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Re: QOTD: The list of animals [#permalink]

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New post 02 Dec 2017, 19:51
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Guys sorry for asking a really dumb question but in option A why is the subject animals because i read that if a noun is in a prepositional phase it cannot be a subject.

adkikani is correct in his spoiler! "Animals" is NOT the subject of the entire sentence, but it is the noun that "performs" the verb following "that": "animals that exhibit" is correct, not "animals that exhibits." See my explanation above for more: https://gmatclub.com/forum/qotd-the-lis ... l#p1861953.

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The list of animals that exhibits a preference of either using the right or the left hand (i.e. claw, paw, or foot) has been expanded to include the lower vertebrates.

a. exhibits a preference of wither using the right or the left hand (i.e. claw, paw, or foot) has been expanded to include

b. exhibits the preference to use either the right or the left hand (i.e. claw, paw, or foot) has been expanded and includes

c. exhibit a preference in either using the right or the left hand (i.e. claw, paw, or foot) has been expanded to include

d. exhibit a preference for using either the right or the left hand (i.e. claw, paw, or foot) has been expanded to include

e. exhibit the preference as to either using the right or the left hand (i.e. claw, paw, or foot) has been expanded and includes

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Evaluating each option for subject verb agreement, idiom usage and parallelism
a. exhibits a preference of either using the right or the left hand (i.e. claw, paw, or foot) has been expanded to include
eliminate-subject verb agreement- should be exhibit, parallelism is also incorrect
b. exhibits the preference to use either the right or the left hand (i.e. claw, paw, or foot) has been expanded and includes
Eliminate-subject verb agreement is incorrect, should be exhibit
c. exhibit a preference in either using the right or the left hand (i.e. claw, paw, or foot) has been expanded to include
Eliminate- correct verb tense but parallelism is incorrect based on placement of either
d. exhibit a preference for using either the right or the left hand (i.e. claw, paw, or foot) has been expanded to include
Keep- correct subject verb agreement, parallelism is correct (look at placement of either)
e. exhibit the preference as to either using the right or the left hand (i.e. claw, paw, or foot) has been expanded and includes
Eliminate- parallelism is incorrect, includes is incorrect
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New post 17 Dec 2017, 04:28
Hello abhimahna ,

I often get confused when to use singular or when to use plural verb in such type of structure i.e "noun phrase that verb" or "Noun+Prep Phrase that verb"

for example of "One of the cars that are" this is always plural. Is it same for prep phrase or is it meaning that decide for such questions?

For ex "List of animals that exhibit a preference " here list cannot exhibit a preference so it would be animals only.

But whats your opinion regarding the same to solidify one's understanding.

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A context from this post might be useful.

When that is used a noun modifier, it can refer to a singular as well as a plural noun entity as we saw in the case of the two official sentences that you solved.

When that is used just as a pronoun, then it only refers to a singular noun entity.
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Perfect adkikani

It resolved my doubt.
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When nothing seem to help, I would go and look at a Stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred time without as much as a crack showing in it.
Yet at the hundred and first blow it would split in two.
And I knew it was not that blow that did it, But all that had gone Before
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Re: QOTD: The list of animals   [#permalink] 18 Dec 2017, 06:30

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