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While some propose to combat widespread illegal copying of computer programs by attempting to change people's attitudes toward pirating, others <<by suggesting reducing software prices to decrease the incentive for pirating, and still others by calling>> for the prosection of those who copy software illegally.

A. Same as above
B. by suggesting the reduction of software prices to decrease the incentive for pirating, and still others call
C. sugges the reduction of software prices for decreasing the incentive for pirating, and still others call
D. suggest the reduction of software prices to decrease the incentive for pirating, and still others calling
E. suggest reduing software prices to decrase the incentive for pirating, still others are calling

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01 Apr 2004, 20:15
E is best
A and B lack parrallelism
C and D --> "suggest the reduction of" is not idiomatic. "suggest reducing"
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01 Apr 2004, 20:32
E......Propose...By attempting.....suggest reducing....

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01 Apr 2004, 21:21
'calling' in the last part of sentence does not parallel 'propose' and 'suggest' verbs in the earlier portions of the sentence. Is this not a problem? I had chosen C but was incorrect due to 'for decreasing' being unidomatic.

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02 Apr 2004, 08:08
I think this question is about finding "the best" answer. Given that other questions are fraught with errors, we are left with E as best.
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02 Apr 2004, 14:25
Thanks Paul. I guess this grammar is not exact science but is hard on non-native speakers.

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02 Apr 2004, 14:54
asagem99 wrote:
'calling' in the last part of sentence does not parallel 'propose' and 'suggest' verbs in the earlier portions of the sentence. Is this not a problem? I had chosen C but was incorrect due to 'for decreasing' being unidomatic.

why not?

attempting, suggesting and calling. this is indeed parallel.

there is no comparison to "propose" here. ..all the three clauses beginning with attempting, suggesting and calling are Proposing something.

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02 Apr 2004, 16:09
Hi Preat,

Correct answer does not have 'attempting, suggesting and calling' as verbs as you noted.
Here is the official explanation:
E uses constructions that are parallel to 'some propose...', 'others suggest..' and 'and still others are calling..'.
Choices A and B immediately lose the parallel construction, and also produce sentence fragments, by shifting to 'by suggesting' and 'by calling'. Choice B starts like choice A and then shifts back to the verb call, losing parallel with the second part('by suggesting'). Choices C and D correctly begin the second part of the parallel by using 'suggest'. Choice C, however, introduces the nonidiomatic 'for decreasing', which creates some difficulty in meaning. Choice D loses parallel construction in the third part by shifting to 'by calling'.

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