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Archaeologists in Ireland believe that a recently discovered chalice, which dates from the eighth century, was probably buried to keep from being stolen by invaders.

(A) to keep from
(B) to keep it from
(C) to avoid
(D) in order that it would avoid
(E) in order to keep from

Can someone please explain why "to avoid" is incorrect? To me it seems the most concise and is very clear. Please don't just write, "it is an incorrect idiom" but explain why and/or how it is incorrect. Thanks!

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22 Jul 2009, 11:42
bipolarbear, I know you don't want to hear "it is not idiomatic", and I know my scores are not higher as well, but here is my attempt.

A It is missing the pronoun. We don't know what will be kept.
C My attempt is that you keep what it is said in the Kaplan 800 book. - I don't remember the right words, but says something like this: "Idiomatic expressions don't follow rules, they are what they are. They exist and you need to get used to them and memorize those that you don't know...." So sorry, the explanation is "it is an incorrect idiom".
D in order... unnecessary
E in order... unnecessary

That is why there are lists and lists of correct idioms to memorize for GMAT.

In this thread there are some of these lists.

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22 Jul 2009, 18:25
bipolarbear wrote:
Archaeologists in Ireland believe that a recently discovered chalice, which dates from the eighth century, was probably buried to keep from being stolen by invaders.

(A) to keep from
(B) to keep it from
(C) to avoid
(D) in order that it would avoid
(E) in order to keep from

Can someone please explain why "to avoid" is incorrect? To me it seems the most concise and is very clear. Please don't just write, "it is an incorrect idiom" but explain why and/or how it is incorrect. Thanks!

"was probably buried to avoid from being stolen by invaders"

what was was probably buried to avoid from being stolen by invaders? the statement does not suggest clearly what was avoided. a person usually avoids. a problem can be avoided by doing something by someone.

Also avoid is not the right word for this context. It does not have right meaning.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/avoid

at minimum you would need "avoid it from"

i hope that gives some clarity..
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