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# The labor agreement permits staff reductions through

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06 Sep 2004, 23:07
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The labor agreement permits staff reductions through <<attrition with increased pension benefits and a special early-retirement program for speeding it up.>>
(A) attrition with increased pension benefits and a special early-retirement program for speeding it up
(B) attrition and provides increased pension benefits and a special early-retirement program to speed the attrition process
(C) attrition, which will be speeded up by providing increased pension benefits and a special early retirement program
(D) attrition, which, by their providing increased pension benefits and a special early-retirement program, will speed the process
(E) attrition, which provides increased pension benefits and a special early-retirement program for speeding the attrition process

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07 Sep 2004, 01:50
hmmm, not easy this on. Or maybe I didn't see the error....
I keep A.

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07 Sep 2004, 08:28
I pick C.

B is out since "and... and... " doesn't sound good.
D is out since their has no referrent.
E is out since "attrition, which provides.... for speeding attrition" is meaningless.

Between, A and C, I choose C. A has "attrition with increased penstion benefits...". Attrition does not have benefits, rather staff reduction does.
C is good in that it tries to improve attrition "by providing X and Y".

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07 Sep 2004, 09:33
Can't be B, D, or E. The verb speed up is used to define acceleration. If it is just speed, it means go at a fast pace (and not necessarily accelerate).

Problem with A: the pronoun it can refer to either the labor agreement or the attrition process.

C appears to be the best choice despite an over-reaching use of the passive voice (grammatically correct, nevertheless).

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07 Sep 2004, 09:33
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