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# According to entomologists, single locusts are quiet

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According to entomologists, single locusts are quiet creatures, but when locusts are
placed with others of their species
, they become excited, change color, vibrate, and even
hum.

A. when locusts are placed with others of their species,

B. when placing them with others of their species, then

C. locusts, when placed with others of their species,

D. placing them with others of their species,

E. placed with others of their species, then
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14 Dec 2006, 18:49
mm007 wrote:
I am for D....

does "them" has a clear antecedent?

I think its A

partciple "placing" refers to the subject enABCD....
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14 Dec 2006, 22:15
A stands

A. when locusts are placed with others of their species,

B. when placing them with others of their species, then

C. locusts, when placed with others of their species,

D. placing them with others of their species,

E. placed with others of their species, then
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17 Dec 2006, 17:14
A for me
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According to entomologists, single locusts are quiet creatures, but when locusts are
placed with others of their species, they become excited, change color, vibrate, and even
hum.

A. when locusts are placed with others of their species,

B. when placing them with others of their species, then

C. locusts, when placed with others of their species,

D. placing them with others of their species,

E. placed with others of their species, then

B-"placing" is the wrong verb tense.
C-illogical structure when using a restrictive clause in "when placed with others of their species". b/c if you remove the RC, sentence says "Locusts..they"
D-"placing" wrong
E-need "when" with placed.

Also think that B,C,D,E have referent problems with "their" and "them"
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19 Dec 2006, 22:38
I am going with A
In B and D....THEY could refer to the entomologists
C and E sound very awkward

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According to entomologists, single locusts are quiet creatures, but when locusts are
placed with others of their species
, they become excited, change color, vibrate, and even
hum.

A. when locusts are placed with others of their species,

B. when placing them with others of their species, then

C. locusts, when placed with others of their species,

D. placing them with others of their species,

E. placed with others of their species, then
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20 Dec 2006, 08:12
A all the way
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20 Dec 2006, 17:35
POE --> A
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21 Dec 2006, 19:47
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21 Dec 2006, 21:13
I like SC and CR.
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28 Jul 2010, 02:57
tennis_ball wrote:
Surely A. E's they are without a reference.

There is no such "they" in E.
Whats wrong so?
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28 Jul 2010, 04:47
Four years later...OA is A.
More thoughts?
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28 Jul 2010, 22:43
isnt the use of 'locusts' in A redundant?
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07 Oct 2010, 18:10
Hi all.

Could you please tell me if I am correctly recognizing the wrong choices ?

According to entomologists, single locusts are quiet creatures, but when locusts are
placed with others of their species,
they become excited, change color, vibrate, and even
hum.

A. when locusts are placed with others of their species,

B. when placing them with others of their species, then
them can refer to entomologists, locusts, creatures.

C. locusts, when placed with others of their species,
really don't know what is wrong with it, just sounds weird to have locusts,.... ,they in sequence

D. placing them with others of their species,
same as B.)

E. placed with others of their species, then

really don't know exactly what is wrong with it, but "placed" is not in the same tense as "are". Am correct ?

So I chose A).

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23 Nov 2010, 12:09
+1 A

The rest of options are not clear. They could refer to the entomologists or the locusts.
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According to entomologists, single locusts are quiet creatures, but when locusts are
placed with others of their species, they become excited, change color, vibrate, and even
hum.

A. when locusts are placed with others of their species,

B. when placing them with others of their species, then

C. locusts, when placed with others of their species,

D. placing them with others of their species,

E. placed with others of their species, then (Out , because of pronoun ambiguity (placed modifying quite creatures or locusts) .As per proximity rule it modifies quite creatures.However,it should logically modify locusts)

Furthermore, Why not (C) ???????????????? Its clear and concise
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According to entomologists, single locusts are quiet creatures, but when locusts are
placed with others of their species, they become excited, change color, vibrate, and even
hum.

