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To travel to China and Japan have always been John's dream

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To travel to China and Japan have always been John's dream.

(a) To travel to China and Japan have always
(b) Traveling to China and Japan has always
(c) To travel to China and Japan has
(d) To travel to China or Japan has always
(e) Traveling to China and Japan have always
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To travel to China and Japan have always been John's dream.

A and E out because of S-V agreement
Left only B correct because of gerund

(a) To travel to China and Japan have always
(b) Traveling to China and Japan has always - Correct
(c) To travel to China and Japan has
(d) To travel to China or Japan has always
(e) Traveling to China and Japan have always
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Why are options C and D wrong? Could someone please elaborate? Is there a specific rule that requires the gerund rather than the infinitive form?

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Why is "travelling" preferable to "to travel"?

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To travel to China and Japan have always been John's dream.

(a) To travel to China and Japan have always (Travel is singular)
(b) Traveling to China and Japan has always (correct)
(c) To travel to China and Japan has
(d) To travel to China or Japan has always
(e) Traveling to China and Japan have always (Traveling is singular)
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IMO B

(a) To travel to China and Japan have always -- Verb should be singular
(b) Traveling to China and Japan has always -- Correct
(c) To travel to China and Japan has -- Missing always
(d) To travel to China or Japan has always -- Change in meaning
(e) Traveling to China and Japan have always-- Verb issue

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IMO

To travel to China and Japan have always been John's dream.

The answer lies in the meaning. John's dream is continuing hence traveling makes more sense. To on the other hand is used in case of motive/reason. So it doesn't make sense in other options.

(a) To travel to China and Japan have always
(b) Traveling to China and Japan has always
(c) To travel to China and Japan has
(d) To travel to China or Japan has always
(e) Traveling to China and Japan have always

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Why are options C and D wrong? Could someone please elaborate? Is there a specific rule that requires the gerund rather than the infinitive form?


Yes, when a purpose is conveyed, prefer infinitive over gerund, otherwise not. The purpose of the dream is not "to travel", hence gerund " travelling" is preferred.

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