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One of Ronald Reagans first acts as President was to rescind

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New post 17 Sep 2015, 20:46
very hard. I missed

prohibiting some from doing
or prohibit something

is pattern.
prohibit something from sale
are wrong
A and B out.
prohibit that+clause
is wrong,
D is out

between C and E, very hard,

not knowing why E is wrong. E is wordy.
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This is a tricky issue of meaning. Some would say that for E, we'd need the subjunctive: "the directive THAT any chemical banned in the United States BE prohibited." After all, the directive isn't saying that things already are prohibited. Rather, it's saying that this is what should happen.

But wait, that's not quite right, either. The directive is not telling us to prohibit things. It's *making* them prohibited. In other words, the directive directly prohibits the sale. It doesn't tell some unknown party to prohibit the sale later.
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New post 17 Sep 2015, 23:11
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Modifiers + Redundancy/Awkwardness

A and B: “prohibited from sale” is incorrect. “prohibited from selling” is correct.
Moreover, this sentence is not a subjunctive case.
D: Use of “that” is redundant. Passive voice à “prohibiting that chemical is sold” is awkward.
E: "X is prohibited from ..." is incorrect unless X is a person.
“chemical is prohibited from being sold” à incorrect.
“chemical companies are prohibited from selling the chemical”à correct
C: “prohibiting” modifies “directive” correctly. It is the “directive” prohibits and the “president” was to rescind the “directive”. Hence, C is the best choice.

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17. 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

My take is (A). but don't know why it is wrong .
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Underlined portion is to explain what Carter's directive was.

(A) that any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States be prohibited from sale to other countries 'that any chemical....' is not providing the information that is intended.
(B) that any chemical be prohibited from sale to other countries that was banned on medical grounds in the United States 'that' refers to 'countries'. Singular form 'was' is not right.
(C) prohibiting the sale to other countries of any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States. 'prohibiting' correctly gives additional information.
(D) prohibiting that any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States is sold to other countries. It must be 'prohibiting the sale of something'
(E) that any chemical banned in the United States on medical grounds is prohibited. 'prohibiting sale' is required
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New post 15 Feb 2017, 21:16
Even I marked A at first then after seeing the OA realized my mistake. Correct me if I am wrong:

(A) that any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States be prohibited from sale to other countries - The use of subjunctive is ok but the highlighted text is wrong grammar
(B) that any chemical be prohibited from sale to other countries that was banned on medical grounds in the United States - Same as A and also its wordy
(C) prohibiting the sale to other countries of any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States - Prohibiting the sale sounds right
(D) prohibiting that any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States is soldto other countries - The highlighted text is wrong grammar
(E) that any chemical banned in the United States on medical grounds is prohibited from being sold to other countries - This seems correct but it is a wrong usage of subjunctive form.
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