A. when locusts are placed with others of their species,

B. when placing them with others of their species, then

C. locusts, when placed with others of their species,

D. placing them with others of their species,

E. placed with others of their species, then (Out , because of pronoun ambiguity (placed modifying quite creatures or locusts) .As per proximity rule it modifies quite creatures.However,it should logically modify locusts)

Furthermore, Why not (C) ???????????????? Its clear and concise

On the contrary, C is inconcise because of the subject + , modifier, + pronoun construction:

According to entomologists, single locusts are quiet creatures, but when locusts, when placed with others of their species, they become excited, change color, vibrate, and even hum.

The modifier in red modifies the subject (locusts). So, when you omit this additional information the sentence becomes:
"... locusts, they become excited, change color, vibrate, and even hum."

As you can see, "they" is unnecessary.
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targetgmatchotu wrote:
According to entomologists, single locusts are quiet creatures, but when locusts are
placed with others of their species, they become excited, change color, vibrate, and even
hum.

A. when locusts are placed with others of their species,

B. when placing them with others of their species, then

C. locusts, when placed with others of their species,

D. placing them with others of their species,

E. placed with others of their species, then (Out , because of pronoun ambiguity (placed modifying quite creatures or locusts) .As per proximity rule it modifies quite creatures.However,it should logically modify locusts)

Furthermore, Why not (C) ???????????????? Its clear and concise

On the contrary, C is inconcise because of the subject + , modifier, + pronoun construction:

According to entomologists, single locusts are quiet creatures, but when locusts, when placed with others of their species, they become excited, change color, vibrate, and even hum.

The modifier in red modifies the subject (locusts). So, when you omit this additional information the sentence becomes:
"... locusts, they become excited, change color, vibrate, and even hum."

As you can see, "they" is unnecessary.

Thanks a lot for your explanation.

So the takeaway from this must be that the sentence should make sense without non-essential modifier.

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stoy4o wrote:
targetgmatchotu wrote:
According to entomologists, single locusts are quiet creatures, but when locusts are
placed with others of their species, they become excited, change color, vibrate, and even
hum.

A. when locusts are placed with others of their species,

B. when placing them with others of their species, then

C. locusts, when placed with others of their species,

D. placing them with others of their species,

E. placed with others of their species, then (Out , because of pronoun ambiguity (placed modifying quite creatures or locusts) .As per proximity rule it modifies quite creatures.However,it should logically modify locusts)

Furthermore, Why not (C) ???????????????? Its clear and concise

On the contrary, C is inconcise because of the subject + , modifier, + pronoun construction:

According to entomologists, single locusts are quiet creatures, but when locusts, when placed with others of their species, they become excited, change color, vibrate, and even hum.

The modifier in red modifies the subject (locusts). So, when you omit this additional information the sentence becomes:
"... locusts, they become excited, change color, vibrate, and even hum."

As you can see, "they" is unnecessary.

Thanks a lot for your explanation.

So the takeaway from this must be that the sentence should make sense without non-essential modifier.

Rgds,
Thanks

You're welcome. So, the takeaway is that in general, words or phrases delimited by commas are considered noise. That is they just give additional information, without which the meaning/focus of the sentence does not change. Certainly, there are exceptions as with lists but in this example, choice C is incorrect because of subject verb pair issue. "Locusts" is the subject of the clause, which needs a verb but having "they" (the object of "Locusts" - also needs a verb) in C, takes away the verb intended for the subject of the clause. So, the second takeaway is that each clause in a sentence needs to have a verb for every subject/object encountered in the sentence.
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ttanvir wrote:
According to entomologists, single locusts are quiet creatures, but when locusts are
placed with others of their species
, they become excited, change color, vibrate, and even
hum.

A. when locusts are placed with others of their species,

B. when placing them with others of their species, then

C. locusts, when placed with others of their species,

D. placing them with others of their species,

E. placed with others of their species, then

A. when locusts are placed with others of their species, correct choice. but preceded by ',' is followed by complete sentence

B. when placing them with others of their species, then. Finding by scientists is a fact and -ing is not required for stating a fact. Also, 'then' is not required; instead it is understood.

C. locusts, when placed with others of their species, they become excited.. does not make sense

D. placing them with others of their species, them refers to what?

E. placed with others of their species, then fragment sentence preceded only with ','
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