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# In human hearing, subtle differences in how the two ears hear a given

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05 Jul 2010, 01:44
faile the idiom test ...went for D...
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15 Dec 2010, 22:37
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In the above passage, subtle differences is the plural subject. Its verb should be plural (help) Determine is neither a part of the main verb nor another new verb. It is simply an infinitive –to determine- with the to being elliptical.

Second question is which is better – whether the infinitive ‘to determine’ or the prepositional ‘in determining’. The infinitive is the right kind of idiom.
So let’s look forward to a combination of the plural verb help and the idiomatic to determine / determine.

Hence A is the only choice
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In human hearing, subtle differences in how the two ears hear a given sound help the listener determine the qualities of that sound.

(b) in the two ears hearing a given sound hep the listener in determining
(c) in how a sound is heard by the two ears helps the listener determine
(d) between how the two ears hear a given sound helps the listener in determining
(e) between how a sound is heard by the two ears help the listener in determining

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Explanations are much appreciated. I had a really hard time ruling out choices for some reason. I'd like to know what I should have been looking for on this one.

A. in how the two ears hear a given sound help the listener determine CORRECT
B. in the two ears hearing a given sound help the listener in determining. Awkward construction
C. in how a sound is heard by the two ears helps the listener determine Subject and Verb agreement issue.
D. between how the two ears hear a given sound helps the listener in determining Usage of between is wrong idiom correct idiom is between X and Y.

E. between how a sound is heard by the two ears help the listener in determining.Usage of between is wrong idiom correct idiom is between X and Y.
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A for me too...
Went for D initially but realised that differences requires the usage of "helps" instead of "help"
B- can be eliminated for the above reason..
C- is incorrect because of passive voice..
E- eliminated because of the usage of "help" and passive voice...
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20 Jun 2011, 20:05
+1 A

I think you can solve this question without knowing all the idioms in the sentence. Try to do it.
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21 Jun 2011, 18:10
help vs helps gives 2-3 split, with a,b and e left. 'between' is totally out. There not two things to compare. in b, 'in the two ears' making it awkward. This gives A.
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21 Jun 2011, 19:01
Between A and C, i think A is the correct one. The subject-verb is correct in A.
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17 Apr 2013, 21:30
misterJJ2u wrote:
In human hearing, subtle differences in how the two ears hear a given sound help the listener determine the qualities of that sound.

(b) in the two ears hearing a given sound hep the listener in determining
(c) in how a sound is heard by the two ears helps the listener determine
(d) between how the two ears hear a given sound helps the listener in determining
(e) between how a sound is heard by the two ears help the listener in determining

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Explanations are much appreciated. I had a really hard time ruling out choices for some reason. I'd like to know what I should have been looking for on this one.

I picked B.why b is wrong?Need explanation..........
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In human hearing, subtle differences in how the two ears hear a given sound help the listener determine the qualities of that sound.

(a) in how the two ears hear a given sound help the listener determine
Correct. S-V agreement "differences......help".

(b) in the two ears hearing a given sound help the listener in determining
Wrong. change meaning "differences in the two ears"

(c) in how a sound is heard by the two ears helps the listener determine
Wrong. differences is plural, so "helps" is incorrect.

(d) between how the two ears hear a given sound helps the listener in determining
Wrong. "differences between how the two ears hear" is wrong idiom. Should be "differences between how X and how Y". Also, "helps" is incorrect.

(e) between how a sound is heard by the two ears help the listener in determining
Wrong. "differences between how the two ears hear" is wrong idiom. Should be "differences between how X and how Y". Also, "help in doing something" is wrong idiom.

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In human hearing, subtle differences in how the two ears hear a given sound help the listener determine the qualities of that sound.

(b) in the two ears hearing a given sound hep the listener in determining - change in meaning, the differences are not in the two ears but in how the 2 ears hear a sound also 'in determining' is wordy,to determine is the correct idiom

(c) in how a sound is heard by the two ears helps the listener determine - [color=#ff0000]differences does not agree with the singular verb helps[/color]

(d) between how the two ears hear a given sound helps the listener in determining - differences between - wrong idiom, helps & differences do not agree

(e) between how a sound is heard by the two ears help the listener in determining - differences between - wrong idiom,to determine is the correct idiom

A - differences in is the correct idiom, the verb help is plural and agrees with the plural differences
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18 Apr 2013, 19:19
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In human hearing, subtle differences in how the two ears hear a given sound help the listener determine the qualities of that sound.

(b) in the two ears hearing a given sound hep the listener in determining
(c) in how a sound is heard by the two ears helps the listener determine
(d) between how the two ears hear a given sound helps the listener in determining
(e) between how a sound is heard by the two ears help the listener in determining

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Explanations are much appreciated. I had a really hard time ruling out choices for some reason. I'd like to know what I should have been looking for on this one.

