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A scarcity of salt can threaten the very life of a community, a fact that may explain the decline of several Maya cities.

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b) is able to threaten the very life.

c) can be very threatening for the life.

d) may threaten some of the very lives.

e) can threaten some of the very lives.





What's the difference between a and e? why isn't e the answer?

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New post 12 Feb 2012, 19:26
+1 for A.

Collective noun (community) is treated as singular. Hence all choices with lives are incorrect.

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New post 13 Feb 2012, 13:39
but i feel there is an error in all the options .The use of can is wrong in the above sentence .Can is generally used to denote ability .ex .I can walk . The use of may is more appropriate .This i remember reading long long back :) nostalgia :D
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saikarthikreddy wrote:
but i feel there is an error in all the options .The use of can is wrong in the above sentence .Can is generally used to denote ability .ex .I can walk . The use of may is more appropriate .This i remember reading long long back :) nostalgia :D


Here we are referring to the ability of "scarcity of salt" to be a "threat to life".

eg Smoking can cause lung Cancer.

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New post 13 Feb 2012, 23:27
in choice E, lives = not Noun, the correct noun is alive, but this word is not the intended meaning of the author.
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The correct answer is A. As " Community" is singular it should be life of community not lives of community.
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New post 14 Feb 2012, 02:41
live not lives is required..
also threatning some of the lives is not what the actual sentence intend to convey.
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