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Birds known as honeyguides exhibit a unique pattern of behavior: the b

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Birds known as honeyguides exhibit a unique pattern of behavior: the bird leads another animal, such as a honey-badger or human, to a bees’ nest with their chattering when they fly ahead; after the larger animal takes honey, the bird eats the wasp and bee larvae.

A. with their chattering when they fly
B. with chattering and its flying
C. by chattering as it flies
D. by chattering and its flying
E. by chattering as they are flying

Originally posted by aurobindo on 18 Jan 2007, 07:13.
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Parallel construction. leads, flies,takes, and eats.
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Birds known as honeyguides exhibit a unique pattern of behavior: the bird leads another animal, such as a honey-badger or human, to a bees’ nest with their chattering when they fly ahead; after the larger animal takes honey, the bird eats the was and bee larvae.
A. with their chattering when they fly - required by
B. with chattering and its flying - required by
C. by chattering as it flies correct
D. by chattering and its flying - changes the meaning
E. by chattering as they are flying
- no they should be it - refers to bird
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Birds known as honeyguides exhibit a unique pattern of behavior: the bird leads another animal, such as a honey-badger or human, to a bees’ nest with their chattering when they fly ahead; after the larger animal takes honey, the bird eats the was and bee larvae.
A. with their chattering when they fly
B. with chattering and its flying
C. by chattering as it flies
D. by chattering and its flying
E. by chattering as they are flying


"the bird" requires a singular pronoun => A ("when they fly") and E ("as they are flying") are out.

B, D: "the bird leads... to a bees´nest with chattering and its flying ahead" and "the bird leads... to a bees´nest by chattering and its flying ahead" sound awkward.

C: "the bird leads... to a bees´nest by chattering as it flies ahead" is grammatical and the most concise, and keeps the meaning.

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Birds known as honeyguides exhibit a unique pattern of behavior: the bird leads another animal, such as a honey-badger or human, to a bees’ nest with their chattering when they fly ahead; after the larger animal takes honey, the bird eats the was and bee larvae.
A. with their chattering when they fly
'With' modifies nest
B. with chattering and its flying
Same as (A)
C. by chattering as it flies
During its flight, the bird does lead another animal. So, proper use of as
D. by chattering and its flying
Its flying remains incomplete
E. by chattering as they are flying
They is not proper referent for singular bird.
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"the bird" - singular should agree with "it flies" - singular. C is the best option.
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aurobindo wrote:
Birds known as honeyguides exhibit a unique pattern of behavior: the bird leads another animal, such as a honey-badger or human, to a bees’ nest with their chattering when they fly ahead; after the larger animal takes honey, the bird eats the was and bee larvae.


A. with their chattering when they fly ---- they is wrong. "it" is required.

B. with chattering and its flying - parallelism issue

C. by chattering as it flies

D. by chattering and its flying - - parallelism issue

E. by chattering as they are flying ---- they is wrong. "it" is required.
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New post 07 Aug 2017, 14:06
‘the bird’ leads another animal – the bird is singular. So, the only appropriate pronoun is ‘it’, not ‘they’. You can use this to eliminate options A and E.
B has a slight meaning ambiguity – can mere flying distract the human or the badger? The intended meaning is that chattering during flight is the distraction. In any case, ‘with chattering’ is unidiomatic – ‘by chattering’ is correct.
In D, the pronoun ‘its’ is redundant. So, for concision, we can choose C over D.
Hope that helps.
My POE,

(A)… their.. – SVA error
(B)…and its flying…- wrong meaning(trying to trap by using chattering and flying as parallel components)
(C) seems to have SVA corrected with correct meaning – hold it
(D)…and its flying… – wrong meaning(trying to trap by using chattering and flying as parallel components)
(E)…they.. – SVA error.

So option(C) is the correct answer.
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Birds known as honeyguides exhibit a unique pattern of behavior: the bird leads another animal, such as a honey-badger or human, to a bees’ nest with their chattering when they fly ahead; after the larger animal takes honey, the bird eats the wasp and bee larvae.

A. with their chattering when they fly - Subject-verb agreement issue plural they as the bird is singular
B. with chattering and its flying - parallelism issue
C. by chattering as it flies - Correct
D. by chattering and its flying - parallelism issue
E. by chattering as they are flying - Subject-verb agreement issue

Answer C
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