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 Post subject: The list of animals
 Post Posted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 2:44 pm 
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The list of animals that exhibits a preference of either using the right or the left hand (i.e. claw, paw, or foot) has been expanded to include the lower vertebrates.

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b) exhibits the preference to use either the right or the left hand (i.e. claw, paw, or foot) has been expanded and includes
c) exhibit a preference in either using the right or the left hand (i.e. claw, paw, or foot) has been expanded to include
d) exhibit a preference for using either the right or the left hand (i.e. claw, paw, or foot) has been expanded to include
e) exhibit the preference as to either using the right or the left hand (i.e. claw, paw, or foot) has been expanded and includes

Find lot of difficulty to chose btw exhibits and exhibit.....but even then how to choose the best from remaining three ...all have correct S-V agreement... GMAT SC is too tough :(

OA..D...


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 Post subject: Re: The list of animals
 Post Posted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 11:45 pm 
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Subject verb agreement.

List- singular, hence has been

Animals-plural, hence exhibit

Down to C & D. exhibit a preference for using is the correct idiom..


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 Post subject: Re: The list of animals
 Post Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 5:01 am 
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chuckberry007 wrote:
Subject verb agreement.

List- singular, hence has been

Animals-plural, hence exhibit

Down to C & D. exhibit a preference for using is the correct idiom..


perfect.

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 Post subject: Re: The list of animals
 Post Posted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 3:16 am 
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How does one know whether 'that' refers to the 'animals' (plural) and not to the 'list' (singular).


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 Post subject: Re: The list of animals
 Post Posted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 4:14 pm 
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Although I know this is not the first thing (or may be) but something nonsensical must be discarded. "The list ... that exhibits a preference of either using" seems nonsensical to me. Then the touch rule for noun modifiers. There are some exceptions to the touch rule in case of essential prepositional phrases/idioms in between but generally it holds true.


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 Post subject: Re: The list of animals
 Post Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 6:56 am 
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acethegmat wrote:
How does one know whether 'that' refers to the 'animals' (plural) and not to the 'list' (singular).


this is determined by the following verb. if the verb is singular, then "that" refers to "the list". if the verb is plural, then "that" refers to "animals".

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 Post subject: Re: The list of animals
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 9:28 pm 
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Another reason for D as the choice is that it uses the idiom "either..., or..." correctly verus C. C does not have the word "using" repeat itself for parallelism.


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 Post subject: Re: The list of animals
 Post Posted: Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:30 am 
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devneeetbajaj wrote:
Another reason for D as the choice is that it uses the idiom "either..., or..." correctly verus C. C does not have the word "using" repeat itself for parallelism.

absolutely correct; good observation.

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 Post subject: Re: The list of animals
 Post Posted: Sun Sep 26, 2010 11:35 pm 
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So is absolutely incorrect to say preference in ?


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 Post subject: Re: The list of animals
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:13 am 
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Viswanathan.harsha wrote:
So is absolutely incorrect to say preference in ?


well, i could create a sentence in which "preference" is followed by "in"; they just wouldn't be part of the same idiom.

e.g.,
past studies have shown that cats prefer to use the right paw for eating, but cats showed no such preference in the most recent study.

this is a correct sentence.
obviously, "preference" and "in" are components of two completely different constructions (color-coded for emphasis), but they do occur consecutively.

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 Post subject: Re: The list of animals
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:45 pm 
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If 'list' is singular, should the last verb not be singular i.e 'includes' and not 'include'?


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 Post subject: Re: The list of animals
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 1:07 pm 
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The list includes x y and z ---This is fine

But here we are dealing with infinitives. (to include)

The list of animals that exhibit a preference for using either the right or the left hand (i.e. claw, paw, or foot) has been expanded to include

Eliminate middlemen and analyze....

The list of animals that exhibit a preference has been expanded to include

or

----The list has been expanded to include----

the list has been expanded. Why?
----to include more items-----

Makes sense?


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 Post subject: Re: The list of animals
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 1:20 pm 
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ah yes!

the mind has become mush


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 Post subject: Re: The list of animals
 Post Posted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 7:16 am 
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gokul_nair1984 wrote:
The list includes x y and z ---This is fine

But here we are dealing with infinitives. (to include)

The list of animals that exhibit a preference for using either the right or the left hand (i.e. claw, paw, or foot) has been expanded to include

Eliminate middlemen and analyze....

The list of animals that exhibit a preference has been expanded to include

or

----The list has been expanded to include----

the list has been expanded. Why?
----to include more items-----

Makes sense?


nice explanation.

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 Post subject: Re: The list of animals
 Post Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:13 pm 
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May be I am asking the same question again.......

RonPurewal wrote:
acethegmat wrote:
How does one know whether 'that' refers to the 'animals' (plural) and not to the 'list' (singular).


this is determined by the following verb. if the verb is singular, then "that" refers to "the list". if the verb is plural, then "that" refers to "animals".


In this SC question, we have to choose the answer based on the verb(exhibit/exhibits) and we donot know what "that" refers to.
Also, is it wrong to say..."either using the right or (using implied)the left" ?

These two point confused me a lot, hope you guys can help me.


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