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When an incumbent queen ant in a termite colony dies, many potentially females would lie in anxious wait, ready to occupy the coveted post


(A). When an incumbent queen ant in a termite colony dies, many potentially females would lie in anxious wait,

(B). When an incumbent queen ant in a termite colony dies, each of the many potential females, lying in anxious wait, are

(C). When an incumbent queen ant in a termite colony dies, many potential females, which each lies in anxious wait, is

(D) When an incumbent queen ant in a termite colony dies, many potential females, each of which lies in anxious wait, is

(E). When an incumbent queen ant in a termite colony dies, many potential females lie in anxious wait,
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Re: Subject verb [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2010, 07:15
IMO E

A). When an incumbent queen ant in a termite colony dies, many potentially females would lie in anxious wait,
would lie is wrong here. First part of sentence is present tense so maintain it
(B). When an incumbent queen ant in a termite colony dies, each of the many potential females, lying in anxious wait, are

(C). When an incumbent queen ant in a termite colony dies, many potential females, which each lies in anxious wait, is
Which each usage is ambiguous
(D) When an incumbent queen ant in a termite colony dies, many potential females, each of which lies in anxious wait,
comma after potential females doesn't sound correct
(E). When an incumbent queen ant in a termite colony dies, many potential females lie in anxious wait,correct
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Re: Subject verb [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2010, 07:27
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When an incumbent queen ant in a termite colony dies, many potentially females would lie in anxious wait, ready to occupy the coveted post


(A). When an incumbent queen ant in a termite colony dies, many potentially females would lie in anxious wait,

(B). When an incumbent queen ant in a termite colony dies, each of the many potential females, lying in anxious wait, are

(C). When an incumbent queen ant in a termite colony dies, many potential females, which each lies in anxious wait, is

(D) When an incumbent queen ant in a termite colony dies, many potential females, each of which lies in anxious wait, is

(E). When an incumbent queen ant in a termite colony dies, many potential females lie in anxious wait,

Another good one daagh. You get +1 for it.
I pick E as the correct answer.
A- Simply wrong. "potentially females", "would lie in anxious wait"
B- Incoorect: Wrong use of subgroup modifier "each of the many" when it should be either "each of which+verb", "each of them" or "each". Secondly, there is a disareement between subject and verb. When a subject is preceded by the word "each" we always use a singular verb.
C- Incorrect: Disagreement between the subject "females" and the verb "is" when it should be "are". Moreover, this sentence plainly sounds awkward and is more wordier than others.
D- Incorrect: Disagreement between the subject and the verb. Should be "are" as "each2 follows the subject in this case.
E: Best Answer.
Let me know if I am right.
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Re: Subject verb [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2010, 04:25
daag, can you edit your original post and publish OA there. It will be helpful for future readers
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Re: Subject verb [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2010, 05:31
I went for E too :)
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