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# Darwin was not the first to advance a theory of evolution;

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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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13 Jun 2006, 19:40
'A' - seems fine to me..
originality tied to the idea of natural selection..

'B' - 'fact of' is not idiomatic.

'C' - same as 'B'

'D' - misplaced modifier and usage of laid not appropriate for records

'E' - misplaced modifier
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13 Jun 2006, 19:44
E it is.

"in the fact" seems too wordy.

Out of D and E, E seems better because "his tremendous originality" still existing.... so we need "lay" instead of "laid"....
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13 Jun 2006, 19:51
Confused between A and E. Originality was that he proposed or originality was in his proposal.
The former seems right to me that is the proposal was original. Hence will go with E.
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13 Jun 2006, 20:01
Mee too was running between 'A' & 'E'

But don't you think 'E' talks about the originality in the proposal or the document made on natural selection. It seems it talks about the way the proposal is documented and presented on natural selection.

I feel the originality was found in the fact that he was the first to propose that idea among those who had already proposed severl such theories..

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13 Jun 2006, 20:16
Picking E.
A ------> seems okie but ' in the fact ' looks too wordy compared to E.
B ------> same problem as A of being too wordy.
C,D----> Out because we need a simple present ' lay '.
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14 Jun 2006, 00:59
OA is E.
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14 Jun 2006, 01:16
Can you please share with us the official explanation.

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14 Jun 2006, 05:09
Me too confused between A & E. As everyone else stated, E is concise and A is wordy could be the explanation.

What's the source Nandan?
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14 Jun 2006, 05:58
I was actually between D and E.
The originality was idea that he proposed, hence proposal expresses that in less words.
Between D and E I guess lay is preferred as the originality is still there today.
Didn't the OA come too quick??
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14 Jun 2006, 07:40
proposal of~ is idiomatic.

(E) is the most concise.
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