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The administrative council suggested that support for the auditorium expansion, which could be opened in coming March, is obtained through the university's alumni association.

A. that support for the auditorium expansion, which could be opened in coming March, is
B. that support for the expansion of the auditorium, which could be opened in coming March, be
C. support for the expansion of the auditorium, perhaps opening in coming March, to be
D. support for the auditorium expansion, perhaps opening in coming March, is
E. expansion support for the auditorium, which could be opened in coming March, is to be

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The administrative council suggested that support for the auditorium expansion, which could be opened in coming March, is obtained through the university's alumni association.

A. that support for the auditorium expansion, which could be opened in coming March, is
B. that support for the expansion of the auditorium, which could be opened in coming March, be
C. support for the expansion of the auditorium, perhaps opening in coming March, to be
D. support for the auditorium expansion, perhaps opening in coming March, is
E. expansion support for the auditorium, which could be opened in coming March, is to be

Dear rohan2345,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

This question is an unmitigated disaster: it's very poorly constructed. After "suggested" we need the word "that," so (C) - (E) are immediately out. Those three choices are ridiculously easy to eliminate. The diction in choice (E) is appalling: it's unclear who would choose that.

Clearly the author is trying to create a scenario in which we have to use the subjunctive inside the "that" clause, but if this is the case, the verb "suggested" is altogether too flaccid and unclear. It's not clear from the prompt whether the "administrative council" is guessing about what the factual arrangement is or specifying what it should be. Because the meaning is unclear, we can't decisively choose between (A) & (B).

As someone who writes question professionally, I would give this question a grade of an F.

Here's a much higher quality practice question:
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Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)
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