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# Darwin was not the first to advance a theory of evolution;

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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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13 Nov 2005, 19:50
(A) wordy
(B) "his proposing the idea" is a prime error example of ETS
(C) "laid" is wrong.
(D) "laid" is wrong.
(E) GOOD
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14 Nov 2005, 03:10
we need an intransitive verb here

laid is transitive verb that requires an object to complete the verb.

but in our original sentence it is clear that no object is neccessary to complete the verb. so we need to use intransivite verb lay

so choice C and D are out.

A and B is out becaue in the fact in both the sentence is redundant.

E uses intransitive verb correctly, hence the answer choice.
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14 Nov 2005, 13:23
nakib77 wrote:
we need an intransitive verb here

laid is transitive verb that requires an object to complete the verb.

but in our original sentence it is clear that no object is neccessary to complete the verb. so we need to use intransivite verb lay

so choice C and D are out.

A and B is out becaue in the fact in both the sentence is redundant.

E uses intransitive verb correctly, hence the answer choice.

Question: don't we need the same tense in both sentences?
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14 Nov 2005, 14:09
I would go with D.

cause the second part of the tense should have same tense as first simple past. so laid is right.
down to C and D

c) "the fact of his proposing the" too wordy and his proposing the idea is the present tense.

so D ....

OA pls and also OE ....
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14 Nov 2005, 19:10
This one seems technical
i chose D (like the "easy and logical" choice) but it seems Nakib got something there and I still have difficulties to understand the explanation so if anyone wants to give more details about it...

OA is E

sorry cool_jonny009, no OE because it comes from a SC collection
14 Nov 2005, 19:10
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