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Don t forget telling Jane to call me about going to swim [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2013, 04:58
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18. Don’t forget telling Jane to call me about going to swim tomorrow because we are leaving early in the morning for Myrtle Beach.
a) telling Jane to call me about going to swim
b) to tell Jane that she needs to call me about to go swimming
c) about the telling of Jane to call me of going swimming
d) to tell Jane to call me about going swimming
e) telling Jane of calling me about to go swimming

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D but not B?
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Re: 18. Don’t forget telling Jane to call me about going to swim [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2013, 07:34
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18. Don’t forget telling Jane to call me about going to swim tomorrow because we are leaving early in the morning for Myrtle Beach.
a) telling Jane to call me about going to swim
b) to tell Jane that she needs to call me about to go swimming
c) about the telling of Jane to call me of going swimming
d) to tell Jane to call me about going swimming
e) telling Jane of calling me about to go swimming

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Dear Community please explain why the answer is D but not B?


Why not B:
Mainly because one have to use Gerund after preposition:
Quote:
b) to tell Jane that she needs to call me about to go swimming

Should be: about going.
Besides, B is wordy.

Why D:
Because it is free of errors :) :

1. "Forget" can join with both Gerund and infinitive. (Both "forget doing sh" and "forget to do sh" are correct.) - used correctly in D.
2. Preposition "about" is properly followed by gerund form of "go"->"going" - used correctly in D.
3*. "going to swim", as used in A, is wrong. "Going to do sh" is a structure used to express intentions and calls for the subject/object of the intention. We put them in this way: "Don’t forget telling Jane to call me about her/us/Mike's/etc. going to swim tomorrow..." This is cumbersome, but gramatically correct.

D is the best choice.

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Re: 18. Don’t forget telling Jane to call me about going to swim [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2013, 08:35
B is wrong because it is too wordy.

You tell Jane to call me.

You tell Jane that she needs to call me.

"about to go swimming" distorts the original meaning. It is more like "I am about to do something".
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Re: 18. Don’t forget telling Jane to call me about going to swim [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2013, 11:01
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18. Don’t forget telling Jane to call me about going to swim tomorrow because we are leaving early in the morning for Myrtle Beach.
a) telling Jane to call me about going to swim
b) to tell Jane that she needs to call me about to go swimming
c) about the telling of Jane to call me of going swimming
d) to tell Jane to call me about going swimming
e) telling Jane of calling me about to go swimming

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D but not B?


Don't forget to... so we're down to B and D.

The problem with B is the "call me about to go swimming"... had it been "call me about swimming" or "call me to go swimming" it could have worked. Both together is poor sentence construction. Thus we must go with D.

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Re: 18. Don’t forget telling Jane to call me about going to swim [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2013, 12:05
lucbesson wrote:
18. Don’t forget telling Jane to call me about going to swim tomorrow because we are leaving early in the morning for Myrtle Beach.
a) telling Jane to call me about going to swim
b) to tell Jane that she needs to call me about to go swimming
c) about the telling of Jane to call me of going swimming
d) to tell Jane to call me about going swimming
e) telling Jane of calling me about to go swimming

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D but not B?


Hi, IMO D

In SC it is best to start approach of solving with meaning and then grammar rules.
Choice A - telling Jane what is verb ing modifying? it cannot modify forget
Choice B - about to go swimming - it is unidiomatic and also the meaning is distorted "about to go swimming"
Choice C - again wrong meaning :about the telling of Jane....(it cannot be the telling of Jane)
Choice E - verb ing telling, of calling is unidiomatic, about to go swimming (are they about to go swimming - no, Jane is supposed to be informed about going to swimming)

D clears all these ambiguities - correct idiom, to tell, to call correct infinitive, about going swimming correct present participle modifying swimming.

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Re: 18. Don’t forget telling Jane to call me about going to swim [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2013, 13:39
I picked D for the same explanations.

But I still wonder:

(1) go to swim vs go swimming, which one is better?
(2) idiom: "Don't forget to tell X to do Y" is a good syntax? Cause I see "to tell X to do Y" is quite unidiomatic (just my feeling :) )

Anybody can shed light on?

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Re: 18. Don’t forget telling Jane to call me about going to swim [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2013, 21:44
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lucbesson wrote:
18. Don’t forget telling Jane to call me about going to swim tomorrow because we are leaving early in the morning for Myrtle Beach.
a) telling Jane to call me about going to swim
b) to tell Jane that she needs to call me about to go swimming
c) about the telling of Jane to call me of going swimming
d) to tell Jane to call me about going swimming
e) telling Jane of calling me about to go swimming

Source: Ultimate GMAT Club grammar

Dear Community please explain why the answer is D but not B?


Why not B:
Mainly because one have to use Gerund after preposition:
Quote:
b) to tell Jane that she needs to call me about to go swimming

Should be: about going.
Besides, B is wordy.

Why D:
Because it is free of errors :) :

1. "Forget" can join with both Gerund and infinitive. (Both "forget doing sh" and "forget to do sh" are correct.) - used correctly in D.
2. Preposition "about" is properly followed by gerund form of "go"->"going" - used correctly in D.
3*. "going to swim", as used in A, is wrong. "Going to do sh" is a structure used to express intentions and calls for the subject/object of the intention. We put them in this way: "Don’t forget telling Jane to call me about her/us/Mike's/etc. going to swim tomorrow..." This is cumbersome, but gramatically correct.

D is the best choice.

[Reveal] Spoiler: *
Please discuss this one, this is advanced. I would like to hear native speaker's opinion.



A little clarification here:
Ad. 1: This is generally correct. However, VeritasPrepRon made me revise my post and I realized that I forgot to explain as follows:

"Do not forget telling Jane to call me...": The form "telling" indicates that it happened in the past. So, what the author is saying is: "Dude, do not forget the time when I worked there and you would tell Jane (every Friday) to call me."
As in: "I regret not studying": I was not studying in the past and now I regret that.*

"Do not forget to tell Jane to call me...": The form "to tell" indicates that it will happen in the future. So, what the author is saying is: "Hey pal, remember to tell Jane to call me!"
As in: "I regret not to study": I will not be able to study for the exam and I regret that.*


*Examples from GMAT Club Ultimate Grammar.
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