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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; [#permalink]

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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 evoluation 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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The underlined part of the sentence, is discussing Darwin's proposal being original. Since it's already past, the tense should be past (at least this is what i think !). So I went for (D) where laid is in the past tense of lay

Is this correct ?
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22 Jul 2004, 09:24
ywilfred wrote:
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 evoluation 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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The underlined part of the sentence, is discussing Darwin's proposal being original. Since it's already past, the tense should be past (at least this is what i think !). So I went for (D) where laid is in the past tense of lay

Is this correct ?

I think that the correct answer is E.

From Online Cambridge Dictionary:(http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define. ... &dict=CALD)

to lie in smth = meaning to be found in or to exist in something

His skill lies in his ability to communicate quite complex ideas very simply.

to lie (present) - lay (past)

A, B & E - are the contenders, but the idiomatic and the shortest choice is E!

Hopefully, my theory is correct.
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22 Jul 2004, 09:48
mmmm I m compelled to vot for E too especially as smashing has done so ...welcome grace after a long time ....

but some how my instinct syas otherwise....

E cud be out cos '' his tremendous originality lay not in his PROPOSAL ....but in the FACT ''

U see the originality of darwin does not lie in his proposal of soemthing but rather in the fact and what is that fact --- that is the proposal of the ''natural selection'' thoery...

in that way I guess a is the right ans ... cud be wrong my theory or instinct cud jus be awy from the ets thought...

hope that helps !

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27 Jul 2004, 09:07
Yes I agree with enigmatic007's reasoning.

I know that the OA is E, but I supose it is wrong.

With E, the sentence becomes as follws:

his tremendous originality lay in his proposal of natural selection as the means by which evoluation worked.

This could mean that his tremendous originality was lying ( in his proposal) as the means by which evolution worked.

But this meaning is absurd.

With A the sentence becomes as follws:

his tremendous originality lay in the fact that he proposed the idea of natural selection as the means by which evoluation worked.

This correctly means that natural selection was proposed as means by which evolution worked.

A should be the correct answer.

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28 Jul 2004, 06:55
IMO (A) is best.

It is the tremendous originality of the fact that he proposed (as is correctly suggested by A) and NOT the proposal itself (As is incorrectly implied by option (E))
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Re: SC - Yet another tense question [#permalink]

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30 Aug 2007, 14:49
ywilfred wrote:
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 evoluation 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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The underlined part of the sentence, is discussing Darwin's proposal being original. Since it's already past, the tense should be past (at least this is what i think !). So I went for (D) where laid is in the past tense of lay

Is this correct ?

ABC are wrong because they unnecessarily add wordines "The fact that" to the choices.

this is how i remember this concept
Lie down ==> The fat girl lay on my bed.
Lay down the gun ==> She laid down her gun. (Lay/Laid takes an object)

The sentence is in past tense, therefore, the past tense of lie is lay. E.
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30 Aug 2007, 17:25
I will go with E as well to..for all we know..we still to this day accept darwins originality...therefore the simple present tense works..
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30 Aug 2007, 21:08
A, B, E - bad grammar
30 Aug 2007, 21:08
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