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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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A for me.

B "in the fact of" is undiomatic.
C Laid is incorrect and "in the fact of" is undiomatic.
D Laid is incorrect and "proposal" changes the meaning.
E Changes the meaning.
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19 Aug 2006, 09:20
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Going with A also....

same observations as agsfaltex....
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19 Aug 2006, 21:25
Between D and E, I choose E.

A,B and C are wordly. D is using wrong "laid".
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20 Aug 2006, 10:16
A. lay in the fact that he proposed the idea

Nothing wrong with it...

Darwin was ...; ... proposed...
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20 Aug 2006, 10:18
The OA is (E)

I cannot understand why it's not "lays" ? Is Orignality a plural noun?
I took (D) for this reason.

Could somebody explain me it pls?
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E is certainly correct over D because truth is always expressed in present tense.

However, I dont know why it is lay and not lays
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20 Aug 2006, 13:48
Fig wrote:
The OA is (E)

I cannot understand why it's not "lays" ? Is Orignality a plural noun?
I took (D) for this reason.

Could somebody explain me it pls?

"originality" is plural.
See this:
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/originality
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21 Aug 2006, 00:00
Ok, now it makes sense... Thanks ps_dahiya
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21 Aug 2006, 00:23
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Another explanation:
The verb being used is lie, not lay. Lay is the 2nd form of the verb lie.
Normally we say...explanation lies in the fact that....
In the same way...we should use lie here. But bcoz the sentence is using simple past tense..we will use the 2nd form of the verb lie. i.e. lay....
This is the reason why we are not seeing "lays" in the sentence.

Well, on dictionary.com, I dont see "originality" defined as plural. Plz correct if wrong.
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21 Aug 2006, 02:16
ps_dahiya wrote:
Fig wrote:
The OA is (E)

I cannot understand why it's not "lays" ? Is Orignality a plural noun?
I took (D) for this reason.

Could somebody explain me it pls?

"originality" is plural.
See this:
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/originality

Why did you choose lay over laid....? I was between D and E but chose D...
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21 Aug 2006, 02:48
Lay is the right usage.

A is more wordy and so picked E. Late BUT E.
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21 Aug 2006, 06:34
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ps_dahiya wrote:
Fig wrote:
The OA is (E)

I cannot understand why it's not "lays" ? Is Orignality a plural noun?
I took (D) for this reason.

Could somebody explain me it pls?

"originality" is plural.
See this:
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/originality

Why did you choose lay over laid....? I was between D and E but chose D...

Please ignore my post that says originality is plural.
The correct usage is the one pointed out by terrific. May be by chance I selected teh right answer
But not next time. Here are the usage notes from

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/lay

Usage Note: Lay (â€œto put, place, or prepareâ€
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21 Aug 2006, 07:09
Thanks both of u !

Hard time for me here, I have to uncrypte the differences between lay and lie . Even by reading 3 times the replies, they remain confused ... I will try to rephrase a definition in words that i can "digest"

Well, the positive thing is that I prefer singular to plural for orignality It sounds like in French perhaps :p
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05 Feb 2008, 05:31
Fig wrote:
Thanks both of u !

Hard time for me here, I have to uncrypte the differences between lay and lie . Even by reading 3 times the replies, they remain confused ... I will try to rephrase a definition in words that i can "digest"

Well, the positive thing is that I prefer singular to plural for orignality It sounds like in French perhaps :p

Why OA is not D? originality is singular. moreover we have to choose a past tense.
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