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Although it was once funded entirely by the government, the Victoria and Albert Museum was one of the first of Britain’s national museums seeking support from corporations and private donors and to increase income by increasing attendance.

(A) one of the first of Britain’s national museums seeking support from
(B) one of Britain’s first national museums seeking support of
(C) among Britain’s first national museums to seek support of
(D) among the first of Britain’s national museums to seek support from
(E) among Britain’s first national museums that have sought the support of
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19 Nov 2008, 02:51
C, D and E are out as they use infinitive "to support" in place of "supporting".
Between A and B, B changes meaning. Hence, A should be the answer.
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19 Nov 2008, 05:24
scthakur, can you please provide insights on why the use of gerund here is preferebale to the infinitive.
thanks..
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C, D and E are out as they use infinitive "to support" in place of "supporting".
Between A and B, B changes meaning. Hence, A should be the answer.
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Although it was once funded entirely by the government, the Victoria and Albert Museum was one of the first of Britain’s national museums seeking support from corporations and private donors and to increase income by increasing attendance.
(A) one of the first of Britain’s national museums seeking support from
(B) one of Britain’s first national museums seeking support of
(C) among Britain’s first national museums to seek support of
(D) among the first of Britain’s national museums to seek support from
(E) among Britain’s first national museums that have sought the support of

Note the "to increase" part after and
Victoria and Albert Museum was first to X .... and to increase......

D for me
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19 Nov 2008, 07:33
Although it was once funded entirely by the government, the Victoria and Albert Museum was one of the first of Britain’s national museums seeking support from corporations and private donors and to increase income by increasing attendance.
(A) one of the first of Britain’s national museums seeking support from
(B) one of Britain’s first national museums seeking support of
(C) among Britain’s first national museums to seek support of
(D) among the first of Britain’s national museums to seek support from
(E) among Britain’s first national museums that have sought the support of

IMO D
to seek support....to increase....parallelism

C is not correct
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19 Nov 2008, 07:53
Nitya do you mean c is correct ?

I would go for C .

(A) one of the first of Britain’s national museums seeking support from - among the first of - awkward contruction
(B) one of Britain’s first national museums seeking support of - seeking
(C) among Britain’s first national museums to seek support of - sounds correct
(D) among the first of Britain’s national museums to seek support from - among the first of - awkward contruction
(E) among Britain’s first national museums that have sought the support of - have sought - wrong tense.
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19 Nov 2008, 09:33
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scthakur, can you please provide insights on why the use of gerund here is preferebale to the infinitive.
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C, D and E are out as they use infinitive "to support" in place of "supporting".
Between A and B, B changes meaning. Hence, A should be the answer.

In this Q its not about gerund vs infinitive. Its all about meaning.

first national museums?? There is nothing like first NM's and second NM's and so on.. So B C E are out. There is only one first NM.

among the first is wrong because there is only one first museum. among the first few is a different one though.

I pick A
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well if you see on the net both "seek support from" and "seek support of" are rightly used ....

i think C is more "crisp" compared with D

to me this is a clear case of parallelism "to x... to y"
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20 Nov 2008, 04:28
Thanks friends...
OA is D...
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20 Nov 2008, 08:11
Where is this Q from?

among the first of ?? Sounds really weird to me
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31 Oct 2009, 14:04
Sounds really weird to me too
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11 Oct 2010, 04:43
Parallelism should be maintained between two verbs in the second clause ,
therefore to seek support will be more appropriate.This limits us to
options C and D.

Secondly , amongst these two options , I felt that "support from" will be
more idiomatic . "support of" is mainly used when we use the concerned
entity for some kind of support as in "support of crutches". Because we
are not seeking some kind of direct support , "support from" should be used.

Please correct me if I am wrong.
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Although it was once funded entirely by the government, the Victoria and Albert Museum was one of the first of Britain’s national museums seeking support from corporations and private donors and to increase income by increasing attendance.
(A) one of the first of Britain’s national museums seeking support from
(B) one of Britain’s first national museums seeking support of
(C) among Britain’s first national museums to seek support of
(D) among the first of Britain’s national museums to seek support from
(E) among Britain’s first national museums that have sought the support of

A-use ing with was.ongoing action with past.
B-same
C-correct idion is from x to y
D-correct
E-have with was
Please correct me if I am wrong some where.I am not confident of my logic for negating A and B
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The core issues here are a) maintaining parallelism, (to seek support and to increase or seeking support and to increase), b) use of idioms (support of or support from) and use of correct diction (first of Britain’s National Museums or Britain’s First National Museums)

Correct version should include the parallel costruction to seek support and to increase, correct idiom support from and correct diction first of Britain’s National Museums. It may also be appreciated that the first in D does not denote the topper here but a batch of toppers and hence the use of among, as I see.

Going by the above, I think D is most befitting.
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guys, i googled and found that "support of" is followed by the entity receiving support and not giving
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11 Oct 2010, 09:02
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D-correct
E-have with was
Please correct me if I am wrong some where.I am not confident of my logic for negating A and B

I think the use of "have" is permitted in this case. We can use "have" if the action or its effect that occured in the past continues to be felt in the present. Correct me if I am wrong.
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D-correct
E-have with was
Please correct me if I am wrong some where.I am not confident of my logic for negating A and B

I think the use of "have" is permitted in this case. We can use "have" if the action or its effect that occured in the past continues to be felt in the present. Correct me if I am wrong.

Have can also be used when the action has taken place at some unknown time in the past
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12 Oct 2010, 04:23
I picked D, 'cause support from doe not seem to be idiomatic ( I looked that up in the dictionary, found some examples of support OF though!!!! no support from) I trusted my ear

I'm reminding myself that PARALLELISM is the core
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14 Oct 2010, 10:19
d for me.i picked c at first but later realised that c changes the meaning of the sentence
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