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

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Hi papillon86,

"in bed" is what is called a prepositional phrase.

"in" is a preposition.

"bed" is a noun.

Together (preposition + noun) they form a prepositional phrase, which is descriptive.

The object of a verb is the received (a noun) of the action.

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25 Jun 2010, 10:58
great explanation by SaraiGMAXonline. +1 to you.
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28 Jul 2010, 04:23
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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28 Jul 2010, 06:02
I ll go with E. Sounds correct and better than the rest!
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28 Jul 2010, 09:33
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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29 Jul 2010, 16:06
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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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29 Jul 2010, 22:19
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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