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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.

(A) tend not to bother to recover a perishable treat if

(B) they tend not to bother recovering a perishable treat

(C) tending not to bother to recover a perishable treat it

(D) tends not to bother recovering a perishable treat

(E) tends not bothering to recover a perishable treat it

Originally posted by ustureci on 29 Jan 2012, 04:47.
Last edited by hazelnut on 26 Sep 2017, 16:28, edited 1 time in total.
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29 Jan 2012, 06:20
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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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12 May 2015, 21:05
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A scrub jay can remember when it cached a particular piece of food in a particular place, researchers
have discovered, and tend not to bother to recover a perishable treat if stored long enough to have
rotted.

A. tend not to bother to recover a perishable treat if
B. they tend not to bother recovering a perishable treat
C. tending not to bother to recover a perishable treat it
D. tends not to bother recovering a perishable treat
E. tends not bothering to recover a perishable treat it

Pls explain whether to use 'it' or not.
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13 May 2015, 08:56
IMO D

A scrub jay can REMEMBER when it cached a particular piece of food in a particular place, researchers
have discovered, and TEND not to bother to recover a perishable treat if stored long enough to have
rotted.

Seeing the words i bolded above ..eliminate A,B and C

verbs need to be parallel here remember and tends(since jay is singukar)

From D and E

use of verb (to bother) is better than present participle(bothering).Rather if you read choice E, its nonsense

I nowhere find the use of it here...if we carry with the basics no need to check the reference it

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21 May 2015, 19:08
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D

Scrub Jay is singular. "TEND" should be "Tends"

Please give Kudos if this helps.
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25 May 2015, 13:35
I guess the answers for this questions are not typed correctly as "if" is missing in the end.
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12 Aug 2016, 22:36
D. tends not to bother recovering a perishable treat
tends is matching the singular noun and cached and not to bother are parallel forms
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13 Aug 2016, 02:19
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A scrub jay can remember when it cached a particular piece of food in a particular place, researchers
have discovered, and tend not to bother to recover a perishable treat if stored long enough to have
rotted.

A. tend not to bother to recover a perishable treat if
B. they tend not to bother recovering a perishable treat
C. tending not to bother to recover a perishable treat it
D. tends not to bother recovering a perishable treat
E. tends not bothering to recover a perishable treat it

Pls explain whether to use 'it' or not.

The sentence structure is two clauses connected with the conjunction 'AND'. From reading the sentence we can identify the subject as a scrub jay, which is singular. Now when we dissect the sentence we find that: 'a scrub jay can remember [...], and tend not to [...]'.

From this analysis we can quickly eliminate any choice that uses the verb 'tend' in the plural form. Thus, A and B are eliminated.

We are left with C, D, and E. Let's look at the choices t know what we can eliminate.

C. tending not to bother to recover a perishable treat it
'tending' is not parallel to the first clause that uses 'can remember', therefore it is eliminated.

D. tends not to bother recovering a perishable treat
Sounds about right with the proper parallelism.

E. tends not bothering to recover a perishable treat it
'bothering' is not parallel with the first clause, thus eliminate.

As for 'it', I find that the use is redundant and is not necessary to the sentence to maintain the meaning. Any redundancy should not preferred as an answer choice IMO. It would be great if others could help explain!
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21 Aug 2016, 06:37
A scrub jay can remember when it cached a particular piece of food in a particular place, researchers
have discovered, and tend not to bother to recover a perishable treat if stored long enough to have
rotted.

I didnt understand what "tend" is modifying i.e. scrub or researchers ?

Please explain
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21 Aug 2016, 13:16
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deepthit wrote:
A scrub jay can remember when it cached a particular piece of food in a particular place, researchers
have discovered, and tend not to bother to recover a perishable treat if stored long enough to have
rotted.

I didnt understand what "tend" is modifying i.e. scrub or researchers ?

Please explain

"Tend" is not a modifier at all - it is a verb, parallel with another verb "can remember" - the subject of these two parallel verbs is " scrub jay":

A scrub jay can remember and tend....
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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
positiveinteger wrote:
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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09 Mar 2017, 06:47
hsbinfy wrote:
IMO D

A scrub jay can REMEMBER when it cached a particular piece of food in a particular place, researchers
have discovered, and TEND not to bother to recover a perishable treat if stored long enough to have
rotted.

Seeing the words i bolded above ..eliminate A,B and C

verbs need to be parallel here remember and tends(since jay is singukar)

From D and E

use of verb (to bother) is better than present participle(bothering).Rather if you read choice E, its nonsense

I nowhere find the use of it here...if we carry with the basics no need to check the reference it

hope it helps

In that case shouldn't D be TEND and not TENDS?
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10 Mar 2017, 09:30
bitanrc wrote:

In that case shouldn't D be TEND and not TENDS?

A scrub Jay is singular, thus it should have Tends and not tend.

Also, if you go for the meaning of the sentence, you will find A scrub Jay is can tend is wrong. He can remember something but it can't be can tend. hence, D is correct.
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11 Mar 2017, 04:55
D is right: scrab is singular -> tends; tend to is idiomatic
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