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15 Jan 2007, 02:00
290. Faced with an estimated \$2 billion budget gap, the cityâ€™s mayor proposed a nearly 17 percent reduction in the amount allocated the previous year to maintain the cityâ€™s major cultural institutions and to subsidize hundreds of local arts groups.
(A) proposed a nearly 17 percent reduction in the amount allocated the previous year to maintain the cityâ€™s major cultural institutions and to subsidize
(B) proposed a reduction from the previous year of nearly 17 percent in the amount it was allocating to maintain the cityâ€™s major cultural institutions and for subsidizing
(C) proposed to reduce, by nearly 17 percent, the amount from the previous year that was allocated for the maintenance of the cityâ€™s major cultural institutions and to subsidize
(D) has proposed a reduction from the previous year of nearly 17 percent of the amount it was allocating for maintaining the cityâ€™s major cultural institutions, and to subsidize
(E) was proposing that the amount they were allocating be reduced by nearly 17 percent from the previous year for maintaining the cityâ€™s major cultural institutions and for the subsidization
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15 Jan 2007, 02:48
hmm .. it's gotta be either A or C

it's not B because of ||ism .. to maintain is not parallel with for subsidizing
it's not D nor E because no need for passive voice or present perfect tense.. .simple past tense verb [proposed] should do it.
Now, between A and C I believe it's a matter of idioms. porposed to something or a proposed a something ?!

let me check ..
it seems like both are correct.

let's see what else makes the two options different
I dunno .. i don't see anything wrong with the original sentence to change it with C .. plus C somewhat changes the meaning .. it's allocated from prevous year.. not the amount from the previous year.

My Answer is : A
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15 Jan 2007, 06:53
Definitely A
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15 Jan 2007, 09:23
A is good enough..
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15 Jan 2007, 11:08
Testing parallelism and verb tense.
(A) parallel and logical order. â€œproposedâ€
15 Jan 2007, 11:08
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