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The Lewis and Clark expedition was to follow the Mississippi to its so

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The Lewis and Clark expedition was to follow the Mississippi to its source, look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, and return.


A. look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, and return.

B. to look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, and then return.

C. to look for easy water routes across the continent, to continue to the Pacific, then returning.

D. look for easy water routes across the continent, to continue to the Pacific, and to return.

E. look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, then returning.

Originally posted by unuk50 on 31 May 2016, 21:46.
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The Lewis and Clark expedition was to follow the Mississippi to its source, look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, and return.

A. look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, and return.
B. to look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, and then return.
C. to look for easy water routes across the continent, to continue to the Pacific, then returning.
D. look for easy water routes across the continent, to continue to the Pacific, and to return.
E. look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, then returning.

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Hi,

the statement talks of four parallel events - follow, look , continue, and return...

so all the 4 should be parallel and similar..
It can be done in two ways-
1) to follow..., to look...., to continue...., and to return - which may not exactly suit here, since all the events follow a sequence as written,..
2) to follow..., look..., continue..., and return.. Correct..

Only A follows the parallelism correctly, while showing proper sequence of activities
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The Lewis and Clark expedition was to follow the Mississippi to its source, look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, and return.

A. look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, and return.
B. to look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, and then return.
C. to look for easy water routes across the continent, to continue to the Pacific, then returning.
D. look for easy water routes across the continent, to continue to the Pacific, and to return.
E. look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, then returning.

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D) to follow....,to look....,to continue....,and to return

A) to (follow...,look....,continue....and,return)

both are // structures .

Why not D is the answer .

Is it the brevity ?
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unuk50 wrote:
The Lewis and Clark expedition was to follow the Mississippi to its source, look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, and return.

A. look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, and return.
B. to look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, and then return.
C. to look for easy water routes across the continent, to continue to the Pacific, then returning.
D. look for easy water routes across the continent, to continue to the Pacific, and to return.
E. look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, then returning.

This is an official question from Exam Pack 2.
Looking for responses to explain the right answer.



Hi,

the statement talks of four parallel events - follow, look , continue, and return...

so all the 4 should be parallel and similar..
It can be done in two ways-
1) to follow..., to look...., to continue...., and to return - which may not exactly suit here, since all the events follow a sequence as written,..
2) to follow..., look..., continue..., and return.. Correct..

Only A follows the parallelism correctly, while showing proper sequence of activities



I eliminated option A becaz I read somewhere that actions around AND are parallel, for eg. "reading And listening to music" <- this can be performed parallelly. Can we consider 'Return' here with other actions? If yes, is it becaz the context on the expedition plan and not the actual action?
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I eliminated option A becaz I read somewhere that actions around AND are parallel, for eg. "reading And listening to music" <- this can be performed parallelly. Can we consider 'Return' here with other actions? If yes, is it becaz the context on the expedition plan and not the actual action?

chetan has explained above that all the four are infinitives: to follow..., to look...., to continue...., and to return. So, they are parallel.

"to" is implied in the rest of the three.
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Amit0507 wrote:
I eliminated option A becaz I read somewhere that actions around AND are parallel, for eg. "reading And listening to music" <- this can be performed parallelly. Can we consider 'Return' here with other actions? If yes, is it becaz the context on the expedition plan and not the actual action?

chetan has explained above that all the four are infinitives: to follow..., to look...., to continue...., and to return. So, they are parallel.

"to" is implied in the rest of the three.


Plz. read my qtn. I understand how & why thy are parallel. My qtn - can the actions (literally) be considered executed parallelly?
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The Lewis and Clark expedition was to follow the Mississippi to its source, look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, and return.

a. look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, and return
b. to look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, and then return
c. to look for easy water routes across the continent, to continue to the Pacific, then returning
d. look for easy water routes across the continent, to continue to the Pacific, and to return
e. look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, then returning


The Lewis and Clark expedition was to -

1. follow the Mississippi to its source,
2. look for easy water routes across the continent,
3. continue to the Pacific,
4. and return

A list is presented , answer will be (A)
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Plz. read my qtn. I understand how & why thy are parallel. My qtn - can the actions (literally) be considered executed parallelly?
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Pl don't misread parallelism for simultaneity. When you say you want to do A, B, C, and D, you want to do them one after another. An action like ' return' will mean by reasoning that it is the last of the action. The application of sequence is an essential part of the logic of GMAT. After all one can't return before doing these things.

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Ate and slept,
dreamt and danced,
joined the school and failed miserably etc
are all parallel, but can one do the actions of each of the pairs at the same?
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Imo A
It correctly maintains parallelism.
E comes close but then returning plays spoilsport.

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The Lewis and Clark expedition was to follow the Mississippi to its source, look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, and return.

A. look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, and return.
B. to look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, and then return.
C. to look for easy water routes across the continent, to continue to the Pacific, then returning.
D. look for easy water routes across the continent, to continue to the Pacific, and to return.
E. look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, then returning.

You can see the path to the correct answer in the following way.

Look at the beginning of the sentence.

The Lewis and Clark expedition was to

OK, "was to" what?

follow ..., look ..., continue ..., and return.

A works perfectly.

Let's consider B.

The Lewis and Clark expedition was to follow the Mississippi to its source,

B. to look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, and then return.

We have "to follow" and "to look". So, we need a "to" before each of the other items in the list, but "continue" and "return" do not have "to" before them. So, this list is not parallel.

Let's consider C.

The Lewis and Clark expedition was to follow the Mississippi to its source,

C. to look for easy water routes across the continent, to continue to the Pacific, then returning.

In this version we have a list that has no conjunction. "then" before "returning" does not serve as a conjunction in the way that "and" would in that spot. Also, all of the items in the list except for "returning" are in infinitive form. So, the list is not parallel.

Let's consider D.

The Lewis and Clark expedition was to follow the Mississippi to its source,

D. look for easy water routes across the continent, to continue to the Pacific, and to return.

D is a trap. Because "look" is at the beginning of the underlined portion, It's easy to miss the fact that "to follow", "to continue", and "to return" all include "to", while "look" is alone and is not preceded by "to". Since the elements of the list are all in the same form except for "look", the list is not parallel.

Let's consider E.

The Lewis and Clark expedition was to follow the Mississippi to its source,

E. look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, then returning.

This version almost works. We have "The Lewis and Clark expedition was to

follow ..., look ..., continue ...,"

So far, the sentence works. However, it fails at the end. Rather than a conjunction and another word that works with "was to" we have "then returning". So, we don't have a conjunction to hold the list together, and "returning" does not work with "was to" the way the other three elements of the list do.

The correct answer is A.
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Hey GMATNinja aragonn chetan2u
How is B wrong with respect to meaning?

The Lewis and Clark expedition was to follow the Mississippi to its source, look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, and return.

(B)to look for easy water routes across the continent, continue to the Pacific, and then return.

The way i see it -
The expedition was to follow the Mississippi to its source.
Why?
To - look for water routes, continue to the Pacific, and then return.
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blitzkriegxX - chetan and Marty Murray has answered your question in detail. This question can be solved just by look around parallel structure alone. 2nd choice is grammatically wrong. here a word of caution, you should not look meaning of every option, you will kill a lot of time. Best option is to analyze A for meaning and rest will be the variation of that. or remove all choices on grammar grounds and find meaning difference for rest of the choices.
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