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# 190 ground for or ground to?

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24 Feb 2008, 01:53
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190. By showing that South Africa does not have a free market and is in fact a kind of collectivist welfare state for Whites only, Sowell argues that American conservatives have no valid ideological grounds to be in sympathy with the Pretoria regime.
(A) to be in sympathy with
(B) to sympathize with
(C) for sympathizing with
(D) that they should sympathize with
(E) that they should have sympathy for
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24 Feb 2008, 02:23
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(A) to be in sympathy with [to be in sympathy = to sympathize = eliminate it]
(B) to sympathize with
(C) for sympathizing with
(D) that they should sympathize with [grounds that – unidiomatic – eliminate it]
(E) that they should have sympathy for [grounds that – unidiomatic – eliminate it]

Between B and C – to sympathize Is better

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31 May 2010, 08:52
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IMO C.

Here are a few concepts on Ground For/In/On/To:

grounds for something - the basis or cause for legal action such as a lawsuit. (*Typically: be ~ become ∼.). Example -
1. Your negligence is grounds for a lawsuit.
2. Is infidelity grounds for divorce in this state?

ground someone in something - to instruct someone in an area of knowledge.
Example –
1. We grounded all our children in the basics of home cooking.
2. We were all grounded in basic cooking by the time we were six.

ground something on something - to build a firm basis for something on something else.
Example –
1. He grounded his thinking on his detailed research.
2. His thinking was grounded on years of reading.
3. My house had in the meanwhile been shingled down to the ground on every side.

ground to somebody/something - to fail to maintain a share of something compared to others; Opposite of: gain ground on somebody/something.
Example –
1. Good Mexican restaurants are losing ground to less expensive, more informal places that have opened all over the city.
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31 Jul 2010, 08:38
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ykaiim wrote:
IMO C.

Here are a few concepts on Ground For/In/On/To:

grounds for something - the basis or cause for legal action such as a lawsuit. (*Typically: be ~ become ∼.). Example -
1. Your negligence is grounds for a lawsuit.
2. Is infidelity grounds for divorce in this state?

ground someone in something - to instruct someone in an area of knowledge.
Example –
1. We grounded all our children in the basics of home cooking.
2. We were all grounded in basic cooking by the time we were six.

ground something on something - to build a firm basis for something on something else.
Example –
1. He grounded his thinking on his detailed research.
2. His thinking was grounded on years of reading.
3. My house had in the meanwhile been shingled down to the ground on every side.

ground to somebody/something - to fail to maintain a share of something compared to others; Opposite of: gain ground on somebody/something.
Example –
1. Good Mexican restaurants are losing ground to less expensive, more informal places that have opened all over the city.

see here: violating-state-96731.html
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02 Aug 2010, 20:16
Even i think it is C, but it's kind of tricky with B & C though...
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IMO B. I think it requires infinitive
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ykaiim wrote:
IMO C.

Here are a few concepts on Ground For/In/On/To:

grounds for something - the basis or cause for legal action such as a lawsuit. (*Typically: be ~ become ∼.). Example -
1. Your negligence is grounds for a lawsuit.
2. Is infidelity grounds for divorce in this state?

ground someone in something - to instruct someone in an area of knowledge.
Example –
1. We grounded all our children in the basics of home cooking.
2. We were all grounded in basic cooking by the time we were six.

ground something on something - to build a firm basis for something on something else.
Example –
1. He grounded his thinking on his detailed research.
2. His thinking was grounded on years of reading.
3. My house had in the meanwhile been shingled down to the ground on every side.

ground to somebody/something - to fail to maintain a share of something compared to others; Opposite of: gain ground on somebody/something.
Example –
1. Good Mexican restaurants are losing ground to less expensive, more informal places that have opened all over the city.

According to this explanation, ground for would be better. However, B sounds better for me.
Could anybody clarify and provide OA?
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190. By showing that South Africa does not have a free market and is in fact a kind of collectivist welfare state for Whites only, Sowell argues that American conservatives have no valid ideological grounds to be in sympathy with the Pretoria regime.
(A) to be in sympathy with
(B) to sympathize with
(C) for sympathizing with
(D) that they should sympathize with
(E) that they should have sympathy for

B and C are really tricky. Although i like "grounds for" better !

But then to sympathize with is the right usage (i have no justification for sympathizing with you - this should be incorrect.)
What is the OA?

I would go with B
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27 Jan 2011, 20:50
I would go with B as well.
Where is the question from and what is the correct explanation and answer please?
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09 Aug 2012, 08:29
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190. By showing that South Africa does not have a free market and is in fact a kind of collectivist welfare state for Whites only, Sowell argues that American conservatives have no valid ideological grounds to be in sympathy with the Pretoria regime.
(A) to be in sympathy with
(B) to sympathize with
(C) for sympathizing with
(D) that they should sympathize with
(E) that they should have sympathy for

This appears to be the command subjunctive, which in some case requires the infinitive. I say B.

Is my thinking right?
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09 Aug 2012, 14:49
Isolate the idiom (grounds to vs. grounds for), then form a simple test sentence.

(b) Perjury is grounds to disbar someone.
(c) Perjury is grounds for disbarment.

I've definitely heard (c) in real life, but not (b). So (c) wins.
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