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Darwin was not the first to advance a theory of evolution; [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2008, 00:37
233. 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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Re: Darwin [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2008, 01:49
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233. 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


I would go for (D), "Laid" simple past tense, laid in his proposal is more concise
what is the OA???
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Re: Darwin [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2008, 05:31
IMO E
A,B, C are wordy. Between D and E, E is right because lay here is past tense of lie (to recline or be located). Laid in D is past tense of lay, which means to put. Laid also needs an object.
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233. 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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Re: Darwin [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2008, 21:34
OA is E, lay is past tense of lie.
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Re: Darwin [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2008, 01:34
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Re: Darwin [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2008, 05:46
Correct..lay is past tense of lie.. OA is E. Thanku.
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IMO E
A,B, C are wordy. Between D and E, E is right because lay here is past tense of lie (to recline or be located). Laid in D is past tense of lay, which means to put. Laid also needs an object.
lgon wrote:
233. 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
Re: Darwin   [#permalink] 15 Dec 2008, 05:46
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