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Re: GMATPrep SC : Gerund vs inifinitive [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2010, 17:50
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Re: GMATPrep SC : Gerund vs inifinitive [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2010, 07:19
In E it is "it stored". This construction would imply that it was intentional to let the treat rot.
Because I think it is not intentional I would choose D.
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Re: Scrub jay [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2010, 04:12
IMO D.

The subject is singular as you can see in the initial part of the non-underlined section:
when it cached a particular

So, A/B/C are out. In D and E, D is better.
In E, the "it" at the end misleads.
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Re: Scrub jay [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2010, 04:51
Does "it" in option (E) not refer to Scrub Jay?...I picked (E).... :(

Can someone explain why (E) is wrong.
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Re: Scrub jay [#permalink] New post 21 May 2010, 21:40
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Seekmba,

Let me try to explain:

First removing the middleman:
A scrub jay can remember and tends not bothering to recover a perishable treat it stored long enough to have rotted.

bothering to recover - awkward usage
In E, IT is redundant, if referring to SCRUB JAY. Moreover, IT can refer to TREAT, RESEARCHERS, SCRUB JAY. Even if you check the original sentence, there also we dont have IT.

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Now, about the TEND and TENDS:
CAN REMEMBER - compound verb modifying WHEN IT....an action in the past.
TENDS - This is correct because singular SCRUB JAY. CAN is used to descibe the potential of SCRUB JAY that it remembers the past event. All this is discovered by the RESEARCHERS, else why we have , researchers have discovered, in the original senetence.

As per your question, TEND will occur if there is a need for parallelism. Here, we dont have this. Just confirm: ....can remember....and [can] tend not....This is awkward style.

Moreover, the explainatory particle RECOVERING is better usage than BOTHER TO.
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Re: Scrub jay [#permalink] New post 21 May 2010, 21:50
A scrub jay can remember when it cached a particular piece of food in a particular place, researchers have discovered, and tend not to bother to recover a perishable treat if stored long enough to have rotted.

A. tend not to bother to recover a perishable treat if
B. they tend not to bother recovering a perishable treat
C. tending not to bother to recover a perishable treat it
D. tends not to bother recovering a perishable treat
E. tends not bothering to recover a perishable treat it


Okay without looking right away A is wrong because the singular "a scrub jay" needs a singular verb form tends if in the present tense. Furthermore with that "researcher have discovered" in the middle we may have to look very carefully at the next answers. B. cannot work because they is unclear and it is now referring to the original single bird with they. C. Is difficult because I am not sure if the "and" is still there preceding it. If so C. is wrong. It is not parallel with the first verb form. So, D and E. D reads better right away. yes. it is D.

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Re: Scrub jay [#permalink] New post 23 May 2010, 11:34
Hey All,

Just wanted to throw in one brief bit of info on a question that no one answered quite right. Unlike the OG, I don't like to leave any issue up to "awkward construction" if I can help it.

D. tends not to bother recovering a perishable treat
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E. tends not bothering to recover a perishable treat it
PROBLEM: the reason why "tends not bothering to" is incorrect is that many verbs require the use of the infinitive directly after them. For example, "I like to run" "I wouldn't care to go there" etc. This is one of those verbs (i.e. "I tend to eat four times a day" or "I tend not to eat four times a day"). We need the "to bother" to come right after tend.

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Re: Scrub jay [#permalink] New post 23 May 2010, 11:34
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Oops. Just wanted to add that "not" can go in-between as well (and as is required here).

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Re: Scrub jay [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2011, 07:38
Thanks TommyWallach for being the only one to provide an actual answer to differentiate bw D and E
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Re: Scrub jay [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2011, 08:15
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this is special SC. Since it looks like the "tend" may be referring to the researchers. But later when we realize the meaning and the parallel marker "and" - its actually the scrub jay that will associate with "tend". Can you throw some light on the structure of A. Btw can I get rid of the non essentials like this

A scrub jay can remember when it cached a particular piece of food in a particular place, [strike]researchers have discovered[/strike], and tend not to bother to recover a perishable treat if stored long enough to have rotted.

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Hey All,

Just wanted to throw in one brief bit of info on a question that no one answered quite right. Unlike the OG, I don't like to leave any issue up to "awkward construction" if I can help it.

