Sentence Correction
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Q.

In an August 1, 2002 legal memo that would later become a lightning rod for controversy, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel Jay Bybee went on record as one of the first and most senior government officials to consider controversial interrogation tactics to be permissible and international laws such as the Geneva Conventions irrelevant in dealing with so-called unlawful enemy combatants.

 A.

controversial interrogation tactics to be permissible and international laws such as the Geneva Conventions irrelevant in dealing

 B.

controversial interrogation tactics permissible and international laws such as the Geneva Conventions irrelevant in dealing

 C.

controversial interrogation tactics as permissible and international laws such as the Geneva Conventions irrelevant in dealing

 D.

controversial interrogation tactics permissible and international laws such as the Geneva Conventions to be irrelevant in dealing

 E.

controversial interrogation tactics permissible and international laws such as the Geneva Conventions as irrelevant in dealing

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Solution:
Option(B) is correct

When using the word consider to mean believe or contend, the word as or to be should not be used. Consequently, the sentence structure with consider controversial interrogation...to be permissible should be changed such that to be is removed. The correct idiom is: to consider W X

The two things being considered (as well as how they are considered) should be parallel:
to consider W X and [to consider] Y Z where the second to consider is understood or implied and X and Z are parallel

to consider controversial integration tactics permissible and international laws such as the Geneva Conventions irrelevant

A. the words to be should be eliminated as they are unnecessary and break the proper idiom to consider W X

B. the idiom to consider W X and Y Z is properly used as to be has been removed

C. the sentence structure (to consider W as X and Y Z) is neither parallel nor idiomatic

D. the sentence structure (to consider W X and Y to be Z) is neither parallel nor idiomatic

E. the sentence structure (to consider W X and Y as Z) is neither parallel nor idiomatic


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