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The state has proposed new rules that would set minimum staffing levels for nurses, rules intended to ensure that at least one nurse is assigned for every four patients put through triage in a hospital emergency room.

(A) rules intended to ensure that at least one nurse is assigned for every four patients put through triage in a hospital emergency room

(B) rules with the intent of ensuring one nurse at least to be assigned for every four patients to be put through triage in a hospital emergency room

(C) rules intending to ensure at least one nurse is assigned for every four patients in a hospital emergency room put through triage

(D) with the intent of ensuring that at least one nurse should be assigned for every four patients in a hospital emergency room that are put through triage

(E) and this is intended to ensure one nurse at least to be assigned for every four patients put through triage in a hospital emergency room


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Can some one plz explain me why A is not run-on sentence....


A is not a run-on sentence! "rules intended ..." is not a clause, it is a modifier! If it is a clause, it should be "rules intends to/rules are intended to.."
The state has proposed new rules that would set minimum staffing levels for nurses, rules [highlight](which are)[/highlight] intended to ensure that at least one nurse is assigned for every four patients put through triage in a hospital emergency room.

It's a resumptive modifier:
"A modifier that repeats a key word at the end of a sentence and then adds informative or descriptive details related to that word."
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A.rules intended to ensure that at least one nurse is assigned for every four patients put through triage in a hospital emergency room - OK.

B. rules with the intent of ensuring one nurse at least to be assigned for every four patients to be put through triage in a hospital emergency room - OUT; 'at least one nurse' not 'one nurse at least'

C. rules intending to ensure at least one nurse is assigned for every four patients in a hospital emergency room put through triage - OUT; misplaced 'put through triage'

D. with the intent of ensuring that at least one nurse should be assigned for every four patients in a hospital emergency room that are put through triage - OUT; misplaced 'put through triage'

E. and this is intended to ensure one nurse at least to be assigned for every four patients put through triage in a hospital emergency room - OUT; 'at least one nurse' not 'one nurse at least'

Hence I go with A.
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The state has proposed new rules that would set minimum staffing levels for nurses, rules intended to ensure that at least one nurse is assigned for every four patients put through triage in a hospital emergency room.
A.rules intended to ensure that at least one nurse is assigned for every four patients put through triage in a hospital emergency room
B. rules with the intent of ensuring one nurse at least to be assigned for every four patients to be put through triage in a hospital emergency room
C. rules intending to ensure at least one nurse is assigned for every four patients in a hospital emergency room put through triage
D. with the intent of ensuring that at least one nurse should be assigned for every four patients in a hospital emergency room that are put through triage
E. and this is intended to ensure one nurse at least to be assigned for every four patients put through triage in a hospital emergency room

OA....will be provided later...plz explain....


Intend + to is the correct idiom hence B,D are out
ensure + that is the correct idiom hence C,E are out

hence A is the correct answer
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why is rules intended and not rules intending?
The rules are not receiving the intention (intended), but "performing" the intention (intending).

Please clarify.
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this is a passive construction. the rules are intended to do something.
'rules intending' means that rules are intending to do something. rules don't have intentions.

that's why 'intending' is not correct
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The state has proposed new rules that would set minimum staffing levels for nurses, rules intended to ensure that at least one nurse is assigned for every four patients put through triage in a hospital emergency room.
A. rules intended to ensure that at least one nurse is assigned for every four patients put through triage in a hospital emergency room
B. rules with the intent of ensuring one nurse at least to be assigned for every four patients to be put through triage in a hospital emergency room
C. rules intending to ensure at least one nurse is assigned for every four patients in a hospital emergency room put through triage
D. with the intent of ensuring that at least one nurse should be assigned for every four patients in a hospital emergency room that are put through triage
E. and this is intended to ensure one nurse at least to be assigned for every four patients put through triage in a hospital emergency room

Experts please explain why option D is wrong.

Below are my doubts:

1) Isn't prepositional phrase "with the intent of .... " correctly working as adverbial modifier modifying the action "proposed"?
2) Why can't modifier "that are put through triage" modify the whole noun phrase "four patients in a hospital emergency room" instead of modifying just "hospital emergency room" . I have seen many Official questions in which relative clause modifies the noun before the prepositional phrase.
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1) It's unclear whether the prepositional modifier "with the intent of" modifies "proposed new rules" or "set staffing levels."
2) We should only put a modifier after the prepositional phrase if we need to. For instance, if I said "The jar of peanut butter that I bought is on the table," the modifier "that I bought" must follow "of peanut butter." We can't say "The jar that I bought of peanut butter is on the table." Here, the patients are put through triage in the emergency room, so we should put the modifiers in that order.

