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# A scrub jay can remember when it cached a particular piece

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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
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19 Feb 2005, 03:11
agree with (D).

We can refute (A) and (B) for Plural verb (tend) and plural Pronoun (they)
(C) lacks linking verb for conjunction "and"

(E) A scrub jay ... tends not bothering to recover a perishable treat it stored long enough to have rotted.

Perhaps infinitive form is better. (not convincing answer)

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19 Feb 2005, 21:18
OA is (D)
But what is wrong with (E)

not to bother recovering v.s. not bothering to recover
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19 Feb 2005, 22:28
I see
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20 Feb 2005, 09:03
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can u tell us the source of this problem?. Doesn't look like a typical GMAT problem
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21 Feb 2005, 11:53
D

Yes ghoc your questions are different from the regular ones encountered. I really have to struggle with your questions. Would love to know the source
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21 Feb 2005, 13:13
This problem is from Master the GMAT 2005. The new software is better than previous one.
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21 Feb 2005, 14:06
My answer is D....A scrub jay (the subject) is singular and must agree with the verb with "tends" leaving D and E. And I am still studying my grammar rules so I can't give you a reason as to why D is a better choice than E other that "A scrub jay tends not to bother recovering" vs. "A scrub jay tends not bothering to recover" sounds better...but give me times and soon I'll have explanations for these things
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21 Feb 2005, 15:05
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late on this ....but D it is...

qhoc, the reason D and not E is that if you read the last piece of the sentence that is not underline, its say

recover a perishable treat if stored long enough to have rotted. pay close attention to the bold piece, that dictates the tense and prallelism of the underlined piece, it has to be to bother in order for it to be parallel....
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27 Jun 2009, 06:33
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

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For this question, how can you tell if we should use tend or tends? I know "A scrub jay" is singular, but the first verb is "can remember", doesn't it imply that the next verb would be "<can> tend not to"? Just like "He can swim and jump" but not "He can swim and jumps"... thoughts?
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27 Jun 2009, 07:20

As mentioned in my original post, could you please explain why we use "tends" but not "tend" here? Thanks!
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27 Jun 2009, 07:34
Using "tend" instead of "tends" would simply be incorrect because, as you mention in your first post, "A scrub jay" is singular.

If I understand the second part of your question correctly, "can" just doesn't fit into the second part of the sentence. Also, it would slightly change the meaning of the sentence; instead of meaning that they usually don't retrieve food stored enough for long, it would mean that they "might not" retrieve food that is stored for long.
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GMATPrep SC : Gerund vs inifinitive [#permalink]

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29 Dec 2009, 06:07
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

Cant seem to pick between D and E

Can someone pls provide a detailed explanation

My only take on it is 'it' in E lacks a clear antecedent. Is there something more to it?
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29 Dec 2009, 11:45
zaarathelab 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.

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

Cant seem to pick between D and E

Can someone pls provide a detailed explanation

My only take on it is 'it' in E lacks a clear antecedent. Is there something more to it?

Let me ask one question. Is this non underlined part correct? I am thinking this is a run-on sentence. In the sentence, there are two independent clauses (1)A scrub jay can remember ... and (2) researchers have discovered

So this is a run on sentence. second clause (researchers have discovered) can't be a modifier unless it is absolute phrase but looks like it is not ...

can anyone throw more light on it? ( I am generous at giving kudos so you can count for one).
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Re: GMATPrep SC : Gerund vs inifinitive [#permalink]

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Is this really a GMATPrep SC, could you please post the screen shot?

I've checked the definition of comma slice and run-on and for a sentence to be a run-on it has to connect two INDEPENDENT clauses. An independent clause contains a subject and a verb and has to express a thought. In other words, it can stand alone as a sentence. So according to that definition Researchers have discovered would not be an independent clause and the sentence would not be a run-on.

On the other hand, I believe GMAT always uses dependent markers to join an independent clause and a dependent one, so please post the screen shot of this problem from GMATPrep so that we can check whether this construction is acceptable on the GMAT.

Regarding your questions about how to pick between D and E. Tend is used with to + infinitive, so if you want to negate the infinitive you gotta use not to + infinitive

I believe that E suffers split infinitive problem. You're not allowed to separate "to" from the infinitive. For instance you cannot insert adverbs between the verb and "to". In this case you're putting bothering between. I believe it is not idiomatic.

Did you copy option E right? because "it" just does not make any sense. Perhaps it was if.

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30 Dec 2009, 16:21
thanks mike for the nice explanation.

+1 for ya.
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31 Dec 2009, 05:40
ugimba wrote:
thanks mike for the nice explanation.

+1 for ya.

I edited my post regarding the run-on issue, let me know what you think. I'll try to find an official problem with the same structure to draw some conclusions.
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31 Dec 2009, 13:56
mikeCoolBoy wrote:
ugimba wrote:
thanks mike for the nice explanation.

+1 for ya.

I edited my post regarding the run-on issue, let me know what you think. I'll try to find an official problem with the same structure to draw some conclusions.

mike,
I think you are correct. eventhough the second clause looks independent, it doesn't make any sense by on its own, so probably this clause can be cansidered dependent. I haven't come across clauses like these, so this is a good example.

Thanks again.
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01 Jan 2010, 13:24
I would choose D.

What is the OA?
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02 Jan 2010, 17:25
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The question has been correctly copied

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