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12.Darwin was not the first to advance a theory of evolution; his tremendous originality lay in the fact that he proposed the idea of natural selection as the means by which evolution worked.
(A) lay in the fact that he proposed the idea
(B) lay in the fact of his proposing the idea
(C) laid in the fact of his proposing the idea
(D) laid in his proposal
(E) lay in his proposal
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01 Apr 2004, 23:06
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12.Darwin was not the first to advance a theory of evolution; his tremendous originality lay in the fact that he proposed the idea of natural selection as the means by which evolution worked.
(A) lay in the fact that he proposed the idea
(B) lay in the fact of his proposing the idea
(C) laid in the fact of his proposing the idea
(D) laid in his proposal
(E) lay in his proposal

C and D automatically out. (bcoz there must be simple Present) but out of A / B and E, I would go with E.
Bcoz "his tremendous originality lay in his Proposal of ..." and not in the fact that he proposed the idea .....

What is the original answer, buddy ?

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01 Apr 2004, 23:23
A.....E means the proposal holds true in the present also which is not true...

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02 Apr 2004, 08:30
Hmmm, "lay in the fact that he proposed" --> isn't that more wordy than "lay in his proposal"? Anyone can clarify that?
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02 Apr 2004, 10:01
I am wavering between A and E.

I am not sure whether 'proposal of' is correct usage, hence I will go by A.

I have heard of 'proposal for', 'proposal to', but not sure about 'proposal of'.

Paul, can you help me in this.
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02 Apr 2004, 10:13
I think "proposal of" is proper english.
ie "proposal of the new budget/plan", "proposal of the building of new roads"
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02 Apr 2004, 12:40
I'd go with E as well. I agree with monarc that it's the most concise...
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03 Apr 2004, 04:22
OA is E.
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14 Aug 2004, 21:05
I know that the OA is E, but I supose it is wrong.

With E, the sentence becomes as follws:

his tremendous originality lay in his proposal of natural selection as the means by which evoluation worked.

This could mean that his tremendous originality was lying as the means by which evolution worked. (in his proposal of natural selection)

But this meaning is absurd.

With A the sentence becomes as follws:

his tremendous originality lay in the fact that he proposed the idea of natural selection as the means by which evoluation worked.

This correctly means that natural selection was proposed as means by which evolution worked.

Furthermore, "proposed ...as" is more idiomatic that "his proposal of ....as"

A should be the correct answer.

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15 Aug 2004, 03:53
Out of curiousity, what was the source of this correction? I too thought E was incorrect because its meaning could be misinterpreted.
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15 Aug 2004, 06:21
SigEpUCI wrote:
Out of curiousity, what was the source of this correction? I too thought E was incorrect because its meaning could be misinterpreted.

I do not know what you are asking. What do you mean when you say what is the source of the correction?
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