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# Darwin

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01 Dec 2008, 01:37
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233. Darwin was not the first to advance a theory of evolution; his tremendous originality lay in the fact that he proposed the idea of natural selection as the means by which evolution worked.
(A) lay in the fact that he proposed the idea
(B) lay in the fact of his proposing the idea
(C) laid in the fact of his proposing the idea
(D) laid in his proposal
(E) lay in his proposal
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01 Dec 2008, 02:49
lgon wrote:
233. Darwin was not the first to advance a theory of evolution; his tremendous originality lay in the fact that he proposed the idea of natural selection as the means by which evolution worked.
(A) lay in the fact that he proposed the idea
(B) lay in the fact of his proposing the idea
(C) laid in the fact of his proposing the idea
(D) laid in his proposal
(E) lay in his proposal

I would go for (D), "Laid" simple past tense, laid in his proposal is more concise
what is the OA???
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01 Dec 2008, 06:31
IMO E
A,B, C are wordy. Between D and E, E is right because lay here is past tense of lie (to recline or be located). Laid in D is past tense of lay, which means to put. Laid also needs an object.
lgon wrote:
233. Darwin was not the first to advance a theory of evolution; his tremendous originality lay in the fact that he proposed the idea of natural selection as the means by which evolution worked.
(A) lay in the fact that he proposed the idea
(B) lay in the fact of his proposing the idea
(C) laid in the fact of his proposing the idea
(D) laid in his proposal
(E) lay in his proposal
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13 Dec 2008, 22:34
OA is E, lay is past tense of lie.
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15 Dec 2008, 02:34
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15 Dec 2008, 06:46
Correct..lay is past tense of lie.. OA is E. Thanku.
gmat4mba wrote:
IMO E
A,B, C are wordy. Between D and E, E is right because lay here is past tense of lie (to recline or be located). Laid in D is past tense of lay, which means to put. Laid also needs an object.
lgon wrote:
233. Darwin was not the first to advance a theory of evolution; his tremendous originality lay in the fact that he proposed the idea of natural selection as the means by which evolution worked.
(A) lay in the fact that he proposed the idea
(B) lay in the fact of his proposing the idea
(C) laid in the fact of his proposing the idea
(D) laid in his proposal
(E) lay in his proposal
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