject, a verb and an object. The object is 'President Carter's directive'. There is no subjunctive verb that follows 'directive'. Hence it would be incorrect to use the subjunctive form in this case. Hence we can eliminate A, B and E.

Since 'directive' is the object, what we need is a participial modifier to describe it. 'prohibiting that' is awkward.

Answer is C


Pretty tricky. Subjunctive did me the last time. I got this wrong on the practise. I can see why C is correct. Good explanation Legend. +1

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I don't agree that option A is eliminated because of subjunctive usage. Infact after reading this on thread I read some other discussions and I agree to the following :

Prohibit from + gerund ....CORRECT USAGE

A...prohibit from + the sale ( the sale is a noun)...WRONG USAGE

But when I read first read the Q, I did not feel comfortable with A and found C concise and less wordy. I was waiting for responses to dig the reason why A is wrong. I have got it now :)

What do you think guys ??

I have added the same in my idiom list.

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I would agree with sondenso here. My choice is A. What's the OA rp?

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Legend wrote:
If we look at this sentence, the part before the underlined portion already has a subject, a verb and an object. The object is 'President Carter's directive'. There is no subjunctive verb that follows 'directive'. Hence it would be incorrect to use the subjunctive form in this case. Hence we can eliminate A, B and E.

Since 'directive' is the object, what we need is a participial modifier to describe it. 'prohibiting that' is awkward.

Answer is C


could you explain it a bit more? With C, I can't make out whether the sale was prohibited by the previous directive or the sale was prohibited after the abolition of the previous directive.

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People OA is C . thanks to all for good explanation ..

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New post 25 Nov 2008, 20:52
I got C too

Re why A is wrong

One of Ronald Reagan's first acts as President was to rescind President Carter's directive...

be to is different from verbs like suggest / recommend / demand / propose .... which can be followed by a clause with a bare infinitive

Also the phrase prohibiting... is a modifier of directive, not acts

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