Hi,
I had one trouble in picking up A. It states listener determine
Is determine a verb or modifier. Only if it is modifier it would work. Can anyone throw some light on that aspect ?
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11 Jun 2015, 06:52
Here

B- change the intended meaning. differences between how to ears hear not the differences between ears itself
c and D- S-V issue differences is plural require singular verb help
E- Idiom issue. correnct idiom is difference between X and Y
now Between A and E

Correct ans A
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16 Aug 2015, 08:12
misterJJ2u wrote:
In human hearing, subtle differences in how the two ears hear a given sound help the listener determine the qualities of that sound.

(b) in the two ears hearing a given sound hep the listener in determining
(c) in how a sound is heard by the two ears helps the listener determine
(d) between how the two ears hear a given sound helps the listener in determining
(e) between how a sound is heard by the two ears help the listener in determining

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Explanations are much appreciated. I had a really hard time ruling out choices for some reason. I'd like to know what I should have been looking for on this one.

help the listener determine --> shouldn't it be determines.
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First, it shouldn't be "help the listener to determine" (although that is how lots of people would say it). You don't need the "to" - and, if you don't need it, then it's not going to be in the correct answer!

Be careful about deciding based upon what sounds good or bad. The test will fool your ear. Go based upon the specific rules you KNOW are true.

You may read an original sentence and think it sounds awkward (in fact, this will happen quite a lot!), but if you cannot point to a specific area that you KNOW is an actual grammatical error, don't eliminate A. It stays in as a possibility.

The in vs. between issue is an idiom. I say differences in X (just one thing) or differences between X and Y (two things). This sentence has one thing: how the two ears hear a given sound. So, I need "differences in." Elim D and E.

B says "differences in the two ears hearing" - that makes it sound like the two ears themselves are different (as in, they look different or something), as opposed to a difference in the way the two ears perceive a sound. That's not the original meaning (and doesn't even make a lot of sense), so elim B.

C says "differences... helps" - that's a subj-verb mismatch. Elim C. (you can also use this to elim D, if you haven't already eliminated it).

Only A is left. (And, usually this will be the process for getting yourself to A. There won't be anything wrong with it but you'll be suspicious of it b/c 80% of the time there IS something wrong with it, so you'll find some reason to say it sounds bad. But DO NOT eliminate A unless you can point to a specific error. Leave it in and test the others.)
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Still not sure on A. 'to' has to be there..
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Still not sure on A. 'to' has to be there..

No, "to" is not mandatory. The following is an excerpt from Manhattan SC guide from the chapter Idioms:

RIGHT:
He HELPS RAKE the leaves.
He HELPS TO RAKE the leaves.
He HELPS me RAKE the leaves.
He HELPS me TO RAKE the leaves.
His HELP IN RAKING the leaves has been welcome.

WRONG:
He HELPS me IN RAKING the leaves.
I need him AS HELP TO RAKE the leaves.
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05 Jul 2016, 16:59
In my opinion, 2 decision points:
- Verb: Help/helps - eliminate C&D
- Idioms: Help someone do something - eliminate B&E
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05 Jul 2016, 21:46
C and D incorrect
subtle differences is plural.

E incorrect
between is used to compare 2 entities

A. correct

B changes the intended meaning

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In human hearing, subtle differences in how the two ears hear a given sound help the listener determine the qualities of that sound.

(a) in how the two ears hear a given sound help the listener determine
(b) in the two ears hearing a given sound help the listener in determining
(c) in how a sound is heard by the two ears helps the listener determine
(d) between how the two ears hear a given sound helps the listener in determining
(e) between how a sound is heard by the two ears help the listener in determining

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Explanations are much appreciated. I had a really hard time ruling out choices for some reason. I'd like to know what I should have been looking for on this one.

correct idiom is 'differences between X and Y'. Choice D and E lack 'and'. D and E are out.

'differences' requires ''help' and not 'helps'. C is out.

differences are in 'how the ears hear' and not 'in two ears'. B is out.

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02 Dec 2017, 00:12
misterJJ2u wrote:
In human hearing, subtle differences in how the two ears hear a given sound help the listener determine the qualities of that sound.

(A) in how the two ears hear a given sound help the listener determine
(B) in the two ears hearing a given sound help the listener in determining
(C) in how a sound is heard by the two ears helps the listener determine
(D) between how the two ears hear a given sound helps the listener in determining
(E) between how a sound is heard by the two ears help the listener in determining

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Explanations are much appreciated. I had a really hard time ruling out choices for some reason. I'd like to know what I should have been looking for on this one.

Differences in is for one thing and between is for two things.. among in more than 2.. Over here, only thing.. so A/B/C are in
a sound is plural and helps is singular.. C Is out
B Says "differences in the two ears hearing" - that makes it sound like the two ears themselves are different

A is in !! Go for it .. : )
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