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Darwin was not the first to advance a theory of evolution

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New post 25 Jun 2010, 09:58
great explanation by SaraiGMAXonline. +1 to you.
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New post 28 Jul 2010, 03:23
And how do you know in E that "lay" refers to the past tense of the verb "to lie" and not to the present tense of te verb "to lay".
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New post 28 Jul 2010, 05:02
I ll go with E. Sounds correct and better than the rest!
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New post 28 Jul 2010, 08:33
Hey Noboru,

Because one verb is transitive (meaning it takes an object), and the other is not. If someone's creativity "lies" in something, do you see how that word isn't taking an object? Taking an object would look like this: "I lay the book on the table." In that sentence, we know we have to transitive verb, to lay, because it's taking an object "the book". But if my genius lies in science, "in science" is just a prepositional phrase modifying the verb, and there is no object. If you use the transitive "to lay", you must have an object (you have to actually lay something somewhere!).

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Hey Noboru,

Because one verb is transitive (meaning it takes an object), and the other is not. If someone's creativity "lies" in something, do you see how that word isn't taking an object? Taking an object would look like this: "I lay the book on the table." In that sentence, we know we have to transitive verb, to lay, because it's taking an object "the book". But if my genius lies in science, "in science" is just a prepositional phrase modifying the verb, and there is no object. If you use the transitive "to lay", you must have an object (you have to actually lay something somewhere!).

Does that make sense?

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Nice one tommy.. liked your insights on the question.. ! :)
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It is E ; Doing one by one all 1000 SC
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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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I eliminated A,B and C as they were awkward.
I selected the option "D", but it is wrong. :( The correct one is "E".

Can any one help on this?
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I eliminated A,B and C as they were awkward.
I selected the option "D", but it is wrong. :( The correct one is "E".

Can any one help on this?


Good job eliminating down to D & E. The issue here is about the meaning differences between laid & lay. The verb "laid" (past tense of lay) is a transitive verb that requires an object. With "laid" there is an action happening to something - "I laid the book on the table". The very "lay" (past tense of lie) is intransitive and therefore doesn't require that a specific action happen to an object. One of the definitions of "lay" is: "To consist or have as a basis; often used with in: The strength of his performance lay in his training."

This meaning of this sentence requires the verb "lay" and matches nicely with the definition "to consist or have as a basis". Darwin's originality lay in (was based on) his proposal...

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Hi Kyle.
How one can recognise that sch word is transitive and such is not? Please elaborate.
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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
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E - Lay - correct usage , fact that - redundant usage
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Can we have more discussion on this one, please?
I think most of us can rule out B and C. I need to know more about options A, D and E.
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