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# SC: To help preserve ancient Egyptian monuments threate

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23 Oct 2007, 22:42
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To help preserve ancient Egyptian monuments threatened by high water tables, a Swedish engineering firm has proposed installing pumps, perhaps solar powered, to lower the underground water level and dig trenches around the bases of the stone walls.

(A) to lower the underground water level and dig trenches
(B) to lower the underground water level and to dig trenches
(C) to lower the underground water level and digging trenches
(D) that lower the underground water level and that trenches be dug
(E) that lower the underground water level and trench digging

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To help preserve ancient Egyptian monuments threatened by high water tables, a Swedish engineering firm has proposed installing pumps, perhaps solar powered, to lower the underground water level and dig trenches around the bases of the stone walls.

(A) to lower the underground water level and dig trenches
(B) to lower the underground water level and to dig trenches
(C) to lower the underground water level and digging trenches
(D) that lower the underground water level and that trenches be dug
(E) that lower the underground water level and trench digging

C.

'digging' is required to be || with 'installing'. Eliminate everything but C.

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24 Oct 2007, 05:45
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proposed installing pumps....digging trenches

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24 Oct 2007, 12:57
I vote for E. Would it not be "that" instead of "to", because it is a continuation of "proposed installing pumps,.......that.........

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23 Sep 2013, 16:47
trivikram wrote:
proposed installing pumps....digging trenches

C

Don't u think there should be a comma after water level

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23 Sep 2013, 22:43
I think it should be D. Relative pronoun that explains what the pumps will do as per the proposition. And since it is a proposition...proposed that trenches be dug....subjunctive...

Proposed what? Install pumps to lower ground water level, but installing pumps by themselves don't dig trenches, so, proposed pumps to lower underground water level, and proposed trenches be dug...I think it should be D.
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23 Sep 2013, 22:46
Or, it should be B, for the sake of parallelism. to lower underground water levels and to dig trenches around the bases.
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23 Sep 2013, 22:48
too many infinitive phrases here... -:)
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06 Oct 2013, 18:45
Fistail wrote:
To help preserve ancient Egyptian monuments threatened by high water tables, a Swedish engineering firm has proposed installing pumps, perhaps solar powered, to lower the underground water level and dig trenches around the bases of the stone walls.

(A) to lower the underground water level and dig trenches
(B) to lower the underground water level and to dig trenches
(C) to lower the underground water level and digging trenches
(D) that lower the underground water level and that trenches be dug
(E) that lower the underground water level and trench digging

Parallelism. Installing and digging trenches makes sense to me.

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15 Oct 2013, 12:19
we need to having digging to maintain parallelism with installing.....
C

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15 Apr 2014, 06:43
it is convincing but eGMAT says that use of word of word 'Propose' must come with 'that' and 'be' construction-- Subjunctive verb form -
It should be ---- that the UG water b3e lowered and that the trenches be dug.

So is the correct answer wrong as per GMAT format, if I follow eGMAT precisely (for other SC questions in future?)

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25 Dec 2014, 14:20
Hi Nidhi,

I also fell into trap when i looked at proposed....Normally propose is used in different way.. for example... I propose that all the team be here before noon....These kind of scenarios that is required. here we are talking about "has proposed" and there is no THAT immediately after proposed.. so it is not the construction we were thinking of... Installing pumps and digging are clearly parallel.... Even Manhattan says the same thing as e-gmat said.

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25 Dec 2014, 15:27
(B) to lower the underground water level and to dig trenches

X and Y consistency..
To X and To Y

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13 Sep 2015, 22:36
As mentioned at http://www.beatthegmat.com/egyptian-mon ... 15033.html OA is C.
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25 Apr 2016, 06:04
Fistail wrote:
To help preserve ancient Egyptian monuments threatened by high water tables, a Swedish engineering firm has proposed installing pumps, perhaps solar powered, to lower the underground water level and dig trenches around the bases of the stone walls.

(A) to lower the underground water level and dig trenches
(B) to lower the underground water level and to dig trenches
(C) to lower the underground water level and digging trenches
(D) that lower the underground water level and that trenches be dug
(E) that lower the underground water level and trench digging

The Swedish engineering firm is proposing two things :

1) Install pump
2) Dig trenches

So both of these should be parallel

A) ... has proposed installing pumps ... to (lower the underground water level and dig trenches)

This implies pump will dig trenches

B)..has proposed installing pumps....[ to (lower the underground water level) and to (dig trenches)]
Same as A

C) has proposed (installing pumps .. lower the underground water level) and ( digging trenches)

Yup. Correct

D)( installing pumps ..that lower the underground water level ) and (that trenches be dug)
Present continuous vs simple present. Out

E)..has proposed (installing pumps... that lower the underground water level) and (trench digging)

digging is a gerund and trench is an adjective here.

So we are comparing action to gerund here. So this is also out
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25 Apr 2016, 06:44
This question is testing us on Parallelism

To help preserve ancient Egyptian monuments threatened by high water tables, a Swedish engineering firm has proposed installing pumps ,perhaps solar powered, to lower the underground water level and digging trenches around the bases of the stone walls.

Here the Blue parts are the proposals of the Engineering firm (which are parallel)

1. Installing
2. Digging

installing pumps,perhaps solar powered, to lower the underground water level

Here the green and orange parts are modifying the Pumps

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