D. tends not to bother recovering a perishable treat
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E. tends not bothering to recover a perishable treat it
PROBLEM: the reason why "tends not bothering to" is incorrect is that many verbs require the use of the infinitive directly after them. For example, "I like to run" "I wouldn't care to go there" etc. This is one of those verbs (i.e. "I tend to eat four times a day" or "I tend not to eat four times a day"). We need the "to bother" to come right after tend.

Hope that helps!

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Re: Scrub jay [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2011, 22:34
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A scrub jay can remember when it cached a particular piece of food in a particular place, researchers have discovered, and tend not to bother to recover a perishable treat if stored long enough to have rotted.

A. tend not to bother to recover a perishable treat if (subject-verb disagreement)
B. they tend not to bother recovering a perishable treat (subject-verb disagreement)
C. tending not to bother to recover a perishable treat it ( wrong tense )
D. tends not to bother recovering a perishable treat
E. tends not bothering to recover a perishable treat it


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For this question, how can you tell if we should use tend or tends? I know "A scrub jay" is singular, but the first verb is "can remember", doesn't it imply that the next verb would be "<can> tend not to"? Just like "He can swim and jump" but not "He can swim and jumps"... thoughts?


he can swim and jumps..... if jumps signifies the usage of another clause . here he can swim and jump, which you are using is being used in the same clause, but in the SC there are 2 different clauses .

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Re: GMATPrep SC : Gerund vs inifinitive [#permalink] New post 02 May 2011, 00:45
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I believe that E suffers split infinitive problem. You're not allowed to separate "to" from the infinitive. For instance you cannot insert adverbs between the verb and "to". In this case you're putting bothering between. I believe it is not idiomatic.


Can you help me locate the split infinitive in E. I only see 'to recover' in E (which is obviously not a slit infinitive).
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Re: GMATPrep SC : Gerund vs inifinitive [#permalink] New post 02 May 2011, 01:02
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A scrub jay can remember when it cached a particular piece of food in a particular place, researchers have discovered, and tend not to bother to recover a perishable treat if stored long enough to have rotted.

A. tend not to bother to recover a perishable treat if
B. they tend not to bother recovering a perishable treat
C. tending not to bother to recover a perishable treat it
D. tends not to bother recovering a perishable treat
E. tends not bothering to recover a perishable treat it

Cant seem to pick between D and E

Can someone pls provide a detailed explanation

My only take on it is 'it' in E lacks a clear antecedent. Is there something more to it?


I will go with D as tend should be used with to and sounds better compared to other choices.
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Re: GMATPrep SC : Gerund vs inifinitive [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2011, 07:17
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E. tends not bothering to recover a perishable treat it
My only take on it is 'it' in E lacks a clear antecedent. Is there something more to it?


Kindly ponder whether 'it' cannot refer to the Jay, the only eligible noun according to me. If Jay is not a clear referent, what are the other ones that compete with Jay?

I still don’t take E as the answer. I am only trying to clarify the legitimacy of the pronoun reference. But the bigger problem in E is that the bird itself stored the perishable and allowed it to rot. I think that text rather means that the treat was somehow missed by the Jay and got stored longer than it should have been, an inadvertent action rather than an intentional one.

In addition between 'not to bother' and 'not bothering', I feel the infinitive is better because the Jay has a purpose not to bother, the purpose being that it is going to be futile to recover such out-stored stuff. This is just my perception
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Re: GMATPrep SC : Gerund vs inifinitive [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2011, 11:58
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A scrub jay can remember when it cached a particular piece of food in a particular place, researchers have discovered, and tend not to bother to recover a perishable treat if stored long enough to have rotted.

A. tend not to bother to recover a perishable treat if
B. they tend not to bother recovering a perishable treat
C. tending not to bother to recover a perishable treat it
D. tends not to bother recovering a perishable treat
E. tends not bothering to recover a perishable treat it


Answer: I am going with D.
subject-verb agreement - 'a scrub jay' (singular) must go with 'tends'. Hence, only D and E are possible answers.
E just sounds way too awkward and cumbersome IMO.

However, if I have to 'force it' and take E as an answer, I would think the logic is as follows:
parallelism - 'it cached...it stored...'
Also, if the sentence does not specify 'a perishable treat it stored', the treat could be one that has been stored by some other animal. Since the sentence is concerned with highlighting the scrub jay's excellent memory and its actions in relation to this ability, it would then seem necessary to specify that the treat is stored by the scrub jay itself??

Does that make sense? :roll:
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Re: A scrub jay can remember when it cached a particular piece [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2014, 10:03
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(B)they tend not to bother recovering a perishable treat
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