Infinitives cannot be placed immeidately aftre a noun?

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Hi Everyone,
OG 12 109 says that it is wrong to place infinitives immediately after a noun. does it apply universally?
for instance: 'I bought a book to prepare for GMAT' - is this sentence wrong?

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by FightWithGMAT » Sat Jun 05, 2010 9:48 am
concept wrote:Hi Everyone,
OG 12 109 says that it is wrong to place infinitives immediately after a noun. does it apply universally?
for instance: 'I bought a book to prepare for GMAT' - is this sentence wrong?
There is not such universal rule.
Actually 109 tests the correct idiomatic expression.

Correct Idiom is AID IN....not AID TO.

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by concept » Sun Jun 06, 2010 7:23 am
FightWithGMAT wrote:
concept wrote:Hi Everyone,
OG 12 109 says that it is wrong to place infinitives immediately after a noun. does it apply universally?
for instance: 'I bought a book to prepare for GMAT' - is this sentence wrong?
There is not such universal rule.
Actually 109 tests the correct idiomatic expression.

Correct Idiom is AID IN....not AID TO.
thanks. I would be more convinced if I also get an yes form an expert for FightWithGmat's reply.
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by vijay_venky » Mon Jun 07, 2010 6:33 am
I'm no expert. But , according to Wren 'n' Martin, one of the usages of Infinitives is qualifying a noun.

For Example, Here is a house to let.

That means the rule that was mentioned earlier must have been specific to a particular instance.


Please correct me if I'm wrong

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by RumpelThickSkin » Tue Jun 08, 2010 12:25 am
Concept,

I just went through 109. Got it right because I had come across the idiom AID - IN before.

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by grockit_andrea » Sat Jun 12, 2010 5:53 pm
I received a PM about this a while ago.

While I don't have the OG with me right now to look up the explanation at issue, I am also not aware of any rule that says infinitives can't be placed after nouns. The examples provided in this thread seem fine to me, and I can think of plenty of sentences in which an infinitive could be placed after a noun without an error. For instance, you could say, "If you want to know the answer, he is the person to ask." "Person" is a noun, and "to ask" is an infinitive; I don't see a problem there.
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by concept » Sat Jun 12, 2010 10:02 pm
grockit_andrea wrote:I received a PM about this a while ago.

While I don't have the OG with me right now to look up the explanation at issue, I am also not aware of any rule that says infinitives can't be placed after nouns. The examples provided in this thread seem fine to me, and I can think of plenty of sentences in which an infinitive could be placed after a noun without an error. For instance, you could say, "If you want to know the answer, he is the person to ask." "Person" is a noun, and "to ask" is an infinitive; I don't see a problem there.
yes Andrea. I think GMAC probably put that explanation in context with the particular case but it ended up looking like a generic rule. After posting this, I have seen a number of OG problems that use 'noun+infinitive' in correct choices. I guess we can close this thread.
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