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# It has been said that all one can do for a sprained ankle is

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It has been said that all one can do for a sprained ankle is leave it alone while it heals itself, ice it, and to lie with it in a slightly elevated position

A) all one can do for a sprained ankle is leave it alone while it heals itself, ice it, and to
B) all one can do for a sprained ankle is to leave it alone to heal itself, to ice it, and
C) all one can do for a sprained ankle is leave it alone while it heals itself, and then ice it and
D) the only thing that can be done for a sprained ankle is leave it alone while it heals itself, ice it, and
E) the only thing that can be done for a sprained ankle is to leave it alone while it heals itself, to ice it and
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29 Aug 2005, 04:49
A) all one can do for a sprained ankle is leave it alone while it heals itself, ice it, and to
- not parallel

B) all one can do for a sprained ankle is to leave it alone to heal itself, to ice it, and
- not parallel

C) all one can do for a sprained ankle is leave it alone while it heals itself, and then ice it and
- parallel

D) the only thing that can be done for a sprained ankle is leave it alone while it heals itself, ice it, and
- awkward sounding

E) the only thing that can be done for a sprained ankle is to leave it alone while it heals itself, to ice it and
- not parallel

I'll go with C.

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29 Aug 2005, 08:04
i agree with C. Below is an example of paralleism

Correct:
* I like to swim, to run, and to dance.
* I like to swim, run, and dance.

Incorrect:
* I like to swim, run, and to dance.
* I like to swim, to run, and dance.
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29 Aug 2005, 08:27
C is not correct. You can use this syntex in GMAT
I do X, and Y, and Z.
It should be
I do x, y, and z.

the only one that fits here is d. But D is also wrong in syntax.

'The one thing' phrase should be accompanied by another noun, which is not the case here. Or it should follow a to-participle.

The only thing that can be done is TO leave..

So all choices are wrong. But the correct answer should be D for this.
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29 Aug 2005, 08:41
I just saw something in C that didn't catch my eye earlier. The 'and then' suggests the first action is something that must be done prior to icing the leg. D is a better choice since it just 'glues' the three actions into something that should be done, but not nescessarily in that order. Reading it again doesn't make it sound so bad.
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29 Aug 2005, 09:10
I wud choose B though it is not ideal.
B wud have been better if "to" was removed from "to ice", because it is okay to avoid "to" after the first mention. I am assuming it is okay to avoid it in the third mention even though it is mentioned in the second; this conflicts parallelism, but still.

The reason why I chose B over D is because D distorts the meaning of the sentence. You need a subject/person with this sentence. The "only thing" cannot be to leave it alone, to ice..... Conflict of subject-verb agreement. "one" is required becos it is a person who can leave it alone, ice it and lie with it.

I hope I have explained my perspective.

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30 Aug 2005, 17:08
I'm not convinced with the OA.
leave it alone... , ice it, and lie.... these actions cannot be 'the only thing'
They should come under, 'All one can do...'

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30 Aug 2005, 18:28
D it is...

it is the only one which is parallel....
30 Aug 2005, 18:28
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