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Section 301 of the 1988 Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness

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Section 301 of the 1988 Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act enables the United States Trade Representative to single out a country as an unfair trader, begin trade negotiations with that country, and, if the negotiations do not conclude by the United States government's being satisfied, to impose sanctions.

(A) by the United States government's being satisfied, to impose
(B) by the United States government's satisfaction, impose
(C) with the United States government's being satisfied, imposing
(D) to the United States government's satisfaction, impose
(E) to the United States government's satisfaction, imposing
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New post 24 Sep 2006, 16:22
close call between B and D
is 'conclude by' a correct idiom?



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Section 301 of the 1988 Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act enables the United States Trade Representative to single out a country as an unfair trader, begin trade negotiations with that country, and, if the negotiations do not conclude by the United States government’s being satisfied, to impose sanctions.

A. by the United States government’s being satisfied, to impose
B. by the United States government’s satisfaction, impose
C. with the United States government’s being satisfied, imposing
D. to the United States government’s satisfaction, impose
E. to the United States government’s satisfaction, imposing

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Section 301 of the 1988 Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act enables the United States Trade Representative to single out a country as an unfair trader, begin trade negotiations with that country, and, if the negotiations do not conclude by the United States government’s being satisfied, to impose sanctions.

A. by the United States government’s being satisfied, to impose
B. by the United States government’s satisfaction, impose
C. with the United States government’s being satisfied, imposing
D. to the United States government’s satisfaction, impose
E. to the United States government’s satisfaction, imposing


D, based on the idea that to do this, do this and, do this (where do is the verb and this is the thing to be done). Plus, you have to have 'to the US satisfaction' as you can't use 'by the US's satisfaction' : to something is a different meaning than by something.

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New post 27 Sep 2006, 22:15
besides llism, there is a very important buried idiom in this sentence:

...do not conclude to s~body's satisfaction...

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Section 301 of the 1988 Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act enables the United States Trade Representative to single out a country as an unfair trader, begin trade negotiations with that country, and, if the negotiations do not conclude by the United States government’s being satisfied, to impose sanctions.

A. by the United States government’s being satisfied, to impose
B. by the United States government’s satisfaction, impose
C. with the United States government’s being satisfied, imposing
D. to the United States government’s satisfaction, impose
E. to the United States government’s satisfaction, imposing



Everyone says 'D' for ||m ....what is parallel here??? to .... and to.... ???

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jerrywu wrote:
Section 301 of the 1988 Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act enables the United States Trade Representative to single out a country as an unfair trader, begin trade negotiations with that country, and, if the negotiations do not conclude by the United States government’s being satisfied, to impose sanctions.

A. by the United States government’s being satisfied, to impose
B. by the United States government’s satisfaction, impose
C. with the United States government’s being satisfied, imposing
D. to the United States government’s satisfaction, impose
E. to the United States government’s satisfaction, imposing



Everyone says 'D' for ||m ....what is parallel here??? to .... and to.... ???

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New post 25 Jul 2011, 01:58
+1 for D.

In the current context, "conclude to USA govt's satisfaction" is the correct phrase rather than "conclude by ......". So we are left with D and E.

If you read the sentence by plugging in choices D or E in the original sentence, you will see "impose sanctions" is the correct choice.

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+1 for D.

In the current context, "conclude to USA govt's satisfaction" is the correct phrase rather than "conclude by ......". So we are left with D and E.

If you read the sentence by plugging in choices D or E in the original sentence, you will see "impose sanctions" is the correct choice.

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How do you know conclude to is correct than other options... Can you please shed some light on it???

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crick20002002 wrote:
+1 for D.

In the current context, "conclude to USA govt's satisfaction" is the correct phrase rather than "conclude by ......". So we are left with D and E.

If you read the sentence by plugging in choices D or E in the original sentence, you will see "impose sanctions" is the correct choice.

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How do you know conclude to is correct than other options... Can you please shed some light on it???

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New post 01 May 2012, 11:02
Had to dig up this old one I had recently on GMAT prep test.

I understand parallelism narrows the choices down between B and D

because of the structure: To single out... begin... impose (where To is "carried" or implied across the entire structure)

However I have to restate siddhans question; could anyone elaborate on why To the united states is preferable over By the united states. Obviously I am not familiar with the rule so details are greatly appreciated!

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Hi All,

@joshuaRome & siddhans – The word “conclude” means “finish”. It is a verb in active voice.
1. I conclude the meeting by thanking you all for joining me.
2. He concluded the conference with a humorous quote.
3. She will conclude the recital on time.

Now when we add preposition “by” after “conclude”, it suggests that the action of conclusion is performed by someone. It turns the structure to passive form. Moreover, the correct passive form is “is/was/are/were concluded”. Hence, “conclude by the US government’s satisfaction” is ungrammatical.
The correct idiom is “conclude to the US government’s satisfaction”.

@siddhans – The parallel entities in the list of the correct answer choice D are to single out, (to) begin, and (to) impose.

Hope this helps.
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I am not a native English speaker, but I think this is about "to one's satisfaction". Of course, in this sentence "conclude to the US government's satisfaction" makes sense, but in other cases, such as "Years later, Mr. Wayner testified that lingering issues of due diligence had never been resolved to his satisfaction."[url](http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/busin ... .html?_r=0)[/url], "to one's satisfaction" is widely used.

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Still don't understand why "conclude to" is better than "conclude by"...

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This question is testing PARALLELISM.
We have a list structure, so we need to make sure all of the elements in our list are parallel. Whenever we have a list with infinitives, we have two options:

1) Use the "to" every time: I like to dance, to sing, and to paint

2) Use the "to" only for the first list element. It is implied that it will apply to all other list elements: I like to dance, sing, and paint.

We are NOT allowed to drop the "to" for the 2nd element, then bring it back for the third:
I like to dance, sing, and to paint.

In this sentence, our list is:
Section 301 of the 1988 Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act enables the United States Trade Representative to:
a) single out a country as an unfair trader,
b) begin trade negotiation with that country, and, (if the negotiations do not conclude by the United States government’s being satisfied,)
c) to impose sanctions.

The third list item does not match. We cannot use the "to" again, since we didn't use it with "begin."

A. by the United States government’s being satisfied, to impose
We can't use "to." Incorrect.

B. by the United States government’s satisfaction, impose
Correct continuation of "to single..., begin..., and impose," but wrong idiom usage. We can't say "by one's satisfaction." We say "to one's satisfaction."

C. with the United States government’s being satisfied, imposing
Not parallel

D. to the United States government’s satisfaction, impose
Correct parallelism, correct idiom.

E. to the United States government’s satisfaction, imposing
Not parallel

Section 301 of the 1988 Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act enables the United States Trade
Representative to single ( I element of list)out a country as an unfair trader, begin( II element) trade negotiations with that
country, and, if the negotiations do not conclude by the United States government’s being satisfied,
to impose (III element, which is not parallel with the earlier two) sanctions.

So we need “IMPOSE” to make list parallel
This leaves us with B and D.

Now when we add preposition “by” after “conclude”, it suggests that the action of conclusion is performed by someone. It turns the structure to passive form. Moreover, the correct passive form is “is/was/are/were concluded”. Hence, “conclude by the US government’s satisfaction” is ungrammatical.
The correct idiom is “conclude to the US government’s satisfaction”.

B- “conclude by” is wrong usage. “concluded to” is better.
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