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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
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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

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The answer should be D.
Correct Idioms:
so [adjective] as to [verb]
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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the correct answer is indeed D
u can distinguish between X and Y
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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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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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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
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New post 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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