• NEW! FREE Beat The GMAT Quizzes
    NEW! FREE Beat The GMAT Quizzes
    NEW! FREE Beat The GMAT Quizzes
    Hundreds of Questions Highly Detailed Reporting Expert Explanations TAKE A FREE GMAT QUIZ
  • 7 CATs FREE!
    If you earn 100 Forum Points

    Engage in the Beat The GMAT forums to earn
    100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE

    Veritas Prep
    VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS
    Earn 10 Points Per Post
    Earn 10 Points Per Thanks
    Earn 10 Points Per Upvote
    REDEEM NOW

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

This topic has 1 expert reply and 0 member replies

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

Post
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

OA: B

What's wrong with options C and D? Can any experts help?

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag

GMAT/MBA Expert

Post
Hello!

Let's take a look at each option, and what makes each one correct/incorrect:

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

(a) To travel to China and Japan have always
"To travel to" isn't the best way to write about actions John is dreaming of. Instead, use a gerund (a word that ends with -ing) to clearly show action. It also uses "have always," which is a plural verb - and since the topic is focused on traveling to BOTH places eventually, it makes more sense to use the singular "has always."

(b) Traveling to China and Japan has always
This one is correct because it starts with a gerund that clearly shows action, and fixed the have/has problem in A.

(c) To travel to China and Japan has
Again, "To travel to" isn't the best way to write about actions. This one also got rid of the word "always," which is important to the meaning of the sentence! He hasn't just started dreaming about it - he's been dreaming about it his whole life!

(d) To travel to China or Japan has always
This one is sneaky - they switched "China and Japan" with "China or Japan," which is different! He wants to go to both - not one or the other!

(e) Traveling to China and Japan have always
This one is wrong because it didn't fix the have/has problem from option A.

I hope this helps! I'm available if you'd like any follow up.

_________________
GMAT Prep From The Economist
We offer 70+ point score improvement money back guarantee.
Our average student improves 98 points.

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
Free 7-Day Test Prep with Economist GMAT Tutor - Receive free access to the top-rated GMAT prep course including a 1-on-1 strategy session, 2 full-length tests, and 5 ask-a-tutor messages. Get started now.
  • Kaplan Test Prep
    Free Practice Test & Review
    How would you score if you took the GMAT

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Kaplan Test Prep
  • The Princeton Review
    FREE GMAT Exam
    Know how you'd score today for $0

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    The Princeton Review
  • e-gmat Exclusive Offer
    Get 300+ Practice Questions
    25 Video lessons and 6 Webinars for FREE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    e-gmat Exclusive Offer
  • Veritas Prep
    Free Veritas GMAT Class
    Experience Lesson 1 Live Free

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Veritas Prep
  • PrepScholar GMAT
    5 Day FREE Trial
    Study Smarter, Not Harder

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    PrepScholar GMAT
  • EMPOWERgmat Slider
    1 Hour Free
    BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    EMPOWERgmat Slider
  • Varsity Tutors
    Award-winning private GMAT tutoring
    Register now and save up to $200

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Varsity Tutors
  • Magoosh
    Magoosh
    Study with Magoosh GMAT prep

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Magoosh
  • Target Test Prep
    5-Day Free Trial
    5-day free, full-access trial TTP Quant

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Target Test Prep
  • Economist Test Prep
    Free Trial & Practice Exam
    BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Economist Test Prep

Top First Responders*

1 Scott@TargetTestPrep 40 first replies
2 Brent@GMATPrepNow 40 first replies
3 Ian Stewart 37 first replies
4 Jay@ManhattanReview 28 first replies
5 GMATGuruNY 26 first replies
* Only counts replies to topics started in last 30 days
See More Top Beat The GMAT Members

Most Active Experts

1 image description Scott@TargetTestPrep

Target Test Prep

159 posts
2 image description Max@Math Revolution

Math Revolution

84 posts
3 image description Brent@GMATPrepNow

GMAT Prep Now Teacher

59 posts
4 image description Ian Stewart

GMATiX Teacher

46 posts
5 image description GMATGuruNY

The Princeton Review Teacher

40 posts
See More Top Beat The GMAT Experts