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# The debate over bilingual education centers on the issue of

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The debate over bilingual education centers on the issue of whether the United States should foster the idea of single common language, an idea, some believe, that has in the past been crucial in binding diverse constituencies together.

A. been crucial in binding diverse constituencies together

B. been crucial as a binding together of diverse constituencies

C. been crucial to bind together constituencies that are diverse

D. become crucial in binding together diverse constituencies

E. become crucial to bind together constituencies that are diverse

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28 May 2009, 02:53
I am stuck between A and D, but going with A. What is the OA?
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28 May 2009, 17:15
humans wrote:
I am stuck between A and D, but going with A. What is the OA?

Same here, but I feel A looks better.
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28 May 2009, 20:54
OA is A.

Why did you guys choose A over C?
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28 May 2009, 20:55
OA is A.

Why did you guys choose A over C?
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29 May 2009, 08:15
I chose A. C is somewhat relaying the same message, but it seems a lot wordier than it should be. So, I chose the more concise option, A
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29 May 2009, 11:37
nightwing79 wrote:
The debate over bilingual education centers on the issue of whether the United States should foster the idea of single common language, an idea, some believe, that has in the past been crucial in binding diverse constituencies together.

A. been crucial in binding diverse constituencies together
B. been crucial as a binding together of diverse constituencies
C. been crucial to bind together constituencies that are diverse
D. become crucial in binding together diverse constituencies
E. become crucial to bind together constituencies that are diverse

Definitely A over C, which has many flaws:

i. First, C is not as succinct as A is: "to bind together constituencies that are diverse"
ii. Second "in binding" is more idiomatic than "to bind"
iii. Final C alters the meaning/sprit of the sentence.
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29 May 2009, 15:52
Can anybody please explain why not D?
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29 May 2009, 15:59
pmal04 wrote:
Can anybody please explain why not D?

Binding should be close to object for which it is used.
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30 May 2009, 02:05
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The debate over bilingual education centers on the issue of whether the United States should foster the idea of single common language, an idea, some believe, that has in the past been crucial in binding diverse constituencies together.

A. been crucial in binding diverse constituencies together

B. been crucial as a binding together of diverse constituencies

C. been crucial to bind together constituencies that are diverse

D. become crucial in binding together diverse constituencies

E. become crucial to bind together constituencies that are diverse

C as another error.

It is illogical for something to have been crucial "to bind" togethor.
In the past for something to have been crucial "in binding" togethor thing is logical.

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