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To read of Abigail Adam's lengthy separation from her family, her difficult travels, and her constant battles with illness is to feel intensely how harsh life was even for the so-called aristocracy of Revolutionary times.

(A) To read of
(B) Reading about
(C) Having read about
(D) Once one reads of
(E) To have read of

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A is correct !

To read of Abigail Adams’ lengthy separation from her family, her difficult travels, and her constant battles with illness is to feel intensely how harsh life was even for the so-called aristocracy of Revolutionary times.

(A) To read of
(B) Reading about
(C) Having read about
(D) Once one reads of
(E) To have read of

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(E) has tense error.

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To read of Abigail Adam's lengthy separation from her family, her difficult travels, and her constant battles with illness is to feel intensely how harsh life was even for the so-called aristocracy of Revolutionary times.
(A) To read of
(B) Reading about
(C) Having read about
(D) Once one reads of
(E) To have read of


Choice A

The sentence uses simple present tense structure :- To read X(subject) is(verb) to feel Y(object)

Is is the main verb.

The subject To read and the object to feel are in the infinitive form (Infinitive is a verbal consisting of the word to plus a verb [in simplest form] and acts as a Noun, adjective, or adverb).

The Infinitive form of both subject and object makes the subject phrase and the object phrase parallel to each other.

A) Sentence is correct as written.

B) INCORRECT :- Here the subject used in gerund form Reading, which is not parallel with object (which is an infinitive).

C) INCORRECT :- Awkward subject phrase Having read

D) INCORRECT :- Here reads acts as verb and thus the sentence contains two verbs reads and is with any conjunction. The usage of once is confusing.

E) INCORRECT :- Redundant have makes the subject wordy.

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To read ... is to feel ... . The correct answer choice is obvious.
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can anyone explain option D ?
I know answer but I don't am not sure about option D !

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To read of .......sounds like the main purpose is to feel intensely. Please clarify the meaning.
Also, the construction to read of X, looks odd. To read about Xor on X makes more sense.

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To read ... is to feel ... . The correct answer choice is obvious.


Hi,
Is to read of an idiomatic construction? To read X ....is to feel Y makes more sense to me.
Can u kindly clear the distinction between to read of X and to read X.

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Is to read of an idiomatic construction? To read X ....is to feel Y makes more sense to me.
Can u kindly clear the distinction between to read of X and to read X.

Yup, "to read of" is definitely an idiomatic construction -- one of about 25,000 idioms in English. :dazed

For whatever it's worth, here's the difference between "to read" and "to read of":

  • "to read X" --> X is generally something that you can actually read, like a book or a poem or a report. "To read a Greek cookbook is to feel an indescribable longing for feta cheese and baklava." Or a simpler example: "I like to read books about Afghani cuisine."
  • "to read of X" --> X is generally a topic or an idea, and not an actual document. "To read of Greek cuisine is to feel an indescribable longing for feta cheese and baklava." Or a simpler example: "I like to read of Afghani cuisine." (Though that sounds pretentious as all hell, and I'm not sure why we wouldn't just say "I like to read ABOUT Afghani cuisine.")

I wouldn't lose too much sleep over this one, though. Again, there are about 25,000 idioms in English, and I'd be really, really surprised if you run into this particular construction ever again on the GMAT. This particular question is official, but it's as old as dirt, and sounds like an outdated form of English. So the odds that you have to deal with this particular type of sentence again are really, really slim.
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