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It has been said that all one can do for a sprained ankle is [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2005, 21:43
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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 slightly elevated position.

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(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

PS: no I go with a/b or a/b pls. explanations why you goin somewhere will be helpful :)
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2005, 23:09
I will pick C.

A is not parallel ....leave...., ice and to lie is not ||
B is not parallel as well.... to leave, to ice and lie is not ||
C. is ||
D and E is using passive form.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2005, 23:21
Well our friends at Kaplan don't agree with C, in this case.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2005, 00:00
I pick D. C looks like a run on sentence and D appears to be more parallel than C. Although E sounds a little better than D.....hmmm. Between D and E.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2005, 02:03
I would go with E because the idiom "Only thing...is to" needs the infinitive to
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Re: SC: Sprained ankle [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2005, 04:19
I would exclude (a) because of the "to" which does not fit. I would also exclude (b) because of parallel construction (leave it TO, To ice it and then suddenly only lie without the TO). C and E the same logic, so I would choose D.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2005, 08:57
OA is D.

As you guys guessed its ||ism SC.

C: leave it alone, then ice it, and lie with it
as per OE, it corrects problem in original but introduces new || error by adding "then" in second component

E. to leave it, to ice it, and lie with

the last component breaks ||ism.
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2005, 01:04
OA is D.
I saw this Q in Kaplan.
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