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# The income categories of Senator Crocker’s proposed tax code are as br

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The income categories of Senator Crocker’s proposed tax code are as broad as to fail to distinguish the sale of an old chair at a pawnshop from collecting profits in a sophisticated stock option move.

(A) as broad as to fail to distinguish the sale of an old chair at a pawnshop from collecting profits in

(B) as broad as to fail in distinguishing between the sale of an old chair at a pawnshop and collecting profits from

(C) so broad as to fail to distinguish selling an old chair at a pawnshop and collecting profits from

(D) so broad as to fail to distinguish selling an old chair at a pawnshop from collecting profits in

(E) so broad that he fails in distinguishing between selling chair at a pawnshop from the profits in

Originally posted by gmatgambler on 05 Apr 2014, 06:26.
Last edited by hazelnut on 26 Sep 2017, 00:23, edited 2 times in total.
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05 Apr 2014, 06:41
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gmatgambler wrote:
The income categories of Senator Crocker’s proposed tax code are as broad as to fail to distinguish the sale of an old chair at a pawnshop from collecting profits in a sophisticated stock option move.

A)as broad as to fail to distinguish the sale of an old chair at a pawnshop from collecting profits in

B)as broad as to fail in distinguishing between the sale of an old chair at a pawnshop and collecting profits from

C)so broad as to fail to distinguish selling an old chair at a pawnshop and collecting profits from

D)so broad as to fail to distinguish selling an old chair at a pawnshop from collecting profits in

E)so broad that he fails in distinguishing between selling chair at a pawnshop from the profits in

OA to follow after some discussion ...

Correct Idioms:
distinguish between A and B - in which A and B are parallel
or distinguish A from B - in which A and B are parallel

D uses all of them correctly.
(edited post on observing missing 'between' in 'C'.)
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05 Apr 2014, 10:23
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the correct answer is indeed D
u can distinguish between X and Y
or
u can distinguish X from Y

also X and Y need to be parallel ---->selling an old chair at a pawnshop from collecting profits in
both are simple gerund so that makes them parallel
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06 Apr 2014, 23:13
Options A & B can be eliminated as the usage "as broad as" is incorrect

Option E doesn't quite complete the comparison

Distinguish X from Y is the right usage hence option D must be the answer.
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11 Jan 2018, 00:09
this question comes from Magoosh.
The question has not tested the idiom "distinguish between...and..." vs "distinguish X from Y". Both idioms are correct; I believe gmat will not test the differences in meaning.
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14 May 2018, 05:51
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Split #1: the idiom "so [adjective] as to" is correct, and the construction "as [adjective] as to" is idiomatically incorrect. Choices (A) & (B) are incorrect on this split, and choices (C) & (D) & (E) are correct.

Split #2: the idiom "fail to" is correct, and the construction "fail in" is incorrect. Choices (B) & (E) are incorrect on this split, and choices (A) & (C) & (D) are correct.

Split #3: there are two acceptable idioms involving the verb "distinguish" — one is "to distinguish P from Q" (choices (A) & (D) have this correct); the other is "to distinguish between P and Q" (no choice has this correct). It is incorrect to use "distinguish between" with "from" (choice (B) & (E) make this mistake) and to use "distinguish" + "and" without the word "between" (choice (C) makes this mistake).

Split #4: Parallel structure! In either of the forms of the "distinguish" idiom, the P and Q must be parallel in structure. Both can be gerunds, "selling" and "collecting" (choice (C) & (D) have this correct). Both can be nouns, "sale" and "profits" — no answer choice has that construction. It violates parallelism to have one gerund and one noun — choices (A) & (B) & (E) make that mistake.

Split #5: only one choice has this issue, but notice the mystery pronoun in (E) — who is the "he" mentioned in this choice?? Senator Crocker's name appears only in the possessive, and on the GMAT, that's not adequate to be the antecedent of a pronoun.

The only possible answer is (D).
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07 Feb 2019, 10:44
gmatgambler wrote:
The income categories of Senator Crocker’s proposed tax code are as broad as to fail to distinguish the sale of an old chair at a pawnshop from collecting profits in a sophisticated stock option move.

(A) as broad as to fail to distinguish the sale of an old chair at a pawnshop from collecting profits in

(B) as broad as to fail in distinguishing between the sale of an old chair at a pawnshop and collecting profits from

(C) so broad as to fail to distinguish selling an old chair at a pawnshop and collecting profits from

(D) so broad as to fail to distinguish selling an old chair at a pawnshop from collecting profits in

(E) so broad that he fails in distinguishing between selling chair at a pawnshop from the profits in

Correct idiom is distinguish X from Y, correctly used in D
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