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872. To speak habitually of the “truly needy” is gradually instilling the notion that many of those who are just called “needy” actually have adequate resources; such a conclusion is unwarranted.
(A) To speak habitually of the “truly needy” is gradually instilling the notion====
(B) To speak habitually of the “truly needy” is instilling the notion gradually
(C) To speak habitually of the “truly needy” is gradually to instill the notion
(D) Speaking habitually of the “truly needy” is to instill the gradual notion
(E) Speaking habitually of the “truly needy” is instilling the gradual notion
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872. To speak habitually of the “truly needy” is gradually instilling the notion that many of those who are just called “needy” actually have adequate resources; such a conclusion is unwarranted.

(A) To speak habitually of the “truly needy” is gradually instilling the notion
Incorrect: Correct idiomatic structure would be "To speak habitually . . . is gradually to instill . . ." You need "to speak" to be parallel to "to instill." This choice uses "instilling" instead.

(B) To speak habitually of the “truly needy” is instilling the notion gradually
Incorrect: This also uses "to speak . . . is instilling" instead of "to speak . . . is to instill"

(C) To speak habitually of the “truly needy” is gradually to instill the notion
Correct: Correct idiomatic structure.

(D) Speaking habitually of the “truly needy” is to instill the gradual notion
Incorrect: Uses "Speaking . . . to instill" this is not parallel

(E) Speaking habitually of the “truly needy” is instilling the gradual notion
Incorrect: This sentence is parallel (speaking . . . is instilling), however the placement of "gradual" changes the meaning of the sentence. In the original sentence, it is the instilling of the notion that is gradual. This choice says that the notion itself is gradual.

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I think: any option that would have read: to speak habitually.......is to instill gradually...,would have been the best..C seems a lil awkward to me..

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I guess in this type of question we should just select the option having parallelism

To do X is to do Y.
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To Me too C seemed to be a little weird .

To gradually instill would have been wrong too because of infinitive split .
But i guess we just need to see the parallel structure.
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+1 C

To X is To Y.

Gradually must be an adverb not an adjective (gradual).
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3 Things -- helped me eliminate the wrong ans.
1. notion that - most of the questions I 've done, notion follows that.
2. Idiom -To x is to y
3. Parallelism
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+1 C
infinitive + verb + infinitive...

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