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Could anyone explain why the use of "to" before the first verb of the list ("leave") is not needed in correct answer?

It is an oversimplified view of cattle raising to say that all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them, and to drive them to market when the time is ripe.

(A) all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them, and to
(B) all one has to do with cattle is to leave them alone to feed themselves, to corral them, and
(C) all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves and then corral them and
(D) the only thing that has to be done with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them, and
(E) the only thing that has to be done with cattle is to leave them alone while they feed themselves, to corral them
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23 Apr 2012, 14:32
'to' is not necessary in correct choice (C). Reason being the meaning of the sentence.

all one has to do with cattle is to leave them alone : this means we wants cattle to leave 'them' (whom?) alone.
all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone : this is correct. This tells that you need to leave the cattle alone.

Rest is simple parallelism.

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23 Apr 2012, 22:17
Also B is NOT Parallel: "to feed themselves, to corral them, and Drive" to is expected after and.

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23 Apr 2012, 23:44
Could you please explain why C is correct? There is no comma before the second "and". And is it correct to use "all one"? My ear was confused with this combination.

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24 Apr 2012, 00:06
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Could you please explain why C is correct? There is no comma before the second "and". And is it correct to use "all one"? My ear was confused with this combination.

nothing wrong with 'all one'....your ears feel wierd coz 'all' cant be 'one'...but the referrants are different here.....all refers to the list of things...'one' is the subject doing those things..

Comma before and comes only while writing a list of three or more....
A, B , and C

option C has a structure like: A and {B and C}....that is there are two separate items...and item 2 has a list within itself that contains only two elements, so comma not required....u can cal this a 'nested list' if u like....these have been explained in MGMAT SC guide in the parallelism chapter i think...

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nothing wrong with 'all one'....your ears feel wierd coz 'all' cant be 'one'...but the referrants are different here.....all refers to the list of things...'one' is the subject doing those things..

Comma before and comes only while writing a list of three or more....
A, B , and C

option C has a structure like: A and {B and C}....that is there are two separate items...and item 2 has a list within itself that contains only two elements, so comma not required....u can cal this a 'nested list' if u like....these have been explained in MGMAT SC guide in the parallelism chapter i think...

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Could anyone explain why the use of "to" before the first verb of the list ("leave") is not needed in correct answer?

It is an oversimplified view of cattle raising to say that all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them, and to drive them to market when the time is ripe.

(A) all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them, and to
(B) all one has to do with cattle is to leave them alone to feed themselves, to corral them, and
(C) all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves and then corral them and
(D) the only thing that has to be done with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them, and
(E) the only thing that has to be done with cattle is to leave them alone while they feed themselves, to corral them

Please underline the appropriate section. This can prevent confusion among answer choices.

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27 Jun 2014, 09:34
I think most of the people have selected option B instead of C, because question is not underlined. I see no other reason: definitely most of the selectors of B were under impression that to is present with drive.
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Could anyone explain why the use of "to" before the first verb of the list ("leave") is not needed in correct answer?

It is an oversimplified view of cattle raising to say that all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them, and to drive them to market when the time is ripe.

(A) all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them, and to
(B) all one has to do with cattle is to leave them alone to feed themselves, to corral them, and
(C) all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves and then corral them and
(D) the only thing that has to be done with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them, and
(E) the only thing that has to be done with cattle is to leave them alone while they feed themselves, to corral them

I think the answer to this must be D

Unless someone can point out the difference between the two questions.

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Dude.. Just underline the question before posting.

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25 Jan 2016, 06:56
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Could anyone explain why the use of "to" before the first verb of the list ("leave") is not needed in correct answer?

It is an oversimplified view of cattle raising to say that all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them, and to drive them to market when the time is ripe.

(A) all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them, and to
(B) all one has to do with cattle is to leave them alone to feed themselves, to corral them, and
(C) all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves and then corral them and
(D) the only thing that has to be done with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them, and
(E) the only thing that has to be done with cattle is to leave them alone while they feed themselves, to corral them

Option C is correct for above Qstn but not for below One. Can someone Explain why!!

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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Since the question is not underlined , many takers are choosing wrong answers. Correct question is below :

It is an oversimplified view of cattle raising to say that all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them and to drive them to market when the time is ripe.
A. Same
B. all one has to do with cattle is to leave them alone to feed themselves, to corral them and
C. all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves and then corral them and
D. the only thing that has to be done with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them, and
E. the only thing that has to be done with cattle is to leave them alone while they feed themselves, to corral them, and
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It is an oversimplified view of cattle raising to say that all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them and to drive them to market when the time is ripe.

A. all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them and to -- infinitive parallelism is bad -- wrong

B. all one has to do with cattle is to leave them alone to feed themselves, to corral them and --since 'to' is missing in the third arm, this is unparallel. -- wrong

C. all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves and then corral them and -- C is the only one left; here the parallelism is : the first series of A and B, in which A is the feeding and B is the corralling is duly separated by a conjunction and both are without the infinitive 'to'; The second series is a single item list that has been appropriately separated by the conjunction from the other list and happens to have the 'to' infinitive. Since it is a separate list, there is no need to maintain parallelism with the first list. correct choice. ( the template here is 'A and B' and 'C"

D. the only thing that has to be done with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them, and ----There are three actions, not one - drop
E. the only thing that has to be done with cattle is to leave them alone while they feed themselves, to corral them, and-- There are three actions, not one - drop

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Could anyone explain why the use of "to" before the first verb of the list ("leave") is not needed in correct answer?

It is an oversimplified view of cattle raising to say that all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them, and to drive them to market when the time is ripe.

(A) all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them, and to
(B) all one has to do with cattle is to leave them alone to feed themselves, to corral them, and
(C) all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves and then corral them and
(D) the only thing that has to be done with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them, and
(E) the only thing that has to be done with cattle is to leave them alone while they feed themselves, to corral them

noun is to do
noun is do
both are correct idioms.

this is proved by official choice C.

but why D is wrong.
I think that
somebody do something with sombody
is correct
something is done with sombody
is not correct
it should be
something is donw to you. this pattern is correct and this is why D is wrong

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05 Sep 2017, 02:07
moreover

"all " in C is better than "the only thing" in D.

very hard to eliminate choice D.

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