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# By showing that South Africa does not have a free market and

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190. By showing that South Africa does not have a free market and is in fact a kind of collectivist welfare state for Whites only, Sowell argues that American conservatives have no valid ideological grounds to be in sympathy with the Pretoria regime.
(A) to be in sympathy with
(B) to sympathize with
(C) for sympathizing with
(D) that they should sympathize with
(E) that they should have sympathy for

p.s: Plz provide an explanation too with the ans.
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08 Jul 2012, 22:25
jagdeepsingh1983 wrote:
Grounds for is correct idiom

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Is another reason for selecting C is that the sentence has ing in the first part "By showing"
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09 Jul 2012, 23:04
This problem relates to the idiom list: "Ground for". Hence, only choice C matches this rule.
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10 Jul 2012, 01:24
Tense and framework of the question shows that the Conservatives are still doing the action of sympathizing with Whites. The right tense should be in continuous form, i.e. verb-ing.

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10 Jul 2012, 03:15
tuanquang269 wrote:
This problem relates to the idiom list: "Ground for". Hence, only choice C matches this rule.

The general idea is "grounds to INFINITIVE" or "grounds for NOUN".

Examples:

The worker's actions were not considered grounds for dismissal.
It is not clear whether the confession comprises sufficient grounds to pursue an investigation of the matter.
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11 Jul 2012, 03:55
Is 'grounds to' always incorrect or does it hold true under some other sentence formations ?

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11 Jul 2012, 10:47
narangvaibhav wrote:
Is another reason for selecting C is that the sentence has ing in the first part "By showing"

Hi Vaibhav,

Choice C is correct for the correct usage of the idiom, which in this case is “grounds for sympathizing”.
The opening modifier “By showing” modifies the main clause. It says that by showing certain things, Sowell presented his argument about something. This modifier has no bearing on the answer choice.

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11 Jul 2012, 10:47
OldFritz wrote:
Tense and framework of the question shows that the Conservatives are still doing the action of sympathizing with Whites. The right tense should be in continuous form, i.e. verb-ing.

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Hi OldFritz:
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ou are absolutely correct in saying that this sentence talks about all the present events and that are correctly written in simple present tense verbs – “does not have”, “is”, “argues” and “have”. “Sympathizing” is not a verb. To be a verb, “sympathizing” must be preceded by “is/am/are/was/were” etc. “Sympathizing” in the correct answer choice is a gerund, a noun. It denotes an action but acts as a noun.

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12 Jul 2012, 07:24
Chosen C for the correct idiom.

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20 Jul 2012, 10:57
abesherlock wrote:
Why is B incorrect? anyone?

The correct idiom here is "grounds FOR" and "grounds TO" is incorrect usage.

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22 Jul 2012, 01:41
According to URCH's forum the correct answer would be B... however it would be nice if OP told us the source of that sentence as it would help clarify things.
Would such a controversial question even be in the GMAT? I seriously doubt it.

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22 Jul 2012, 01:46
duriangris wrote:
According to URCH's forum the correct answer would be B... however it would be nice if OP told us the source of that sentence as it would help clarify things.
Would such a controversial question even be in the GMAT? I seriously doubt it.

the source is 1000 SC
and there the OA is mentioned as C

I checked for the correct usage of the idiom "grounds for"
It seems grounds for is used to signify something that is true. grounds to is incorrect use of the idiom.
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