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# According to the teachings of the Buddhist and Hindu religions,

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07 Oct 2011, 08:59
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According to the teachings of the Buddhist and Hindu religions, attaining nirvana is to enter a state of supreme liberation, leaving behind the desires that perpetuate the cycle of death and rebirth.

A) attaining nirvana is to enter
B) to attain nirvana is entering
C) to attain nirvana is
D) to attain nirvana is to enter
E) attaining nirvana is to be entering

OA is

I got it wrong when I chose this...
(A) thinking that "attaining" should be parallel to "leaving" but this doesn't seem to be correct. Help?

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Re: According to the teachings of the Buddhist and Hindu religions,  [#permalink]

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07 Nov 2011, 10:36
arcanis2000 wrote:
I got it wrong when I chose this...
(A) thinking that "attaining" should be parallel to "leaving" but this doesn't seem to be correct. Help?

This is what i think..

According to the teachings of the Buddhist and Hindu religions, attaining nirvana is to enter a state of supreme liberation, leaving behind the desires that perpetuate the cycle of death and rebirth.

The part in red does not makes sense ( missing verb ? sentence fragment ? )
leaving behind the desires that perpetuate the cycle of death and rebirth modifies entire clause preceding it.
Attain and Enter should be in parallel.

arcanis2000 wrote:
Question:

According to the teachings of the Buddhist and Hindu religions, attaining nirvana is to enter a state of supreme liberation, leaving behind the desires that perpetuate the cycle of death and rebirth.

A) attaining nirvana is to enter
B) to attain nirvana is entering
C) to attain nirvana is
D) to attain nirvana is to enter
E) attaining nirvana is to be entering

OA is
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Re: According to the teachings of the Buddhist and Hindu religions,  [#permalink]

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07 Nov 2011, 15:31
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+1 for D
to enter and to attain refer to the same thing, so they should be parallel
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Re: According to the teachings of the Buddhist and Hindu religions,  [#permalink]

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14 Jul 2016, 01:48
arcanis2000 wrote:
Question:

According to the teachings of the Buddhist and Hindu religions, attaining nirvana is to enter a state of supreme liberation, leaving behind the desires that perpetuate the cycle of death and rebirth.

A) attaining nirvana is to enter
B) to attain nirvana is entering
C) to attain nirvana is
D) to attain nirvana is to enter
E) attaining nirvana is to be entering

OA is

I got it wrong when I chose this...
(A) thinking that "attaining" should be parallel to "leaving" but this doesn't seem to be correct. Help?

Attain nirvana is the main clause,
Leaving ... is a dependent clause.
Be very careful about blindly applying rules of parallelism. Doesn't work here
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16 Jan 2019, 03:08
arcanis2000 wrote:
Question:

According to the teachings of the Buddhist and Hindu religions, attaining nirvana is to enter a state of supreme liberation, leaving behind the desires that perpetuate the cycle of death and rebirth.

A) attaining nirvana is to enter
B) to attain nirvana is entering
C) to attain nirvana is
D) to attain nirvana is to enter
E) attaining nirvana is to be entering

OA is

I got it wrong when I chose this...
(A) thinking that "attaining" should be parallel to "leaving" but this doesn't seem to be correct. Help?

OPEN DISCUSSION OF THIS QUESTION IS HERE: https://gmatclub.com/forum/according-to ... 81335.html
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