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

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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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04 Aug 2009, 15:14
I absolutely hate this problem. Every time I see it I get it wrong and I've attempted it about 3 or 4 times already. I've memorized the answer now that I've seen it so often.
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04 Aug 2009, 16:30
haha second time i saw this problem, but dont remember the answer...but this time i choose C...is it the answer?

A. B. prohibited from sale to other countries sounds awkward...D is sold to other countries is also awkward...E is too wordy...is prohibited from being sold...C looks more right grammatically although the meaning of which is a little confusing...wouldn't "directives that prohibits the sale..."better than prohibiting the sale...?
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04 Aug 2009, 17:12
My vote is A.
Prohibited from is the correct idiom, which is reflected in choices A, B, and E.
Choice word has the word "being", which I automatically deemed wrong. Between A and B, I choose A.
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05 Aug 2009, 06:08
noboru wrote:
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 ["that was banned" should be next to "any chemical"]
(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 ["is" wrong tense]
(E) that any chemical banned in the United States on medical grounds is prohibited from being sold to other countries ["is" wrong tense]

Between A and C, I think C is more concise.
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05 Aug 2009, 06:27
Between A & C... I prefer C for concision
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05 Aug 2009, 08:05
noboru wrote:
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 implies that countries are banned
(C) prohibiting the sale to other countries of any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States it is not clear whether Reagon's first act is prohibiting or the Carter's directive is prohibiting...
(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 [color=#FF00FF][/from being color] sold to other countries

I have seen this type of sentence structure in several prep materials. I believe, this is a very common concept tested in GMAT.

I bet, the sentence is correct as it is.
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05 Aug 2009, 10:45
bipolarbear wrote:
I absolutely hate this problem. Every time I see it I get it wrong and I've attempted it about 3 or 4 times already. I've memorized the answer now that I've seen it so often.

same to me every time a have a feeling that it is a subjunctive mood, but get disappointed. As I remember correct answer is C.
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08 Aug 2009, 21:31
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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