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# QOTD: Faced with an estimated \$2 billion budget gap

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15 Aug 2018, 14:51
GMATNinja: in choice C>> "proposed to reduce, by nearly 17 percent, the amount from the previous year that was allocated". Doesn't it mean>> "to reduce the amount from the previous year" and can be eliminated so do other choices as well based on the same reasoning. Please confirm if this is correct interpretation.
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17 Aug 2018, 06:54
ravikumarmishra wrote:
GMATNinja: in choice C>> "proposed to reduce, by nearly 17 percent, the amount from the previous year that was allocated". Doesn't it mean>> "to reduce the amount from the previous year" and can be eliminated so do other choices as well based on the same reasoning. Please confirm if this is correct interpretation.

Sadly, I'm not sure what you're asking, but I'll give it a shot. (C) is wrong because the parallel construction creates an illogical meaning.

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Faced with an estimated \$2 billion budget gap, the city’s mayor proposed to reduce by nearly 17 percent, the amount from the previous year that was allocated for the maintenance of the city’s major cultural institutions and to subsidize hundreds of local arts groups.

According to this version of the sentence, the city's mayor is proposing to do two things:

1) He's proposing to reduce the amount of money allocated for maintenance of cultural institutions.
2) He's proposing to subsidize the local arts groups.

In what kind of fantasy world would the mayor respond to a budget gap by proposing to give money to arts groups? (A magical one, one where the children all have tap shoes and the streets are paved in sheet music from Gershwin musicals.) (C) is wrong because it makes no sense.

Contrast this with (A):

Quote:
Faced with an estimated \$2 billion budget gap, the city’s mayor proposed a nearly 17 percent reduction in the amount allocated the previous year to maintain the city’s major cultural institutions and to subsidize hundreds of local arts groups.

Now the mayor is proposing two things:

1) A reduction in the amount of money allocated to maintain cultural institutions
2) A reduction in the amount of money allocated to subsidize local arts groups.

Reducing money to local arts groups is a far more coherent response to a budget gap, albeit a depressing one. (A) is correct because it's the more logical construction.

I hope that helps!
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17 Aug 2018, 07:22
GMATNinja wrote:
ravikumarmishra wrote:
GMATNinja: in choice C>> "proposed to reduce, by nearly 17 percent, the amount from the previous year that was allocated". Doesn't it mean>> "to reduce the amount from the previous year" and can be eliminated so do other choices as well based on the same reasoning. Please confirm if this is correct interpretation.

Sadly, I'm not sure what you're asking, but I'll give it a shot. (C) is wrong because the parallel construction creates an illogical meaning.

Quote:
Faced with an estimated \$2 billion budget gap, the city’s mayor proposed to reduce by nearly 17 percent, the amount from the previous year that was allocated for the maintenance of the city’s major cultural institutions and to subsidize hundreds of local arts groups.

According to this version of the sentence, the city's mayor is proposing to do two things:

1) He's proposing to reduce the amount of money allocated for maintenance of cultural institutions.
2) He's proposing to subsidize the local arts groups.

In what kind of fantasy world would the mayor respond to a budget gap by proposing to give money to arts groups? (A magical one, one where the children all have tap shoes and the streets are paved in sheet music from Gershwin musicals.) (C) is wrong because it makes no sense.

Contrast this with (A):

Quote:
Faced with an estimated \$2 billion budget gap, the city’s mayor proposed a nearly 17 percent reduction in the amount allocated the previous year to maintain the city’s major cultural institutions and to subsidize hundreds of local arts groups.

Now the mayor is proposing two things:

1) A reduction in the amount of money allocated to maintain cultural institutions
2) A reduction in the amount of money allocated to subsidize local arts groups.

Reducing money to local arts groups is a far more coherent response to a budget gap, albeit a depressing one. (A) is correct because it's the more logical construction.

I hope that helps!

Thanks a lot GMATNinja for your elaborate response and I apologize for not clearly asking what I intended. Let me try again, here is my interpretation of the answer choices:

(B) proposed a reduction from the previous year of nearly 17 percent in the amount it was allocating to maintain the city’s major cultural institutions and for subsidizing

The highlighted part does not make sense to me. To me, the highlighted means>> reduction of a certain percentage of Amount from an Year

(C) proposed to reduce, by nearly 17 percent, the amount from the previous yearthat was allocated for the maintenance of the city’s major cultural institutions and to subsidize.

The highlighted part does not make sense to me. To me, the highlighted means>> Reduce some percentage of Amount from an Year.

(D) has proposed a reduction from the previous year of nearly 17 percent of the amount it was allocating for maintaining the city’s major cultural institutions, and to subsidize

Same interpretation as for choice B above.

(E) was proposing that the amount they were allocating be reduced by nearly 17 percent from the previous year for maintaining the city’s major cultural institutions and for the subsidization.

Same interpretation as for choice C above.

(A) proposed a nearly 17 percent reduction in the amount allocated the previous year to maintain the city’s major cultural institutions and to subsidize.

The highlighted part here makes perfect sense as it clearly mentions>> Reduction in amount

Could you please confirm if this is correct interpretation of the answer choices.
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