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Hi all - I got this question wrong, but the internet is saying that they are interchangeable. Also, I asked around to a few native-speaker friends, and they could not agree on whether one or the other prevails. Thanks

According to the international investment memorandum recently signed in Geneva, France is one of the 4 European nations planning to provide fewer tax incentives for foreign investment in production of heavy industrial machinery.

planning to provide fewer
planning to provide less
planning on providing fewer
which is planning on providing fewer
that is planning to provide less

I picked C, for that matter.
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I think both "plan to" and "plan on" are acceptable but the GMAT prefers verbs in simple tense over gerund when possible.
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Two things: 1. less and plural nouns do not go together. Less is used only in singulars. So, B and E are out. 2. planning on providing is wrong idiom. Planning to provide is the correct form. So C and D are gone. A dodges these faults and survives.
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New post 30 Nov 2012, 12:18
thanks stoy4o! it is good to know that the GMAT prefers verbs in simple tense over gerund, and I do agree that both are acceptable. MGMAT explanation stated that to plan on is the wrong idiom, and so is saying daagh, but grammar books carry both versions.
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