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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

Originally posted by qhoc0010 on 18 Feb 2005, 11:26.
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New post 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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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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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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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.

Originally posted by mikeCoolBoy on 30 Dec 2009, 15:46.
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Seekmba,

Let me try to explain:

First removing the middleman:
A scrub jay can remember and tends not bothering to recover a perishable treat it stored long enough to have rotted.

bothering to recover - awkward usage
In E, IT is redundant, if referring to SCRUB JAY. Moreover, IT can refer to TREAT, RESEARCHERS, SCRUB JAY. Even if you check the original sentence, there also we dont have IT.

gotmba,
Now, about the TEND and TENDS:
CAN REMEMBER - compound verb modifying WHEN IT....an action in the past.
TENDS - This is correct because singular SCRUB JAY. CAN is used to descibe the potential of SCRUB JAY that it remembers the past event. All this is discovered by the RESEARCHERS, else why we have , researchers have discovered, in the original senetence.

As per your question, TEND will occur if there is a need for parallelism. Here, we dont have this. Just confirm: ....can remember....and [can] tend not....This is awkward style.

Moreover, the explainatory particle RECOVERING is better usage than BOTHER TO.
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Hey All,

Just wanted to throw in one brief bit of info on a question that no one answered quite right. Unlike the OG, I don't like to leave any issue up to "awkward construction" if I can help it.

D. tends not to bother recovering a perishable treat
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E. tends not bothering to recover a perishable treat it
PROBLEM: the reason why "tends not bothering to" is incorrect is that many verbs require the use of the infinitive directly after them. For example, "I like to run" "I wouldn't care to go there" etc. This is one of those verbs (i.e. "I tend to eat four times a day" or "I tend not to eat four times a day"). We need the "to bother" to come right after tend.

Hope that helps!

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Oops. Just wanted to add that "not" can go in-between as well (and as is required here).

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mikeCoolBoy wrote:

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.


Can you help me locate the split infinitive in E. I only see 'to recover' in E (which is obviously not a slit infinitive).
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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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Scrub Jay is singular. "TEND" should be "Tends"

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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

We have two parallel things:
scrub Jay
1) can remember when it cached a particular piece of food in a particular place
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2) tend not to bother to recover a perishable treat

So we require a singular verb here because we have "when it ".


(A)tend not to bother to recover a perishable treat if
Two issues:
1) We require a singular verb
2) if cannot be used for options. it is a conditional statement marker. We need to use weather.


(B)they tend not to bother recovering a perishable treat
1) We don't have to repeat the subject.
2) Singular verb

(C)tending not to bother to recover a perishable treat it
1) "tending" can never be a verb. We need to have an auxiliary verb to support "verb+ing". For example was/were/is etc.
2) We don't have to repeat the subject "it".


(D)tends not to bother recovering a perishable treat
Correct option

(E)tends not bothering to recover a perishable treat it
1) "Tends to bother" is the correct usage.
We need a purpose for tending hence infinitive.
2) we don't have to repeat "it"

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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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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 ?

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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.

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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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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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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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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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".
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