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In 1994 the white house named Dr RuthR. Faden chairperson

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‘for doing a report’ in D is idiomatically inferior to ‘to do a report” because there is a purpose. But does it mean that GMAT is ideologically opposed to the gerund ‘doing’ and that you have no instance of the gerund being passable? In sum, can we pardon an idiomatic goof-up? If yes, then choose D;

On the contrary, the pronoun ‘it’ can refer undoubtedly both to house or the committee; Ambiguity has very crept in; now can we pardon ambiguity as has GMAT done in many cases. If yes, then choose E. I would rather pardon idiom thing than ambiguity
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It seems that OA is not available for this.
But this is what one of the expert has to say about it :

E is definitely the best choice. While "it" is technically ambiguous (both the White House and the Federal Advisory Committee of experts are possible antecedents), none of the other choices provide a better alternative. Remember, while the GMAT prefers non-ambiguous references, if the reference is clear from the context of the sentence then seemingly ambiguous references aren't considered ambiguous.

Since the White House "named", parallelism dictates that the White House also "assigned", making "it" non-ambiguous.

Idiomatically we can "do a report", so (E) is also the idiomatic winner. "assigned for doing a report" will never be correct on the GMAT (as an aside, "assigned to do a report" without the "it" would be fine and arguably superior to (E)).
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04 Jan 2016, 01:44
It should be D. It is a simple question according to me.

Posting a reply so if a majority is taken to choose the OA, then it should be D.
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31 Jan 2016, 23:09
Found this gem on the net:

The expressions differ both referentially and grammatically: in terms of reference, '(in order) to do' specifies the purpose of an action, while 'for doing' specifies the purpose/use of a thing (typically an object). They differ grammatically in that 'in order to do' functions as an adverbial modifier to a verb phrase, whereas 'for doing' functions simply as a complement. Thus we say e.g.

He picked up his pen in order to write a letter.

(not *...for writing....), answering the question WHY did he pick up his pen?,

but

A pen is for writing.

(not *...(in order) to write), answering the quite different question WHAT is a pen FOR?.

IMO

for doing : What is the general purpose?
to do : Specific purpose.

The committee was formed with a specific purpose; hence to do beats for doing. Even though there's a slight chance of ambiguity and I don't agree wholeheartedly with the question.

E.
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01 Feb 2016, 03:50
windy_city wrote:
In 1994 the white house named Dr RuthR. Faden
chairperson of the federal advisory committee of
experts they assigned to do a report on the history
and ethics of the government’s radiation experiments
on humans in the 1950’s and 1960’s .

1) they assigned to do
2) to be assigned doing
3) that was being assigned doing
4) assigned for doing
5) it assigned to do

No OA OR OE

a characteristic feacture of englis is that a verb can go with another verb or a noun through idiom expression.

we have the following idiom

asigne somebody to do something.

b and c are wrong. assigne somebody doing , not idiomatic. D is also wrong. assigne for doing. no idiom.

between a and e.

"they" can not refer to " whitehouse". "it" can.

e is correct
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19 Jul 2017, 03:45
All of them sound strange, but D is the best fit in terms of meaning and pronoun placement
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28 Jan 2018, 23:46
Can you please explain what is wrong with OE - E ?

I feel E should be the correct response, but other answers indicate D.
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DhruvPatelD10 wrote:
Can you please explain what is wrong with OE - E ?

I feel E should be the correct response, but other answers indicate D.

E is alright.
D is wrong because "for doing" has been used to depict purpose. To depict purpose, infinitive "to + verb" is to be used.
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15 Feb 2018, 04:31
Please clarify as to why D cannot be an effective choice.
E doesn't sound correct with the use of ''it''.

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18 Feb 2018, 12:29
Can someone clarify if it should be D or E? Coz I find no reason to choose E..as "it" has no clear antecedent.
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