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# Verbal Diagnostic Test No : 6 – SC Q No: 13

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The characteristic phenomenon of mass suicide by thousands of lemmings year after year by jumping off from cliffs to great depths, explainable only by a chosen few behavioral scientists, occur after a majority of the animals is driven to migrate from friendly habitats to hostile environs

(A) explainable only by a chosen few behavioral scientists, occur after a majority of the animals is
(B) explainable by a choice few behavioral scientists, only occurs after a majority of the animals are
(C) explainable only by a choice few behavioral scientists, occurs after a majority of the animals are
(D) is explainable only by a choice few behavioral scientists, occurs after a majority of the animals are
(E) that can be explained only by a choice few behavioral scientists and it occurs after a majority of the animals are

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OA: C
OE: SV number error; by a chosen few – is wrong idiom; Choice few is correct usage
B: The placement of the modifier ‘only’ before occurs is inappropriate to the meaning of the topic
C: Correct Choice
D: A run-on
E: The first part is fragment
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The characteristic phenomenon of mass suicide by thousands of lemmings year after year by jumping off from cliffs to great depths, explainable only by a chosen few behavioral scientists, occur after a majority of the animals is driven to migrate from friendly habitats to hostile environs

(A) explainable only by a chosen few behavioral scientists, occur after a majority of the animals is
Should be occurs as we are talking about a phenomenon
(B) explainable by a choice few behavioral scientists, only occurs after a majority of the animals are
only is wrong here, there may be other reasons
(C) explainable only by a choice few behavioral scientists, occurs after a majority of the animals are
Correct
(D) is explainable only by a choice few behavioral scientists, occurs after a majority of the animals are
and should be in place of comma
(E) that can be explained only by a choice few behavioral scientists and it occurs after a majority of the animals are
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12 Mar 2014, 10:22
I was confused between B and C. I picked B over C.

In such cases, how do we know which option carries the right meaning?
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12 Mar 2014, 21:28
gmatter0913 : The word "only" was present in the original sentence (i.e question), so one should try not to omit any of the original words.
Also you may have noticed a phrase "choice few behavioral scientists" that demands the presence of word "only"

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12 Mar 2014, 23:37
What is 'choice few behavioural scientists'?I've come across this kind of usage for the first time.
Shouldn't it be 'chosen few' as in the original sentence?
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18 Sep 2014, 12:33
choice few ?? Are sure there is no typo there, because it completely threw me off.
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19 Sep 2014, 00:47
Yes, Couldn't understand "choice few behavioural scientists" .May be its a Native speaker thing ! can somebody please explain ?
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19 Sep 2014, 10:48
a majority of the animals is driven to migrate from friendly habitats to hostile environs

isn't the verb referring to the noun a majority of animals and not animals?
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