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2. The legislature seems to talk at great length about reform but to do almost nothing to achieve that.

(A) to do almost nothing to achieve that
(B) to do almost nothing achieving such
(C) to do almost nothing to achieve It
(D) doing almost nothing in achieving any
(E) doing almost nothing to achieve that
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23 Jan 2010, 09:35
mojorising800 wrote:
2. The legislature seems to talk at great length about reform but to do almost nothing to achieve that.

(A) to do almost nothing to achieve that
(B) to do almost nothing achieving such
(C) to do almost nothing to achieve It
(D) doing almost nothing in achieving any
(E) doing almost nothing to achieve that

I pick C.

parallel construction

to talk || to do

and here I prefer IT to THAT

What's OA?
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24 Jan 2010, 09:37
Hi,

The legislature seems to talk at great length about reform but to do almost nothing to achieve that.

(A) to do almost nothing to achieve that
(B) to do almost nothing achieving such
(C) to do almost nothing to achieve It
(D) doing almost nothing in achieving any
(E) doing almost nothing to achieve

Why c? It does not make any meaning. Structurally its parallel, logically its not.

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15 Feb 2010, 03:57
IMO E,
to do does not seems to be logically correct

and among D and E, E seems to be simpler.
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15 Feb 2010, 05:54
mojorising800 wrote:
2. The legislature seems to talk at great length about reform but to do almost nothing to achieve that.

(A) to do almost nothing to achieve that
(B) to do almost nothing achieving such
(C) to do almost nothing to achieve It
(D) doing almost nothing in achieving any
(E) doing almost nothing to achieve that

D and E are out because both these choices lack parallelism.

Use of "Such" is improper in B.

Out of A and C. "it" properly refers to "reform". Here the usage of "that" is unidiomatic.

FINALLY C
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16 Feb 2010, 12:02
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mojorising800 wrote:
2. The legislature seems to talk at great length about reform but to do almost nothing to achieve that.

(A) to do almost nothing to achieve that
(B) to do almost nothing achieving such
(C) to do almost nothing to achieve It
(D) doing almost nothing in achieving any
(E) doing almost nothing to achieve that

D and E are out because both these choices lack parallelism.

Use of "Such" is improper in B.

Out of A and C. "it" properly refers to "reform". Here the usage of "that" is unidiomatic.

FINALLY C

Would it be correct 'to talk... but to do'? Can anyone explain this?

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27 Mar 2010, 00:33
I understand picking C because "it" clearly refers to "reform" here. I do not get the parallel part though, does "but" introduce parallelism here?
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27 Mar 2010, 10:57
Infinitive is not appropriate here. I like to go for E
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27 Mar 2010, 11:18
The legislature seems to talk | ... | but doing almost nothing | .........

I think this sounds better. Will go with E.

But here is playing the role of "instead of", not exactly in the sense but something very similar to. "To do", just sounds horrible on the ears.
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28 Mar 2010, 06:03
mojorising800 wrote:
2. The legislature seems to talk at great length about reform but to do almost nothing to achieve that.

(A) to do almost nothing to achieve that
(B) to do almost nothing achieving such
(C) to do almost nothing to achieve It
(D) doing almost nothing in achieving any
(E) doing almost nothing to achieve that

I'm confused between C and E ....
We do not need 'to do' but i prefer 'it' to 'that'

Wats the OA ??????
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04 Apr 2010, 06:36
Unlike many of you, I don't see a problem with "to do". According to the MGMAT Sentence Correction guide I'm reading, when the parallel structure contains 2 verb infinitives, the second "to" is optional. English is not my mother tongue, so it doesn't sound wrong to me as it may do for you, but I don't see the problem if they chose to insert the "to" here. Probably they just wanted to confuse as much as possible, because C is the only answer with "it" at the end.
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Now IMO its C ....

parallel - 'seems to talk' ... but 'seems (here 'seems' is silent) to do almost nothing'
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08 Apr 2010, 04:50
I pick none
I expected 'does' to parallel 'seems'.

The legislature seems to talk at great length about reform but does nothing to achieve it/that.

well that's my two cents. cheers.
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04 Aug 2012, 17:35
I pick D, as any sounds better than that

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04 Aug 2012, 18:12
IMO E

Waiting for OA as well as OE
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05 Aug 2012, 02:27
I choose C for Parallelism ......whats the OA?
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12 Sep 2012, 05:34
My answer is C.

Seems | to talk | but | (seems) to do|
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02 Oct 2012, 00:40
On reading the sentence, I feel that the ideal sentence would be:
The legislature seems to talk at great length about reform, but does nothing to achieve it.

So the next best sentence would be:
The legislature seems to talk at great length about reform but (seems) to do almost nothing to achieve it!!

This would be that my answer choice would be C.
The legislature seems to talk at great length about reform but to do almost nothing to achieve it!!

{Not so nice to the ear, but seems to be grammatically correct}
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02 Oct 2012, 01:05
IMO c ||ism "to talk" and "to do"
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02 Oct 2012, 02:13
mojorising800 wrote:
2. The legislature seems to talk at great length about reform but to do almost nothing to achieve that.

(A) to do almost nothing to achieve that
(B) to do almost nothing achieving such
(C) to do almost nothing to achieve It
(D) doing almost nothing in achieving any
(E) doing almost nothing to achieve that

The sentence is in present tense. Both C and E follows parallelism, but C uses wrong parallelism and 'It' could refer to reform or length.

E uses proper parallelism - to talk (to+verb) || to achieve (to+verb).
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