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It has been said that all one can do for a sprained ankle is leave it alone while it heals itself, ice it, and to lie with it in a slightly elevated position

(A) all one can do for a sprained ankle is leave it alone while it heals itself, ice it, and to
(B) all one can do for a sprained ankle is to leave it alone to heal itself, to ice it, and
(C) all one can do for a sprained ankle is leave it alone while it heals itself, and then ice it and
(D) the only thing that can be done for a sprained ankle is leave it alone while it heals itself, ice it, and
(E) the only thing that can be done for a sprained ankle is to leave it alone while it heals itself, to ice it, and
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Hello mohnish104

I'm glad to explain. This question is about parallelism.

It has been said that all one can do for a sprained ankle is leave it alone while it heals itself, ice it, and to lie with it in a slightly elevated position

(A) all one can do for a sprained ankle is leave it alone while it heals itself, ice it, and to
Wrong. Parallelism problem: leave it,.... ice it, and to lie with it...

(B) all one can do for a sprained ankle is to leave it alone to heal itself, to ice it, and
Wrong. Parallelism problem: to leave it, .....to ice it, .....and lie with it..

(C) all one can do for a sprained ankle is leave it alone while it heals itself, and then ice it and
Wrong. Meaning problem: leave it.... and then ice it and lie with it...
Secondly, "one" is not clear.

(D) the only thing that can be done for a sprained ankle is leave it alone while it heals itself, ice it, and
Correct. Parallel structure: leave it...., ice it, and lie with it.....

(E) the only thing that can be done for a sprained ankle is to leave it alone while it heals itself, to ice it, and[/quote]
Wrong. Parallelism problem: to leave it..........., to ice it, and lie with it..........

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Hello mohnish104

I'm glad to explain. This question is about parallelism.

It has been said that all one can do for a sprained ankle is leave it alone while it heals itself, ice it, and to lie with it in a slightly elevated position

(A) all one can do for a sprained ankle is leave it alone while it heals itself, ice it, and to
Wrong. Parallelism problem: leave it,.... ice it, and to lie with it...

(B) all one can do for a sprained ankle is to leave it alone to heal itself, to ice it, and
Wrong. Parallelism problem: to leave it, .....to ice it, .....and lie with it..

(C) all one can do for a sprained ankle is leave it alone while it heals itself, and then ice it and
Wrong. Meaning problem: leave it.... and then ice it and lie with it...
Secondly, "one" is not clear.

(D) the only thing that can be done for a sprained ankle is leave it alone while it heals itself, ice it, and
Correct. Parallel structure: leave it...., ice it, and lie with it.....

(E) the only thing that can be done for a sprained ankle is to leave it alone while it heals itself, to ice it, and

Wrong. Parallelism problem: to leave it..........., to ice it, and lie with it..........

Hope it helps.[/quote]

D makes no sense because it says " the only thing that can be done" and then actually not one but three things are listed...hionestly all answers are bad...questions like this make me wonder why I practice with sources other than the OG

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Hello mohnish104

I'm glad to explain. This question is about parallelism.

It has been said that all one can do for a sprained ankle is leave it alone while it heals itself, ice it, and to lie with it in a slightly elevated position

(A) all one can do for a sprained ankle is leave it alone while it heals itself, ice it, and to
Wrong. Parallelism problem: leave it,.... ice it, and to lie with it...

(B) all one can do for a sprained ankle is to leave it alone to heal itself, to ice it, and
Wrong. Parallelism problem: to leave it, .....to ice it, .....and lie with it..

(C) all one can do for a sprained ankle is leave it alone while it heals itself, and then ice it and
Wrong. Meaning problem: leave it.... and then ice it and lie with it...
Secondly, "one" is not clear.

(D) the only thing that can be done for a sprained ankle is leave it alone while it heals itself, ice it, and
Correct. Parallel structure: leave it...., ice it, and lie with it.....

(E) the only thing that can be done for a sprained ankle is to leave it alone while it heals itself, to ice it, and

Wrong. Parallelism problem: to leave it..........., to ice it, and lie with it..........

Hope it helps.

D makes no sense because it says " the only thing that can be done" and then actually not one but three things are listed...hionestly all answers are bad...questions like this make me wonder why I practice with sources other than the OG


You are right. I sometime am very unsure when not practicing OG questions.

However, I chose D over C because I thnk that the added "then" in C is more of a problem than the "the only thing one can do". But I'm not satisfied with the question either.

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I chose C since D changes the meaning significantly.

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poor quality question. says the "only thing" and lists 3 as the person above mentioned...

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It has been said that all one can do for a sprained ankle is leave it alone while it heals itself, ice it, and to lie with it in a slightly elevated position

(A) all one can do for a sprained ankle is leave it alone while it heals itself, ice it, and to
(B) all one can do for a sprained ankle is to leave it alone to heal itself, to ice it, and
(C) all one can do for a sprained ankle is leave it alone while it heals itself, and then ice it and
(D) the only thing that can be done for a sprained ankle is leave it alone while it heals itself, ice it, and
(E) the only thing that can be done for a sprained ankle is to leave it alone while it heals itself, to ice it, and

this is pure parallelism
A X,Y and to Z incorrect
B to X,to Y and Z incorrect
C then ice it not correct as per the meaning of sentence
D X,Y and Z correct
E to X,to Y and Z incorrect

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Expert, Can you please explain the OA here.

The only thing is X,Y and Z???

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My usual disclaimer: HUGE amounts of resources are poured into every single official GMAT question, and even the best test-prep companies can't compete. And there are clearly some issues with this question.

I'm cool with the parallelism part of the question: it's easy enough to discard (A), (B), and (E) because of clearly botched parallelism, as pqhai indicated.

Beyond that... well, I'm really not convinced by (C) or (D), to be honest. You're onto something, RMD007: "the only thing is"... three different things? Nope, that makes no real sense. "The only things ARE..." would be OK, I guess.

And the meaning of the sentence is also pretty murky. It doesn't make sense to me to say that all you can do for a sprained ankle is "leave it alone" -- but then we're also going to ice it and lie with it in an elevated position? That's pretty contradictory.

So the parallelism lesson here is reasonable enough, but I don't think it's worth expending much effort distinguishing between (C) and (D).
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I thought that C changes the meaning, was I wrong? As I understand, 'Then' in C implies some order of actions (we first do this, and then the other two things) while there is no such order in original sentence?

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Yeah, I think you're onto something there, kivalo. I think you could make a decent argument for (C) on that basis -- though I still think it's weird to say that you'd "leave it alone while it heals itself", and THEN ice it... presumably after it has already healed itself?

Actual GMAT questions really don't leave this much room for debate. So again, I wouldn't waste too much energy debating between (C) and (D). As long as you're clear about the parallelism issue, you're all good.
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