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# According to the teachings of the Buddhist and Hindu

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According to the teachings of the Buddhist and Hindu religions, attaining nirvana is to enter a state of supreme liberation, leaving behind the desires that perpetuate the cycle of death and rebirth.

(A) attaining nirvana is to enter
(B) to attain nirvana is entering
(C) to attain nirvana is
(D) to attain nirvana is to enter
(E) attaining nirvana is to be entering

OE:
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“Attaining” and “to enter”must be parallel. (D) gives
this to you, with “to attain” and “to enter.”
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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24 Jul 2009, 11:02
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According to the teachings of the Buddhist and Hindu religions, attaining nirvana is to enter a state of supreme liberation, leaving behind the desires that perpetuate the cycle of death and rebirth.
(A) attaining nirvana is to enter
(B) to attain nirvana is entering
(C) to attain nirvana is
(D) to attain nirvana is to enter
(E) attaining nirvana is to be entering

OA:
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Wait..

OE:
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Wait..

Looking "B" to me as it is parallel to "leaving behind..."

Any trick there???
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24 Jul 2009, 11:10
'B' is more appropriate compared to other choices.
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OA:
[Reveal] Spoiler:
D

OE:
[Reveal] Spoiler:
infinitive form of verb is required- to enter.
Parallelism - to enter X is to attain Y
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24 Jul 2009, 11:14
Enter and leaving will not be parallel. In this scenario, how can we conclude which one to opt for?
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24 Jul 2009, 11:19
rashminet84 wrote:
OA:
[Reveal] Spoiler:
D

OE:
[Reveal] Spoiler:
infinitive form of verb is required- to enter.
Parallelism - to enter X is to attain Y

So I was right!!! There was a trick there!!

I was thinking that "B" is very straight forward and how it can be done so easily.

Any how, now I dont agree with the OE. I couldn't understand this>> to enter and leaving are not parallel.

Will anyone explain it???
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24 Jul 2009, 11:20
rashminet84 wrote:
OA:
[Reveal] Spoiler:
D

OE:
[Reveal] Spoiler:
infinitive form of verb is required- to enter.
Parallelism - to enter X is to attain Y

I am not posting the OA and OE, so that people get to discuss more.
Anyone can reason the flaws once he knows the OA.
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24 Jul 2009, 11:27
Hussain15 wrote:
rashminet84 wrote:
OA:
[Reveal] Spoiler:
D

OE:
[Reveal] Spoiler:
infinitive form of verb is required- to enter.
Parallelism - to enter X is to attain Y

So I was right!!! There was a trick there!!

I was thinking that "B" is very straight forward and how it can be done so easily.

Any how, now I dont agree with the OE. I couldn't understand this>> to enter and leaving are not parallel.

Will anyone explain it???

I think leaving behind is modifying the preceding clause (Modifier). opinions?
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24 Jul 2009, 11:35
sudeep wrote:
rashminet84 wrote:
OA:
[Reveal] Spoiler:
D

OE:
[Reveal] Spoiler:
infinitive form of verb is required- to enter.
Parallelism - to enter X is to attain Y

I am not posting the OA and OE, so that people get to discuss more.
Anyone can reason the flaws once he knows the OA.

I didn't post it to offend u, it was just to complement your style.
As for posting OA, the spoiler intends to do just that. People with doubts would put forward their doubts rather than tailoring their reasoning to fit the OA. Anyways, its good for you to be so considerate, I just liked the idea of adding some fun to the otherwise intellectual discussions
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24 Jul 2009, 11:37
btw, my post is not really the OA. Its "my choice"
Hope that would clarify
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24 Jul 2009, 11:46
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So I was right!!! There was a trick there!!

I was thinking that "B" is very straight forward and how it can be done so easily.

Any how, now I dont agree with the OE. I couldn't understand this>> to enter and leaving are not parallel.

Will anyone explain it???

"leaving" is not logically parallel to "to attain", because it is not being compared to "to enter" and "to attain"
and as sudeep said, it is modifying "to attain", so its a participle.
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24 Jul 2009, 11:58
rashminet84 wrote:
btw, my post is not really the OA. Its "my choice"
Hope that would clarify

Great!

but put IMO in start, so that people get to know it is not really the OA.

But great explanation! Updated OA and OE already.
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"leaving" is not logically parallel to "to attain", because it is not being compared to "to enter" and "to attain"
and as sudeep said, it is modifying "to attain", so its a participle.

even i thought ..'attaining' and hence A should be correct.
But in this context "leaving behind..." is the modifier. It is not a part of the main clause..it is more of a side effect of nirvana ..i.e. we are not told to attain X and leave Y..

I am not sure if I put it in the right way. But good question.
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24 Jul 2009, 17:07
D, to attain is to enter..parallel..
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13 Jul 2010, 04:23
"Attaining" does not seem right. Its the present participle version of "to attain" but the action has not yet started. So in my opinion it has to be " to attain" Nirvana is to enter
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And should be D. "To attain Nirvana is to enter...."
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13 Jul 2010, 09:31
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I'll go with A.

Because I dont see a reason why we need "to attain"????
IMO: "Attaining" is a participle acting as an adjective. For parallellism across the Being verb, "Attaining nirvana" = noun = "to enter" and is is parallel.
What am I missing or misunderstood?

Sudeep et all: Now I'm totally confused what the OA is . The spoilers at the different locations are all giving diff info
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13 Jul 2010, 11:27
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Sorry. Have you heard of the saying -

To see is to believe

This is parallel to ----> To attain nirvana is to enter a state of supreme liberation

Does that rings?

pdarun wrote:
I'll go with A.

Because I dont see a reason why we need "to attain"????
IMO: "Attaining" is a participle acting as an adjective. For parallellism across the Being verb, "Attaining nirvana" = noun = "to enter" and is is parallel.
What am I missing or misunderstood?

Sudeep et all: Now I'm totally confused what the OA is . The spoilers at the different locations are all giving diff info

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13 Jul 2010, 11:56
D for me.

to attain nirvana is to enter....., leaving behind......

here "leaving behind" modifies the preceding clause....not just a word.
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The verbal (present participle) "leaving" here is used as a "verb" modifier, modifying the prior clause. Don't try to force a parallism here with the prior main verb (is) and verbals (to attain and to enter).
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