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# One of Ronald Reagans first acts as President was to rescind

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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 from being sold to other countries
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21 May 2009, 04:28
IMO A

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 --> best: correct subjunctive mooddirective that ... be ..., idiom: prohibit from
(B) that any chemical be prohibited from sale to other countries that was banned on medical grounds in the United States -->distorts original meaning
(C) prohibiting the sale to other countries of any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States --. wordy & ambiguous meaning
(D) prohibiting that any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States is sold to other countries --> awkward meaning
(E) that any chemical banned in the United States on medical grounds is prohibited from being sold to other countries -->ungrammatical

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23 May 2009, 19:41
E.

Between A & E for me.

What is OA pls?
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27 May 2009, 06:39
tenaman10 wrote:
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 from being sold to other countries

'that' is required here so C, and D are out.
E is out for 'being' -- easy elimination
between A and B, in B I didnt like this part "to other countries that was banned " so I choose A.

IMO A.

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27 May 2009, 08:10
IMO A.

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 . (Modifier issue. "That was banned" should be next to "the chemical".)
(C) prohibiting the sale to other countries of any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States (Awkward sentence formation. )
(D) prohibiting that any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States is sold to other countries (In correct use of to be verb in Subjunctive mood.)
(E) that any chemical banned in the United States on medical grounds is prohibited from being sold to other countries. (Incorrect use of To be verb in the subjunctive mood and also wordy / awkward.

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27 May 2009, 18:58
mrsmarthi wrote:
IMO A.

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 . (Modifier issue. "That was banned" should be next to "the chemical".)
(C) prohibiting the sale to other countries of any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States (Awkward sentence formation. )
(D) prohibiting that any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States is sold to other countries (In correct use of to be verb in Subjunctive mood.)
(E) that any chemical banned in the United States on medical grounds is prohibited from being sold to other countries. (Incorrect use of To be verb in the subjunctive mood and also wordy / awkward.

the reason I did not go for A is it could mean that the drugs were banned on medical grounds (like medical pastures...)

I do not think being is wrong.
e.g

God has stated that comics being sold to children is wrong.

What is OA pls?
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03 Jul 2009, 22:15
According to brutal SC the OA is C? Can someone explain it ?

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08 Aug 2009, 22:30
Manhattan:

i like choice c better for two reasons.

- 'directive that ... be prohibited' is more awkward than 'directive prohibiting ...', and may in fact be considered incorrect. (from what i've seen, the use of 'directive' is similar to that of 'law', and you can't say things like 'prohibition was a law that the sale of alcohol be prohibited'.)
- 'prohibited from sale': i'm pretty sure that's wrong. the correct use of the idiom in this case would be 'chemical companies were prohibited from selling chemicals...'
you could also say that the sale of such chemicals is prohibited.

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