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# In spite of continuing national trends toward increased

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In spite of continuing national trends toward increased consumption of specialty foods, agronomists in the Midwest foresee a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples: feed corn and hard red wheat.
(A) a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples
(B) wrong
(C) wrong
(D) a gradual reversion to raise agricultural staples
(E) wrong

which one is right and why?

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29 May 2004, 14:41
singh_satya wrote:
In spite of continuing national trends toward increased consumption of specialty foods, agronomists in the Midwest foresee a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples: feed corn and hard red wheat.
(A) a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples
(B) wrong
(C) wrong
(D) a gradual reversion to raise agricultural staples
(E) wrong

which one is right and why?

Thanks
Satya

I will go with D
My guess: Gerunds are preferred in actual, vivid or fulfilled actions whereas Infinitives are preferred in potential, hypothetical or future events.

SC experts correct me if I am wrong!

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29 May 2004, 17:56
Can't explain....Will go with A. May be its the raising of the crops.

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29 May 2004, 18:45
a gradual reversion to + Noun

the raising of agricultural staples - Gerund form of the noun.
(running in the park(Gerund) at night is(verb) dangerous)

raise(verb) agricultural staples(direct object)

A should be it.

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