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# The Baldrick Manufacturing Company has for several years

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696. The Baldrick Manufacturing Company has for several years followed a policy aimed at decreasing operating costs and improving the efficiency of its distribution system.
(A) aimed at decreasing operating costs and improving
(B) aimed at the decreasing of operating costs and to improve
(C) aiming at the decreasing of operating costs and improving
(D) the aim of which is the decreasing of operating costs and improving
(E) with the aim to decrease operating costs and to improve

With explaination plz
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16 Feb 2005, 21:49
A is the correct choice here.

But, folks the following use of aim are correct in other contexts.

Aim for -> I wan't to aim for a better school

Aiming to -> I am aiming to score well in the GMAT.

Coming on to why B, C, D, E are wrong:

(B) aimed at the decreasing of operating costs and to improve

If we are mentioning two (or various) things in a series, they have to be parallel in structure ( Both Gerunds, Both Infinitives, Both nouns, both clauses etc)

This lacks parallelism. 'the decreasing of operating costs' is not parallel to the infinitive 'to improve'

decreasing of operating costs is also wordy, decreasing operating costs would suffice

(C) aiming at the decreasing of operating costs and improving

wordy as in B. Also need a past tense of aim.

(D) the aim of which is the decreasing of operating costs and improving

the aim of which is just ackward

(E) with the aim to decrease operating costs and to improve

aim to does not work in this sentence. It does not clearly imply that the policy was focused on decreasing of operating costs and improving operating costs

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17 Feb 2005, 00:09
aimed at is idoimatic ( i think).
but I'm sure aimed at the decreasing is wrong, so (B), (C) are out.

I'll take (A)

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17 Feb 2005, 02:00
go for the -ing choices as policy still continues. so B and E out. D doesnt makes sense. In C, "the" is unneccessary. Hence, A is the right answer.

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