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The committee said it was honored to receive the government grant in support of digitization of old heritage books.

1) in support of
2) for supporting the
3) supporting
4) to support the

(the above four looks equally good to to me, please explain the correct usage. )
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In my view, the correct choice would be "to support the" as this choice retains the meaning and is correct idiom.
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Both "supporting" and 'to support the" sound okay.

But, I would go with "supporting" :)
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New post 28 Aug 2013, 00:34
willigetmylifeback wrote:
Both "supporting" and 'to support the" sound okay.

But, I would go with "supporting" :)


If you don't mind, let me analyze the question a bit.

The committee said it was honored to receive the government grant in support of digitization of old heritage books.

1) in support of
Wrong. GMAT prefers V-A-N (Verb-adjective-Noun). If you can use verb (to support), why don't you use it? Verb always conveys better meaning than the noun does.

2) for supporting the
Wrong. "for" is unclear here, why? because "for" is a preposition and can modify a noun or a verb. If it modifies a verb (to receive) ==> "for" means "because" ==> it distorts the meaning. It's like "the committee received the gov grant because of the committee's support the digitization...."

3) supporting
Wrong. "supporting" is verb-ing modifier. It modifies a preceding noun "grant" ==> It means the government grant supports the digitization? Nope, the doer who supports the digitization of heritage books is the committee, not the government grant.

4) to support the
Correct.

PS: I absolutely agree with Carcass. This is NOT a GMAT-like question for reasons above.
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It means the government grant supports the digitization?
isn't it the government grant that supports the digitization ?

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This is NOT a GMAT-like question for reasons above.
even i thought so before i took gmat, but such type of questions do appear.

sorry, I don't have the OA, that is why i posted here. I wanted to understand the correct useage.
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