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While some propose to combat widespread illegal copying of computer programs by attemtping to change people's attitudes towards pirating,others by suggesting reducing software prices to decrease the incentive for pirating, and till others by calling for the prosecution of those who copy software illegally.
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B - suggest the reduction of software prices for decreasing the incentive for pirating, and still others call
C - suggest reducing software prices to decrease the incentive for pirting, and still others are calling

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29 Jul 2004, 01:54
I will go with B
While some propose ... others suggest ... and still others call ... is parallel
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29 Jul 2004, 02:00
Yes, it is B.
In C, "are calling" is clearly incorrect
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29 Jul 2004, 02:57
I am not very sure that parralelism is tested here(Though to some extent it might be true).

I feel, it is important to present a correct sequence, which I feel (C) does.

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29 Jul 2004, 04:12
B for me
"suggest reducing" doesn't sound right to me. "suggest the reduction of..." is much much better and proper way of talking about reduction. Of course, B is also parallel
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29 Jul 2004, 23:19
The OA is C . Even i marked B since i felt that its parallel. Can anyone explain why C is right.
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30 Jul 2004, 00:06
It is C may be because..

While some propose to combat widespread illegal copying of computer programs by attemtping to change people's attitudes towards pirating,others sugges reducing software prices to decrease the incentive for pirating, and still others are by calling for the prosecution of those who copy software illegally

Do u see the parallel construction now..
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30 Jul 2004, 00:30
Well, why I chose (C) was because only (C) makes a sense of continuty. IMO this sentence is not much about parallelism as it is about clarity. The sentence is trying to say something like "Some people propose A, other suggest reducing B, and still others are calling C." Now this sense of sequence is not correctly implied by option (B). In such setences the rule I follow is to check for a forward direction of events. (B) hammpers this sense of "forward direction". Also (B) sounds passive as well!!
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30 Jul 2004, 00:55
I think it is because of the idiomatic "to suggest reducing" instead of awkward "to suggest reduction"

Native speakers, does the phrase "to suggest reduction" sound OK to you?
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30 Jul 2004, 06:47
Suggest (verb) + Object (Noun)

Plain noun is awkward here. You need a gerund form which conveys action.
"reducing" is a gerund form of "reduction"
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30 Jul 2004, 11:59
what are the two ways of combating piracy
1. by attempting to change
2. or by reducing

both way are in the ing form and hence parallel.

the main thing being done here is combating and its being done by the two ways mentioned above
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why it is C   [#permalink] 30 Jul 2004, 11:59
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