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# SC - Parallel Structure Question - Grammar God only

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11 Apr 2019, 12:43
Hi,

Are there any grammar gurus here?
Please tell me if there is any grammatical error in the sentence below:

"One of my goals in life is to keep learning and apply the knowledge and lessons to help others in need."

Does "apply" need to be changed to "applying"? or can I leave it as is because "keep" and "apply" are parallel?

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VP
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12 Apr 2019, 00:38
applying.

If you use apply, then it would be counter to your statement of one goal (because then it would be two goals: to keep learning and to apply).
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12 Apr 2019, 05:02
Both "to keep learning" and "to apply ~" are my one goal.

So you are saying that in below sentences, sentence B's are correct and A's are wrong?

Sentence A: My goal is to save money and become a millionaire.
Sentence B: My goals are to save money and become a millionaire.

Sentence A: My goal is to eat one carrot and drink a glass of wine everyday.
Sentence B: My goals are to eat one carrot and drink a glass of wine everyday.

Sentence A: My 2019 new year's resolution is to keep working out and lose 10 lbs.
Sentence B-1: My 2019 new year's resolutions are to keep working out and lose 10 lbs.
Sentence B-2: My 2019 new year's resolution is to keep working out and losing 10 lbs.

Sentence A: My dream is to go to Hawaii and surf on the beach.
Sentence B: My dreams are to go to Hawaii and surf on the beach.

I understand that you can interpret "to keep learning" and "to apply" as two separate goals, but the intention of the writer, which is myself, was to group them as one goal, just like in the sentence A's shown above.

Especially, sentence B-2 about the new year's resolution does not seem correct, because you are changing the meaning of the sentence slightly by incorporating "losing" as part of "keep + verb + ing" structure against the intention of the writer.

Do you still think that it is grammatically incorrect to leave the sentence as it is?
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15 Apr 2019, 04:32

In some cases, it's very clear. For example:

Daily exercise and helping people are my goals.

The above can only be interpreted as two different goals.

But in the original sentence that you mentioned, I agree that a case can be made either way.

Hence, I would suggest that if a specific GMAT question is testing on this concept, do reproduce that question, so we can have more contextual discussion.
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