Also, watch out for the word "should." It is often used in redundant or problematic sentences. Here, we don't want to say "ensuring that one nurse should be assigned." It doesn't make sense to say that the rules ensure that one nurse SHOULD be assigned. We want to ensure that one nurse ACTUALLY IS assigned.
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The state has proposed new rules that would set minimum staffing levels for nurses, rules intended to ensure that at least one nurse is assigned for every four patients put through triage in a hospital emergency room.

Option A is presenting an absolute phrase modifer, which looks fine. I was only concerned with the meaning of "triage" whether it should modify nurses or patient.
I googled out its meaning and found that it is a process of prioritizing patients in a order as per the emergency. Thus, "put through triage" is modifying patients and that is also ok.

A.rules intended to ensure that at least one nurse is assigned for every four patients put through triage in a hospital emergency room -- OK

B. rules with the intent of ensuring one nurse at least to be assigned for every four patients to be put through triage in a hospital emergency room -- to be - to be awkward.

C. rules intending to ensure at least one nurse is assigned for every four patients in a hospital emergency room put through triage -- good contender against A, but put through triage is placed after room, making it a dangling modifier. Further for rules intending VS rules intended in this context intended wins.

D. with the intent of ensuring that at least one nurse should be assigned for every four patients in a hospital emergency room that are put through triage
Ensure - should pair is enough to eliminate it.

E. and this is intended to ensure one nurse at least to be assigned for every four patients put through triage in a hospital emergency room
this - expressing whole idea using pronoun -- not allowed.
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It is an example that tests noun+noun modifier concept. another similar examples are

1)[b]Floating in the waters of the equatorial Pacific, an array of buoys collects and transmits data on long-term
interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere, [color=#ec008c]interactions
that affect global climate.


2)Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species of the world’s social wasps, wasps living in a highly
cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of females—the queen and her sterile
female workers.
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3) With surface temperatures estimated at minus 230 degrees Fahrenheit, Jupiter's moon Europa has long been
considered far too cold to support life, and with 60 square miles of water thought to be frozen from top to
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A member sidhu4u has given a good approach to deal with such questions as below.
B) Europa has long been considered far too cold to support life, its
Correct answer.
Think of it like this: Europa, its 60 square miles of water thought to be frozen from top to bottom, has long been considered far too cold to support life.
This is a type of modifier I think although I'm not sure what the construction is called.
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If in E, there would have been 'atleast one nurse'.
Would it be considered as a right answer ? if not, then why ?
Please help.
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Hey Shivikaa ,

No, in that case also E would have been incorrect.

The original meaning of the sentence implies that rules were intended to do something.

But in E, the meaning is the reason for proposing those rules was to do something.

Do you see the change in the meaning? It was not the reason for proposing those rules rather it was proposing rules that do something.

Does that make sense?
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Can anyone explain me why was the word 'rules" again repeated in the second clause. As per which rule. I am unavailable to find it out. I think if there is no misplaced modifier in option D. It would have been a better option. Kindly help me.

Hi @kiranaimhighm, this repetition of rules is called resumptive modifier and adds clarity to the sentence.

You might want to do a Google search for this. I landed up on this article.
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If in E, there would have been 'atleast one nurse'.
Would it be considered as a right answer ? if not, then why ?
Please help.
thanks in advance.

Hi Shivikaa, easiest way to to eliminate E is that it incorrectly uses the "Demonstrative Pronoun" this. As abhimahana also alludes in his post, there is an ambiguity associated with what this refers to.

Hence, in non-comparison sentences, we would normally expect Demonstrative pronouns to be followed by a noun, to make it clear what the Demonstrative Pronoun is referring to. For example, E would have been better had it been:

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The state has proposed new rules that would set minimum staffing levels for nurses, rules intended to ensure that at least one nurse is assigned for every four patients put through triage in a hospital emergency room.

(A) rules intended to ensure that at least one nurse is assigned for every four patients put through triage in a hospital emergency room

Couldn't find any issue


(B) rules with the intent of ensuring one nurse at least to be assigned for every four patients to be put through triage in a hospital emergency room

With the intent of is WORDY

(C) rules intending to ensure at least one nurse is assigned for every four patients in a hospital emergency room put through triage

Put thru triage should modify patients

(D) with the intent of ensuring that at least one nurse should be assigned for every four patients in a hospital emergency room that are put through triage


The use of SHOULD implies oblogation but this word doea not fit here.

