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# Rather than continue to produce most of the items necessary for subsis

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Rather than continue to produce most of the items necessary for subsistence, a growing number of farm families during the first decades of the nineteenth century began to specialize in the production of grain or cotton and to use the cash proceeds from selling their crops for buying necessities.

(A) selling their crops for buying
(B) the sales of their crops for buying
(C) their selling of crops so as to buy
(D) their selling crops for buying of
(E) the sale of their crops to buy

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15 Sep 2019, 05:19
I am not sure about this one, but I'll go with E!
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A simple issue of infinitive parallelism yet one of the important tenets of GMAT philosophy. A growing number of families began to specialize …and to use the proceeds to buy the necessities. Therefore, E the only one that displays the infinitives parallelly.

Why would 'to buy' be better than 'for buying'? The intention of the sales cannot be missed because they have a need to buy the staples now.
Why is C not correct? Because the correct form of idiom is not "so as to" but 'so x as to' at least as far as GMAT is concerned
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15 Sep 2019, 06:15
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A simple issue of infinitive parallelism yet one of the important tenets of GMAT philosophy. A growing number of families began to specialize …and to use the proceeds to buy the necessities. Therefore, E the only one that displays the infinitives parallelly.

Why would 'to buy' be better than 'for buying'? The intention of the sales cannot be missed because they have a need to buy the staples now.
Why is C not correct? Because the correct form of idiom is not "so as to" but 'so x as to' at least as far as GMAT is concerned

daagh Sir, how is “sale of their crops” different from “the sales of their crop”?

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15 Sep 2019, 06:18
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I am clocking most SC questions under 1 min, but this one took 2. Not an easy one indeed.

First of all, "from their selling of" is BS. Preposition+ noun+ verbing is only correct when focus is on noun and not on the action (Verbing).

B has a subtle issue. "From the sales of their crops" Indicate that the farmers are selling their crops multiple times. It's just one time sale. Besides use X to Y is superior to use X for Y(IMO).

Between A&E, I will choose E for using noun form instead of verbing.

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Not critical to our issue here I suppose. Both in general may mean the same thing, becuase the singula 'sale' is also generic for the entire quantum of the value that the farmers receive. Both sale and sales eventually refer to theact of selling but we do not use 'selling' becuase it is no good style to use a gerund when there is a normal noun .
It is analagous to income and icomes as although alll of us have pour own incomes, we tend to say just income.
Nevertheless B is rejectable becuse of the use of 'for buying', which lacks the vim and vigor of the intention that the question would like to inculcate
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15 Sep 2019, 06:55
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Not critical to our issue here I suppose. Both in general may mean the same thing, becuase the singula 'sale' is also generic for the entire quantum of the value that the farmers receive. Both sale and sales eventually refer to theact of selling but we do not use 'selling' becuase it is no good style to use a gerund when there is a normal noun .
It is analagous to income and icomes as although alll of us have pour own incomes, we tend to say just income.
Nevertheless B is rejectable becuse of the use of 'for buying', which lacks the vim and vigor of the intention that the question would like to inculcate

Well understood. Thank you very much for clearing a doubt I had.

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15 Sep 2019, 17:03
Can anyone here elaborate more about use of "to buy" instead of "for buying"?
In past I also done similar mistake. Even I raised query, but it was not addressed.
So need help now!
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16 Sep 2019, 03:01
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Can anyone here elaborate more about use of "to buy" instead of "for buying"?
In past I also done similar mistake. Even I raised query, but it was not addressed.
So need help now!

https://gmatclub.com/forum/search-resul ... 0&ie=UTF-8

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