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A scrub jay can remember when it cached a particular place, researchers have discovered,and tend not to bother to recover a perishable treat if stored long enough to have rotted.

i-tend not to bother to recover a perishable treat if
ii-they tend not to bother recovering a perishable treat
iii-tending not to bother to recover a perishable treat it
iv-tends not to bother recovering a persihable treat
v-tends not bothering to recover a perishable treat it

can anyone also explain what it means, please?
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A scrub jay can remember when it cached a particular place, researchers have discovered,and tend not to bother to recover a perishable treat if stored long enough to have rotted.

i-tend not to bother to recover a perishable treat if
ii-they tend not to bother recovering a perishable treat
iii-tending not to bother to recover a perishable treat it
iv-tends not to bother recovering a persihable treat
v-tends not bothering to recover a perishable treat it

The subject verb agreement is tested here .The scrub is singular and hence it should be tends (singular) and not tend.
Only iv and v satisfy this condition.Option iv is idiomatically better .
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02 Sep 2016, 07:40
ustureci wrote:

A scrub jay can remember when it cached a particular place, researchers have discovered,and tend not to bother to recover a perishable treat if stored long enough to have rotted.

i-tend not to bother to recover a perishable treat if
ii-they tend not to bother recovering a perishable treat
iii-tending not to bother to recover a perishable treat it
iv-tends not to bother recovering a persihable treat
v-tends not bothering to recover a perishable treat it

in D and E has "stored" the same rule?
I think that is a noun modifier in D "treat stored...", but in E is a verb instead.
Can anyone confirm ?
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02 Sep 2016, 09:02
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ustureci wrote:

A scrub jay can remember when it cached a particular place, researchers have discovered,and tend not to bother to recover a perishable treat if stored long enough to have rotted.

i-tend not to bother to recover a perishable treat if
ii-they tend not to bother recovering a perishable treat
iii-tending not to bother to recover a perishable treat it
iv-tends not to bother recovering a persihable treat
v-tends not bothering to recover a perishable treat it

in D and E has "stored" the same rule?
I think that is a noun modifier in D "treat stored...", but in E is a verb instead.
Can anyone confirm ?

Yes, in D "stored" is a past participle, modifying the noun "treat". As for option E, unless the structure is corrected, it cannot be confirmed whether "stored" is a participle or a verb.

Stored long enough to have rotted, the perishable treat is not recovered by scrub jay. (participle modifier)
If it is stored long enough to have rotted, the perishable treat is not recovered by scrub jay. (verb)
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