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

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04 Nov 2017, 07:22
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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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08 Nov 2017, 02:21
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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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04 Nov 2017, 18:41
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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06 Nov 2017, 07:10
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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06 Nov 2017, 13:43
Why is "travelling" preferable to "to travel"?
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06 Nov 2017, 18:00
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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07 Nov 2017, 02:41
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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07 Nov 2017, 10:15
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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03 Jul 2018, 08:15
Gerunds and Infinitives
When acting as a subject of a sentence, gerund (base form of the the verb + -ing) or infinitive (to + base form of the the verb) is always singular and requires a singular verb.

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 (Missing always)
(d) To travel to China or Japan has always
(e) Traveling to China and Japan have always (Traveling is singular)

The objective of the dream is not "to travel", hence gerund "traveling" is preferred.
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