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# The first National bank of Boston pleaded guilty in a

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The first National bank of Boston pleaded guilty in a federal district court for failing to report \$1.2 billion in cash transfers to Swiss Bank

A. for failing to report
B. for its failure to report
C. for its failure in reporting
D. to its failure in reporting
E. to failing to report

whats the correct idiom...I think its (A). Any suggestions

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17 Jun 2009, 04:39
On doing a quick googling, I found that "pleaded guilty to" is correct usage

so, A, B and C should be out. Out of D and E, "to report" sounds better, hence answer should be E.

But someone please explain, if usage "to failing" is correct ? how?
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17 Jun 2009, 08:28
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Options B, C and D should be eliminated as it uses its, which is very ambiguous.

Now we are down to A and E. If I didn't read this one article on the NYTimes, I would have chosen A for sure. I remember reading this on NYTimes and kicking myself on what I read. The news article read plead guilty ...blah blah... to!!!!

I was confused between plead guilty for and plead guilty to but now, my spreadsheet has one entry that tells me that plead guilty to is the correct idiom

So, E it is!
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17 Jun 2009, 08:32
'Plead guilty to + Noun' is the correct Idiom

to state that one is guilty of a crime before a court of law. Gerald refused to plead guilty to the crime and had to stand trial. Max pleaded guilty to the charge and then fled town.
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18 Jun 2009, 10:42
i doubt 'failing to report' is correct.
the sentence becomes ambiguous.

the bank of boston failed to report the transfer to swiss bank(failed in reporting to swiss bank, bank of boston was supposed to report to swiss bank but it didnt report)
the bank of boston failed to report the transfer to swiss bank(failed in reporting the money transfer to swiss bank, bank of boston failed to report the money that was transferred to swiss bank)

throw sum light on dis..?

n based upon ma doubts ans IMO is C
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18 Jun 2009, 11:04
+1 for E.

'plead guilty to' is indeed the correct idiom, which rules out A-C.

D has an ambiguous 'its'. Does it refer to the 'federal district court' or the bank?

'failing to report' in E is a participal phrase acting as a noun, not an infintive. Since the participal phrase names 'something', it correctly completes the 'pleaded guilty to' idiom.
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18 Jun 2009, 14:35
gb82 wrote:
+1 for E.

'plead guilty to' is indeed the correct idiom, which rules out A-C.

D has an ambiguous 'its'. Does it refer to the 'federal district court' or the bank?

'failing to report' in E is a participal phrase acting as a noun, not an infintive. Since the participal phrase names 'something', it correctly completes the 'pleaded guilty to' idiom.

While I agree that plead guilty to is the correct idiom, I am not sure failing to report is a participal phrase.

A participal phrase modifies a noun or pronoun. Generally modifiers are separated by commas.

It is possible that I dont know a different type of participal phrase. Are you sure that failing to report is a participal phrase here?

Failing to report \$1.2 billion in cash transfers to Swiss Bank, The first National bank of Boston pleaded guilty in a federal district court

Here clearly failing to report modifies is a PP and modifies TFNB clearly.

Can you elaborate more on your understanding of PP?
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19 Jun 2009, 07:52
But "plead guilty for" is also a correct phrase, isn't it? So I think "A" is correct
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19 Jun 2009, 10:40
WhyabloodyMBA wrote:
i doubt 'failing to report' is correct.
the sentence becomes ambiguous.

the bank of boston failed to report the transfer to swiss bank(failed in reporting to swiss bank, bank of boston was supposed to report to swiss bank but it didnt report)
the bank of boston failed to report the transfer to swiss bank(failed in reporting the money transfer to swiss bank, bank of boston failed to report the money that was transferred to swiss bank)

throw sum light on dis..?

n based upon ma doubts ans IMO is C

can anybody explain dis also...??plz
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19 Jun 2009, 12:10

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