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# A scrub jay can remember when it cached a particular place, researcher

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06 Feb 2017, 02:14
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TheRzS wrote:
Hi sayantanc2k

The answer is obvious D. However, I have a question.

In D: "..., and tends not to bother recovering a perishable treat if stored long enough to have rotted"

From what I understand, "..., and" is an indicator to start an IC, since and is a FANBOY conjunction.
If that is the case, isn't the second IC missing a subject? And the correct construction would be the following?

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

OR

Researchers have discovered that a scrub jay can remember when it cached a particular piece of food in a particular place and tends not to bother recovering a perishable treat if stored long enough to have rotted - [can remember || tends not to bother]

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The comma before "and" in the right option is not the same comma you would see before a conjunction when two independent clauses are joined. Note the part "researchers have discovered", which must be separated by two commas (one at the beginning and one at the end), since this is not an essential part of the main clause. The comma before "and" is the one that separates ( indicating the end of) the non-essential part "researchers have discovered".

Thanks sayantanc2k.
From this what I gather is following is an acceptable construction,
<IC>, <non-essential modifier>, and <continuation of same IC>

Cheers (and sorry to pester)
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06 Feb 2017, 03:39
TheRzS wrote:
sayantanc2k wrote:
TheRzS wrote:
Hi sayantanc2k

The answer is obvious D. However, I have a question.

In D: "..., and tends not to bother recovering a perishable treat if stored long enough to have rotted"

From what I understand, "..., and" is an indicator to start an IC, since and is a FANBOY conjunction.
If that is the case, isn't the second IC missing a subject? And the correct construction would be the following?

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

OR

Researchers have discovered that a scrub jay can remember when it cached a particular piece of food in a particular place and tends not to bother recovering a perishable treat if stored long enough to have rotted - [can remember || tends not to bother]

Best
RzS

The comma before "and" in the right option is not the same comma you would see before a conjunction when two independent clauses are joined. Note the part "researchers have discovered", which must be separated by two commas (one at the beginning and one at the end), since this is not an essential part of the main clause. The comma before "and" is the one that separates ( indicating the end of) the non-essential part "researchers have discovered".

Thanks sayantanc2k.
From this what I gather is following is an acceptable construction,
<IC>, <non-essential modifier>, and <continuation of same IC>

Cheers (and sorry to pester)

Yes, your understanding is correct.
(Please feel free to ask, as long as you are not absolutely clear about a concept.)
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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
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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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25 Jun 2018, 07:57
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 --> singular subject "A scrub jay" should use singular verb "tends"

(B) they tend not to bother recovering a perishable treat --> they is referred to wrong noun the researchers

(C) tending not to bother to recover a perishable treat it --> should be verb "tends", not modifier "tending"

(D) tends not to bother recovering a perishable treat --> correct

(E) tends not bothering to recover a perishable treat it --> redundant use of it
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26 Jun 2018, 00:54
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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

Imo D

The phrase "researchers have discovered " is a modifier that modifies "A scrub jay can remember when it cached a particular place".
So we have two verbs connected by and. " can remember " and "tends". Drop A, B, and C .
Out of D and E , D uses correct infinitive "to " for the causality.
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22 Jan 2019, 08:14
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Isn't E run on because there are 2 verbs tends and stored without any conjuction or comma
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stored is not a verb; it is a past participle. Please revise your preparation for finding out the difference between ed -verbs
and ed-participles. Without that knowledge, you cannot in the least solve fragments, run-ons, modifications, parallelism, comparison, and verb tense questions.

Imagine how helpful it will be to hit so many mangoes in one stone and how miserable it will be if one cannot eliminate errors based on the above major themes.
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03 Feb 2019, 04:11
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teaser

stored is not a verb; it is a past participle. Please revise your preparation for finding out the difference between ed -verbs
and ed-participles. Without that knowledge, you cannot in the least solve fragments, run-ons, modifications, parallelism, comparison, and verb tense questions.

Imagine how helpful it will be to hit so many mangoes in one stone and how miserable it will be if one cannot eliminate errors based on the above major themes.

daagh
In option E
it stored....
isn't it doer of the action stored and so stored is verb not verbed modifier.
Can you please clarify what did I miss ?
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Please sharpen your eyes. It is not " it stored" -- It is " if stored"
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03 Feb 2019, 07:50
daagh as mentioned in the option E it is it not if
If the question is wrong I don't know then

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teaser,

If you want to dissect option E, it is already dead on the first glance that ' not bothering to' is a wrong idiom. I think we need to go no more than that.

However, if you consider further, E is actually

--Tends not bothering to recover a perishable treat (that) it stored long enough to have rotted----. The dropped relative pronoun 'that" is understood since it is ok to drop the 'that', if it comes before a noun or pronoun.

For example,
I realize apples are good for health -- This consists of two clauses namely 1) I realize and 2) apples are good for health, but not connected by any conjunctions, or semicolon or period. Yet the expanded sentence is - I realize that apples are good for health. The 'that' is understood. This is a correct sentence

Nevertheless, we cannot drop 'that, if there is going to a verb after the 'that'. In a clause that goes as --- I understand that is very good for health -- we cannot drop the 'that' since that will become a subjectless fragment.

Thus, we can see where E is wrong and where it is passable.
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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.

What is the role of the highlighted part ?
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1. It is a modifier, that too, an inessential modifier because it is contained in a parenthesis.
2. You can remove the prenthesis easily, However, you cannot remove any other portion as easily.
3. it doesn't attract any attention in the topic because it is not underlined.
Is there any specific and interesting point about the role this dispensible clause plays in the context?
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30 Sep 2019, 19:18
daagh Thank you so much for the Explanation. Although it is not underlined but wanted to make sure that it is a modifier. My question was

1) Can a modifier be a Independent Full sentence with subject and verb ?
2)researchers have discovered does not this part contain Both S+V but still it acts as a modifier

Please correct me.
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