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While some propose to combat with 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 prosecution of those who copy software illegally.

A. by suggesting reducing software prices to decrease the incentive for pirating, and still others by calling
B. by suggesting the reduction of software prices to decease the incentive for pirating, and still others call
C. suggest 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 by calling
E. suggest reducing software prices to decrease the incentive for pirating, and still others are calling

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20 Jul 2009, 14:30
IMO A...

parallel, all three are ways to combat illegal copying, by attempting..by suggesting..by calling...
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20 Jul 2009, 14:34
sprtng wrote:
IMO A...

parallel, all three are ways to combat illegal copying, by attempting..by suggesting..by calling...

The actual parallel structure is: while some propose ..., others suggest ..., and others ....
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20 Jul 2009, 14:42
It should be E

suggesting is not parallel to attempting.

Suggesting should be // to "propose", so A and B eliminated

the following are parallel in E

...attempting... reducing.... calling

Problems with C: reduction should be 'reducing' for //ism
"for decreasing" should be "to decrease"
"call" is not //, should be "are calling"

Problems with D: reduction should be 'reducing' for //ism
"by calling" is incomplete.
The structure of D is - Some propose to combat A by doing B, others suggest C, and still others by D
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20 Jul 2009, 17:28
C.

propose ... suggest .... call .

E looks better but " are calling " is not parallel.

is C just pseudo parallelism?

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20 Jul 2009, 21:44
OA is E. However since in E, "are calling" seems unparallel with the others verbs tens used. That makes me concenr.
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20 Jul 2009, 22:29
anonymousvn wrote:
OA is E. However since in E, "are calling" seems unparallel with the others verbs tens used. That makes me concenr.

I would also vote for E, as options C and D have other errors which cannot be ignored.

The problem in the original sentence is that its not maintaining parallelism.
"some propose to...others by suggesting..." is not parallel. Hence A and B are out for the same reason.

A. not maintaining parallelism
B. not maintaining parallelism

C. Use of verb should be preferred over use of action noun. Here "reducing" will sound better than "the reduction". Also "for decreasing" should be replaced with "to decrease".

D. Here "reducing" should be preferred over use of action noun "the reduction".
Also, this is not a parallel sentence. "some propose to...others suggest...and still others by calling". Notice the first 2 clauses using Simple Present form of verb, whereas 3rd clause "still others by calling", has no verb, instead its using a gerund.

E. Maintains parallelism with correct part of sentence "some propose to...others suggest...". Past participle form "reducing" has been correctly used instead of "the reduction".
The 3rd clause ", and still others are calling..." is using a Present continuous form. Atleast the clause has kindda similar structure.
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21 Jul 2009, 10:19
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anonymousvn wrote:
OA is E. However since in E, "are calling" seems unparallel with the others verbs tens used. That makes me concenr.

I would also vote for E, as options C and D have other errors which cannot be ignored.

The problem in the original sentence is that its not maintaining parallelism.
"some propose to...others by suggesting..." is not parallel. Hence A and B are out for the same reason.

A. not maintaining parallelism
B. not maintaining parallelism

C. Use of verb should be preferred over use of action noun. Here "reducing" will sound better than "the reduction". Also "for decreasing" should be replaced with "to decrease".

D. Here "reducing" should be preferred over use of action noun "the reduction".
Also, this is not a parallel sentence. "some propose to...others suggest...and still others by calling". Notice the first 2 clauses using Simple Present form of verb, whereas 3rd clause "still others by calling", has no verb, instead its using a gerund.

E. Maintains parallelism with correct part of sentence "some propose to...others suggest...". Past participle form "reducing" has been correctly used instead of "the reduction".
The 3rd clause ", and still others are calling..." is using a Present continuous form. Atleast the clause has kindda similar structure.

Just to add to the above, the MGMAT SC guide says that we can have parallel clauses. Only option C and E have all the 3 as clauses, whereas, other options are introducing phrases which cannot be parallel to main clause.
But since C has some other errors, E is perfectly correct choice.
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