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More and more in recent years, cities are stressing the arts

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More and more in recent years, cities are stressing the arts [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2010, 15:10
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More and more in recent years, cities are stressing the arts as a means to greater economic development and investing millions of dollars in cultural activities, despite strained municipal budgets and fading federal support.

The sentence is right as it is, but why can't as a means to be replace with as a means of?

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Re: Hard idiom sc [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2010, 15:14
X as a means to Y is an idiom so just memorize the structure and you will be fine.
Idioms will not necessarily sound best but they are what they are so just memorize them so next time you wont pick the one that sounds better but the correct answer :)
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Re: More and more in recent years, cities are stressing the arts [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2014, 07:40
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I know it is a old post but here is my explanation.

A as a mean of Y --> A is type of Y
A as a mean to Y --> A is the method to achieve Y

cities are stressing the arts is a method to achieve greater economic development
cities are stressing the arts is a type of greater economic development

I hope it is clear now.

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Re: More and more in recent years, cities are stressing the arts [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2014, 10:56
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Regardless of the subtle distinction between TO and OF....you should still have arrived at the correct answer by examining the OTHER parts of the sentence.

For such a tiny distinction between TO/OF - GMAC will not expect you to distinguish between the two - especially as they move away from idiom-heavy questions and more towards meaning-based questions.

The keywords you should be focusing on in the answer choices are:

1) usage of AND
2) placement of "economic" and "development" in the various positions.
3) the keyword verb STRESSING with the -ING

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Re: More and more in recent years, cities are stressing the arts   [#permalink] 16 Mar 2014, 10:56
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