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595. 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

Correct answer choice is (E).
Only difference between (B) and (E) is "for buying" is replaced with "to buy"

Is there any other way to answer this except 'idiomatic expression'?
Does GMAT ask questions solely based on idiomatic expression such as this one?
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New post 12 Jan 2018, 01:14
U missed out one more thing between B and D. "sale" and "sales"

Sale can mean sales, something is being sold.
If you want to sell your house you can put the sign "For sale" or "On sale" on front yard.
If some shop is selling their goods in lowered prices, they put a sign "Sale" outside.

If you out a sign "Sales" outside your house it would mean there are stuff being sold inside (or in the yard), but the house itself is not for sale.
Sales also mean the revenues earned by a company when it sells its products.

In this context only sale is correct and hence the option E.
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