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GMAT Sentence Correction 25-30

I solved the Sentence Correction questions 25 to 30; 6 correct.
Reference: The Official Guide for GMAT® Verbal Review, 2nd Edition

25 and 26 seemed more puzzling than others to me. Try 25 first.

Like Auden, the language of James Merrill is chatty, arch, and conversational -- given to complex syntactic flights as well as to prosaic free-verse strolls.

Did you realize the violation of paralellism? The sentence tries to compare the languages used by the two authors, Auden and James Merrill. The use of the phrase like "Auden's" to begin the comparison is needed, creating a parallel construction of "Auden's (language) and Merrill's (language)". So the correct answer for 25 is "Like Auden's, James Merrill's language".

26 forced me to spend so much more time than the other five questions.

The Baldrick Manufacturing Company has for several years followed a policy aimed at decreasing operating costs and improving the efficiency of iyts distribution system.

I swayed and swayed between these two;
(A) aimed at decreasing operating costs and improving
(E) with the aim to decrease operating costs and to improve

Which looks better to you?

Finally I chose (A), which was in fact the correct answer. Nontheless (E) didn't seem so bad to me. I thought there might be an idiomatic phrase like "with the aim to do", but the book says there isn't: the correct idiom is "with the aim of ~ing". Then I wondered if it was really so because it sounded kind okay to me.

Then I googled some variations;
■ "with the aim of increasing" 3,750,000 hits
□ "with the aim to increase" 2,660,000 hits

■ "with the aim of developing" 5,460,000 hits
□ "with the aim to develop" 2,520,000 hits

As far as the above results go, "with the aim of ~ing" is more common than "with the aim to do", but it may go too far to say that "with the aim to do" is an incorrect idiom. Well, so be it.
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