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# Among the reasons for the decline of New England agriculture

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Among the reasons for the decline of New England agriculture in the last three decades were the high cost of land, the pressure of housing and commercial development, and basing a marketing and distribution system on importing produce from Florida and California.

(A) basing a marketing and distribution system on importing produce from Florida and California
(B) basing a marketing and distribution system on the imported produce of Florida and California
(C) basing a system of marketing and distribution on the import of produce from Florida and California
(D) a marketing and distribution system based on importing produce from Florida and California
(E) a marketing and distribution system importing
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04 Aug 2009, 13:15
D

Parallelism.

High cost of land
Pressure of ...development
and the last one has to be parallel, and based on the choices, D makes the best sense - (and) a marketing and distribumtion system...
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04 Aug 2009, 13:20
sudeep wrote:
I feel A is fine.

Well sudeep i feel.."based On" is the correct idiomatic usage
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04 Aug 2009, 13:25
D parallelism...cost..pressure..system
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04 Aug 2009, 13:27
apoorvasrivastva wrote:
sudeep wrote:
I feel A is fine.

Well sudeep i feel.."based On" is the correct idiomatic usage

Is 'basing on' incorrect?

High cost of land
Pressure of ...development

3rd one in case of D
a marketing and distribution system based on

i don't think these 3 are parallel. in 3rd the key is 'basing', like others - 'high cost', 'pressure'

for me parallel reasons: high cost, pressure, basing.
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Updated on: 04 Aug 2009, 22:29
[quote="sudeepIs 'basing on' incorrect?

High cost of land
Pressure of ...development

3rd one in case of D
a marketing and distribution system based on

i don't think these 3 are parallel. in 3rd the key is 'basing', like others - 'high cost', 'pressure'

for me parallel reasons: high cost, pressure, basing.[/quote]

Well i am not sure..but i havent heard the usage "basing on"...eg. I base my decisions on his advice.

Basing my decision on his advice, I will retake GMAT. ( may seem correct..but awkward)

Originally posted by apoorvasrivastva on 04 Aug 2009, 13:50.
Last edited by apoorvasrivastva on 04 Aug 2009, 22:29, edited 1 time in total.
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06 Aug 2009, 13:48
sher676 wrote:
Among the reasons for the decline of New England agriculture in the last three decades were the high cost of land, the pressure of housing and commercial development, and basing a marketing and distribution system on importing produce from Florida and California.

(A) basing a marketing and distribution system on importing produce from Florida and California
(B) basing a marketing and distribution system on the imported produce of Florida and California
(C) basing a system of marketing and distribution on the import of produce from Florida and California
(D) a marketing and distribution system based on importing produce from Florida and California
(E) a marketing and distribution system importing

I think we need noun to make it parallel...
'basing a marketing and distribution system ' is verb phrase so I think this is wrong..

only D and E are left but D sounds better than E ..

any comments on the way I eliminated A, B C?
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06 Aug 2009, 20:40
I agree now 'basing .. on' is incorrect and not maintain ||ism
D is correct.
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08 Aug 2009, 08:44
D for me.
maintains the parallelism
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19 Nov 2009, 18:27
sher676 wrote:
Among the reasons for the decline of New England agriculture in the last three decades were the high cost of land, the pressure of housing and commercial development, and basing a marketing and distribution system on importing produce from Florida and California.

(A) basing a marketing and distribution system on importing produce from Florida and California
(B) basing a marketing and distribution system on the imported produce of Florida and California
(C) basing a system of marketing and distribution on the import of produce from Florida and California
(D) a marketing and distribution system based on importing produce from Florida and California
(E) a marketing and distribution system importing

Split : basing is not parallel with cost ... pressure ... and ...; therefore, A B and C are out.
E seems incomplete and it sounds like the system itself can import.
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25 Oct 2012, 23:36
Hi guys,

We need parallelism here.

the high cost of land , the pressure of housing and basing a system of marketing....

Correct me if I am wrong........
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09 Feb 2017, 05:16
is the use of 'basing' as noun is correct
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09 Feb 2017, 07:48
rushabh88 wrote:
Hi guys,

We need parallelism here.

the high cost of land , the pressure of housing and basing a system of marketing....

Correct me if I am wrong........

Even i feel the same.

Please can anyone confirm the OA ?
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10 Feb 2017, 07:28
hotshot02 wrote:
rushabh88 wrote:
Hi guys,

We need parallelism here.

the high cost of land , the pressure of housing and basing a system of marketing....

Correct me if I am wrong........

Even i feel the same.

Please can anyone confirm the OA ?

A simple gerund ("basing") cannot be parallel to nouns ("cost", "pressure"). Hence options A,B an C are eliminated. E is incomplete (moreover a system itself does not import - a system may be based on importing). D is the only possible choice.

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