(E) and this is intended to ensure one nurse at least to be assigned for every four patients put through triage in a hospital emergency room

Usage of THIS is faulty.. a pronoun has to follow



Please correct me in case there is any flaw

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Can someone explain the correct and wrong options?


Please read the discussion above. If it does not help, please ask more specific question.


I am not able to understand why "rules intended" is preferred over "rules intending". Are both acceptable?

I understand that the option using rules intending can be discarded due to dangling modifier concept.
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Hi mikemcgarry could you please provide some insight into choice E here? I went for D because of the coordinating conjunction "and".

Q2. I am also not sure if the usage of "one nurse at least" is incorrect?

Q3. What is the difference between intended to / intent of? Which of these is correct?

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Hi mikemcgarry could you please provide some insight into choice E here? I went for D because of the coordinating conjunction "and".

Q2. I am also not sure if the usage of "one nurse at least" is incorrect?

Q3. What is the difference between intended to / intent of? Which of these is correct?

Thanks a lot!

1) Here's (E) again: "and this is intended to ensure one nurse at least to be assigned for every four patients put through triage in a hospital emergency room." "This" is a pronoun functioning as the subject of a clause. Typically if a pronoun is the subject of a clause, it will refer back to the subject of the previous clause. In this case, "this" seems to refer to "the state," but it doesn't make any sense to write that "the state is intended to ensure one nurse." Also, claiming that the rules intend "one nurse" is illogical. Rather, the rules intend "that one nurse be assigned."

2) In the OA, "at least one" is modifying "nurse." This makes sense, as the modifier is giving info about the number of nurses. Another way to use the phrase "at least" is as an adverb meaning "if nothing else."

For example, "I didn't make dinner for my children, but at least I remembered to take them out of the car." Here, "at least" is modifying the verb "remembered." In the phrase "one nurse at least to be assigned," it's unclear if "at least" is modifying the number of nurses, or if it's intended to mean "if nothing else" and modify "to be assigned." So I don't know if we can say that "one nurse at least" is definitively wrong, but its usage is at best ambiguous here, so "at least one" is clearly better.

3) "Intended" is used here as a past tense verb followed by an infinitive action. For example, "Christina intended to walk her dog at noon, but she became distracted, and her new Persian rug suffered the consequences." "Intent," on the other hand, is a noun, which can be used to mean more or less the same thing. "It was Christina's intent to walk her dog..."

However, "Intent + of + Verb-ing" seems strange to me. "He had every intention of mowing the lawn," seems fine but "he had every intent of mowing the lawn," does not. So given the choice between "intent + of + verb-ing" and "intended + infinitive verb," I'd prefer the latter. But it's perfectly reasonable to look for more concrete decision points.

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Bunuel wrote:
sahanas wrote:
Can someone explain the correct and wrong options?


Please read the discussion above. If it does not help, please ask more specific question.


I am not able to understand why "rules intended" is preferred over "rules intending". Are both acceptable?

I understand that the option using rules intending can be discarded due to dangling modifier concept.

This thread caught my eye again today, and I realized that I completely missed a question from October. So just in case it helps somebody...

Either "rules intended" or "rules intending" seems fine to me, and I think that there are more important issues.

(C) has a much more concrete problem: "The state has proposed new rules that would set minimum staffing levels for nurses, rules intending to ensure at least one nurse is assigned for every four patients in a hospital emergency room put through triage." In the portion in red, it seems that the hospital emergency room will be put through triage! It makes far more sense to put the patients through triage, as (A) makes clear.

The takeaway: beware of false decision points! If you see two constructions, and both seem acceptable, look for other differences that might lead you to a concrete error.

I hope that helps!
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(A) rules intended to ensure that at least one nurse is assigned for every four patients put through triage in a hospital emergency room

intended serves as an adjective, not as a verb.

(B) rules with the intent of ensuring one nurse at least to be assigned for every four patients to be put through triage in a hospital emergency room

Issue 1: Rules don't have the intent, "The state" does. This is nonsensical
Issue 2: One nurse at least is awkward. It should be "at least one nurse"

(C) rules intending to ensure at least one nurse is assigned for every four patients in a hospital emergency room put through triage
Issue1: Rules intending
Rules cannot have intent - this is nonsensical

(D) with the intent of ensuring that at least one nurse should be assigned for every four patients in a hospital emergency room that are put through triage
"That" clause incorrectly modifies Hospital

(E) and this is intended to ensure one nurse at least to be assigned for every four patients put through triage in a hospital emergency room

Issue1: "this" lacks a clear antecedent
Issue2: "one nurse at least" is awkward
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