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

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One of Ronald Reaganâ€™s first acts as President was to rescind President Carterâ€™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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14 Sep 2004, 00:32
Since the underlined phrase modifies "President Carter's Directive", my choice is option E
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14 Sep 2004, 00:48
I choose A.

C is not much better than the original sentence.

E is most prob not correct because directive (requirement) should be followed by an infinitive (be prohibited) rather than (is prohibited).

In summary, this is tough... am not so sure neither.
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15 Sep 2004, 06:12
krish wrote:
One of Ronald Reaganâ€™s first acts as President was to rescind President Carterâ€™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.

My choice is C...

A - wordy: banned, prohibited...
B - countries that was banned - absurdity
D - verb tense is not correct: sold
E - from being sold - unidiomatic
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15 Sep 2004, 12:32
I pick C
A) "prohibited from sale" is unidiomatic
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15 Sep 2004, 13:05
I will go with A.
"be prohibited " is what prompted me.
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16 Sep 2004, 06:17
I go for C. Apart from the reasons outlined by Paul and others in favour of C, I think the Intent of the sentence also matters.

One thing we get out of the sentence is that - Carter had some directive THAT Reagan Annulled(rescind).

Having said that, A,B, and E flows as though it is Carter's directive to prohibit sale of banned chemicals. Read the sentence again and you'll notice '...Carter's directive that....'.

So, sentence corrected using prohibiting I think makes the right impact. If you guys think that I have thought too much(or too little), let me know - I will take some much needed rest.
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16 Sep 2004, 17:19
OA is C.
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