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The list of animals that exhibits a preference of either using the right or the left hand (i.e., claw,paw or foot) has been expanded to include the lower vertebraters.

a/ the same
b/ exhibits the preference to use either the right or the left hand (i.e., claw,paw or foot) has been expanded and includes
c/ exhibit a preference in either using the right or the left hand (i.e., claw,paw or foot) has been expanded to include
d/ exhibit a preference for using either the right or the left hand (i.e., claw,paw or foot) has been expanded to include
e/ exhibit the preference as to either using the right or the left hand (i.e., claw,paw or foot) has been expanded and includes
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Re: Question from Power Prep [#permalink] New post 19 May 2012, 06:31
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To answer this question correctly one should know the rules of SV number agreement and correlative conjunction parallelism. Before that, may I know what your wrong answer was, so that you problem could be identified and fixed
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Re: Question from Power Prep [#permalink] New post 19 May 2012, 07:11
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To answer this question correctly one should know the rules of SV number agreement and correlative conjunction parallelism. Before that, may I know what your wrong answer was, so that you problem could be identified and fixed



I thought that "list" is a collective noun similar to "team" or "government". Is it not?
I choose asnwer "b".
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You are right. List is a collective noun and hence is singular and the noun goes well with its singular main verb- has been expanding. So far so good.

The prepositional object animals represented by the relative pronoun that, stands for the plural object animals and hence you should use the plural verb exhibit. Exhibit is the not the verb for the main subject list. This is the reason B is wrong.

Now you can drop A and B which use the singular verb exhibits.

Among C, D, and E, now we have to fish out for the second error of wrongful parallelism of the correlative conjunction, either -- or

In -either /or - correlative conjunction, the same structure that appears after either should appear after or also.
Only D is maintaining the correct form of parallelism as per grammar norms --either the right or the left hand
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Re: Question from Power Prep [#permalink] New post 19 May 2012, 14:03
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You are right. List is a collective noun and hence is singular and the noun goes well with its singular main verb- has been expanding. So far so good.

The prepositional object animals represented by the relative pronoun that, stands ing for the plural object animals and hence you should use the plural verb exhibit. Exhibit is the not the verb for the main subject list. This is the reason B is wrong.

Now you can drop A and B which use the singular verb exhibits.

Among C, D, and E, now we have to fish out for he second error of wrongful parallelism of the correlative conjunction, either -- or

In -either /or - correlative conjunction, the same structure that appears after either should appear after or also.
Only D is maintaining the correct form of parallelism as per grammar norms --either the right or the left hand



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Re: Question from Power Prep [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2012, 09:17
Another fast way to solve such questions is to ask WHO?

In this case animals exhibit the preference not the list of animals :)
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Re: The list of animals that exhibits a preference of either [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2012, 20:59
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The list of animals that exhibits a preference of either using the right or the left hand (i.e., claw,paw or foot) has been expanded to include the lower vertebraters.

a/ the same
b/ exhibits the preference to use either the right or the left hand (i.e., claw,paw or foot) has been expanded and includes
c/ exhibit a preference in either using the right or the left hand (i.e., claw,paw or foot) has been expanded to include
d/ exhibit a preference for using either the right or the left hand (i.e., claw,paw or foot) has been expanded to include
e/ exhibit the preference as to either using the right or the left hand (i.e., claw,paw or foot) has been expanded and includes


Another important note in the question is the placement of the essential modifier "that".
It is directly placed after animals, which is plural, and hence, it should be exhibit and not exhibits.

A and B out straight away.
E goes out for parallelism issues.

Between C and D - D is concise in saying its "either the right or the left hand"

The answer is D
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Re: The list of animals that exhibits a preference of either [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2012, 08:49
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balkan wrote:
The list of animals that exhibits a preference of either using the right or the left hand (i.e., claw,paw or foot) has been expanded to include the lower vertebraters.

a/ the same
b/ exhibits the preference to use either the right or the left hand (i.e., claw,paw or foot) has been expanded and includes
c/ exhibit a preference in either using the right or the left hand (i.e., claw,paw or foot) has been expanded to include
d/ exhibit a preference for using either the right or the left hand (i.e., claw,paw or foot) has been expanded to include
e/ exhibit the preference as to either using the right or the left hand (i.e., claw,paw or foot) has been expanded and includes


Another important note in the question is the placement of the essential modifier "that".
It is directly placed after animals, which is plural, and hence, it should be exhibit and not exhibits.

A and B out straight away.
E goes out for parallelism issues.

Between C and D - D is concise in saying its "either the right or the left hand"

The answer is D



Hi, I am confused between options C and D.
I have slightly amended the options as shown below. Now which one is better? Preference in or preference for? Many thanks for help :)

c/ exhibit a preference in using either the right or the left hand (i.e., claw,paw or foot) has been expanded to include
d/ exhibit a preference for using either the right or the left hand (i.e., claw,paw or foot) has been expanded to include
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Re: The list of animals that exhibits a preference of either [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2012, 09:29
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ankit0411 wrote:
balkan wrote:
The list of animals that exhibits a preference of either using the right or the left hand (i.e., claw,paw or foot) has been expanded to include the lower vertebraters.

a/ the same
b/ exhibits the preference to use either the right or the left hand (i.e., claw,paw or foot) has been expanded and includes
c/ exhibit a preference in either using the right or the left hand (i.e., claw,paw or foot) has been expanded to include
d/ exhibit a preference for using either the right or the left hand (i.e., claw,paw or foot) has been expanded to include
e/ exhibit the preference as to either using the right or the left hand (i.e., claw,paw or foot) has been expanded and includes


Another important note in the question is the placement of the essential modifier "that".
It is directly placed after animals, which is plural, and hence, it should be exhibit and not exhibits.

A and B out straight away.
E goes out for parallelism issues.

Between C and D - D is concise in saying its "either the right or the left hand"

The answer is D



Hi, I am confused between options C and D.
I have slightly amended the options as shown below. Now which one is better? Preference in or preference for? Many thanks for help :)

c/ exhibit a preference in using either the right or the left hand (i.e., claw,paw or foot) has been expanded to include
d/ exhibit a preference for using either the right or the left hand (i.e., claw,paw or foot) has been expanded to include


preference in and preference for - both usages are correct

An example I found on beat the gmat was - Think of "preference in" as being "preference within". You would say "the preference in the tenth grade is to take Algebra", but "tenth graders have a preference for algebra".
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Re: The list of animals that exhibits a preference of either [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2012, 10:01
Hi, I am confused between options C and D.
I have slightly amended the options as shown below. Now which one is better? Preference in or preference for? Many thanks for help :)

c/ exhibit a preference in using either the right or the left hand (i.e., claw,paw or foot) has been expanded to include
d/ exhibit a preference for using either the right or the left hand (i.e., claw,paw or foot) has been expanded to include[/quote]

preference in and preference for - both usages are correct

An example I found on beat the gmat was - Think of "preference in" as being "preference within". You would say "the preference in the tenth grade is to take Algebra", but "tenth graders have a preference for algebra".[/quote]

Understand. Thanks for the examples.
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