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# To speak habitually of the “truly needy” is gradually instilling the

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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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Problem 1: if the adverb gradually is modifying instilling, is then instilling a verb; it is just a plain gerund on in other words a noun; the verb is represents the action of the subject “To speak habitually of the “truly needy”
Problem 2: Some people complain that “To gradually instill” is in fact a split infinitive as you are splitting the infinitive - to split - and intruding with an adverb. That is the reason - gradually to instill - is said to be somewhat a notch above.
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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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When it comes to parallelism, it is either C or E; But E goes down due to the use of instilling gradual notion, which is not the same as gradually to instill the notion
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23 Apr 2012, 01:54
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.

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27 Apr 2012, 20:08
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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22 Aug 2012, 07:16
D & E have dangling modifier - Speaking.
Eliminated A because of awkwardness.

I was stuck between B and C and chose B despite realizing that C has better parellalism structure.
Reason: I was trying to determine what does the adverb 'gradually' modify here, and felt 'instilling the notion' is what its trying modify. So, chose B because "is instilling the notion gradually" sounds more correct than "is gradually to instill notion". Experts please comment.
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22 Aug 2012, 07:19
ananthpatri wrote:
daagh wrote:
When it comes to parallelism, it is either C or E; But E goes down due to the use of instilling gradual notion, which is not the same as gradually to instill the notion

but shouldnt it be "To speak habitually of the “truly needy” is to gradually instill" ?

Unfortunately, what you are looking for is not in the answer choices. But yes, "To speak habitually of the “truly needy” is to gradually instill" is a better way to put it.
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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 - gradually instilling the notion is incorrect
(B) To speak habitually of the “truly needy” is instilling the notion gradually - notion gradually is incorrect
(C) To speak habitually of the “truly needy” is gradually to instill the notion - Parallelism
(D) Speaking habitually of the “truly needy” is to instill the gradual notion - gradual notion is suspect
(E) Speaking habitually of the “truly needy” is instilling the gradual notion - gradual notion is suspect

Are you sure this is a 700 question?

C looks pretty straight forward though.
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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

TIME magazine - May 24, 1982 | Vol. 119 No. 21

Words can be impregnated with feeling by oversimplification. People who oppose all abortions distort the position of those favoring freedom of private choice by calling them proabortion. And many a progressive or idealist has experienced the perplexity of defending himself against one of the most peculiar of all disparaging terms, do-gooder. By usage in special contexts, the most improbable words can be infused with extraneous meaning. To speak of the "truly needy" as the Administration habitually does is gradually to plant the notion that the unmodified needy are falsely so. Movie Critic Vincent Canby has noticed that the 'word film has become imbued with a good deal of snootiness that is not to be found in the word movie. Moderate is highly susceptible to coloring in many different ways, always by the fervid partisans of some cause: Adlai Stevenson, once accused of being too moderate on civil rights, wondered whether anyone wished him to be, instead, immoderate.
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