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Post Sat Aug 07, 2010 2:36 pm
More and more in recent years, cities are stressing the arts as a means to greater economic development and investing millions of dollars in cultural activities, despite strained municipal budgets and fading federal support.
(A) to greater economic development and investing
(B) to greater development economically and investing
(C) of greater economic development and invest
(D) of greater development economically and invest
(E) for greater economic development and the investment of

I picked C .

Can someone help explain when to use means to vs means of. Is means to a correct idiom ?

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Post Sat May 07, 2011 11:24 pm
Friends,
I have a doubt in this context of explanation.

Do we say :
Playing cricket is a Means of livelihood
or
Playing cricket is a Means to livelihood

I suppose ,this phrase has got to do more wit idiom rather than rules.
Thank you already fro helping me out.

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Got it.
Thanks payal and gurpinder.

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Post Sat May 07, 2011 11:24 pm
Friends,
I have a doubt in this context of explanation.

Do we say :
Playing cricket is a Means of livelihood
or
Playing cricket is a Means to livelihood

I suppose ,this phrase has got to do more wit idiom rather than rules.
Thank you already fro helping me out.

Rohan

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Got it.
Thanks payal and gurpinder.

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Post Wed Sep 07, 2016 6:05 am
selfmade wrote:
More and more in recent years, cities are stressing the arts as a means to greater economic development and investing millions of dollars in cultural activities, despite strained municipal budgets and fading federal support.
(A) to greater economic development and investing
(B) to greater development economically and investing
(C) of greater economic development and invest
(D) of greater development economically and invest
(E) for greater economic development and the investment of

I picked C .

Can someone help explain when to use means to vs means of. Is means to a correct idiom ?
X as a means to y.....> x is used to make y
x as a means of y....> x is a type of y
hope it helps...

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Post Fri Sep 04, 2015 2:36 am
.... despite strained municipal budgets and fading federal support.

Can some one pls explain why is the sentence parallel. The part that is not underlined!

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Post Sun May 08, 2011 5:17 am
IMO a

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Post Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:08 pm
TOPGMAT wrote:
Need to undestand the concept clearly.
Suppose the sentence is as follows.
Some ppl are running as a means to stay fit and remaining healthy.
"Remaining" seems not correct here.
In similar lines, how can investing be right here ? whats wrong with invest?
TOPGMAT,

As Gurpinder correctly pointed out in his response, there is a difference between the sentence in the post and your sentence.

As I always say, read the sentence carefully and understand its meaning. As you completely understand the meaning you will be able to determine what constitutes a list in each of these sentences.

"Cities are stressing the arts as a means to greater economic development and investing millions of dollars"

In this sentence the list is as follows:
Cities are
1: Stressing...
2: Investing...
Thus, to maintain parallelism you should use "investing".

"Some ppl are running as a means to stay fit and remaining healthy."
In this sentence the list is as follows:
As a means to
1: Stay fit
2: Remaining healthy.
Thus, to maintain parallelism you should use "remain healthy".

I hope this makes sense.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the above.

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Post Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:15 pm
TOPGMAT wrote:
Need to undestand the concept clearly.
Suppose the sentence is as follows.
Some ppl are running as a means to stay fit and remaining healthy.
"Remaining" seems not correct here.
In similar lines, how can investing be right here ? whats wrong with invest?
Some ppl are running as a means to stay fit and remaining healthy. Incorrect!
It should be --> Some ppl run as a means to stay fit and to remain healthy.

In the sentence of this post, the correct term is investing.

Look: .....cities are stressing the arts as a means..... <-- the red is a progressive.

so it should parallel. therefore, investing!

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Post Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:04 am
Need to undestand the concept clearly.
Suppose the sentence is as follows.
Some ppl are running as a means to stay fit and remaining healthy.
"Remaining" seems not correct here.
In similar lines, how can investing be right here ? whats wrong with invest?

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Post Sat Aug 07, 2010 6:50 pm
Thanks e-GMAT. This really helps.

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