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# The characteristic phenomenon of mass suicide by thousands

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The characteristic phenomenon of mass suicide by thousands of lemmings year after year by jumping off from cliffs to great depths, explainable only by a chosen few behavioral scientists, occurs after a majority of the animals is driven to migrate from friendly habitats to hostile environs

(A) explainable only by a chosen few behavioral scientists, occurs after a majority of the animals is

(B) explainable by a choice few behavioral scientists, only occurs after a majority of the animals are

(C) explainable only by a choice few behavioral scientists, occurs after a majority of the animals are

(D) is explainable only by a choice few behavioral scientists, occurs after a majority of the animals are

(E) that can be explained only by a choice few behavioral scientists and it occurs after a majority of the animals are

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Originally posted by daagh on 16 Oct 2010, 10:02.
Last edited by daagh on 28 Sep 2013, 00:32, edited 3 times in total.
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17 Oct 2010, 02:20
@shekharvineet: yes. You are right. The OA is C;
Secondly, the difference between chosen few and choice few IMO is that chosen few are chosen by some others while choice few are an elite group of people who are better than many others in their group.
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16 Oct 2010, 10:50
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The characteristic phenomenon of mass suicide by thousands of lemmings year after year by jumping off from cliffs to great depths, explainable only by a chosen few behavioral scientists, occurs after a majority of the animals is driven to migrate from friendly habitats to hostile environs

(A) explainable only by a chosen few behavioral scientists, occurs after a majority of the animals is

(B) explainable by a choice few behavioral scientists, only occurs after a majority of the animals are

© explainable only by a choice few behavioral scientists, occurs after a majority of the animals are

(D) is explainable only by a choice few behavioral scientists, occurs after a majority of the animals are

(E) that can be explained only by a choice few behavioral scientists and it occurs after a majority of the animals are

Ok. I assume that you have done a little typing mistake when you have written "choice" in place of "chosen" in all answer choices except A. So, I will try to solve this problem presuming that the correct word is "chosen".
First let us look for the error that can be spotted most easily and this calls for the split between "is" and "are". The phrase "a majority of the animals" is a plural subject and thus, requires the use of a plural verb. On account of this, we can safely eliminate answer choice A.
B- Incorrect because of the wrong position of the word "only".
D- Incorrect. We don't need "is". There is already an "are" present in the sentence and we should eliminate the unnecessary uses of the verb form "to be" for the sake of concision.
E- Incorrect Wordier and awkward.
C- Clear Winner. Uses the correct form of verb (plural). No unnecessary uses of the verb form "to be". Grammatically correct and most concise answer.
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Updated on: 16 Oct 2010, 20:43
There is no typo. Choice few and chosen few are given deliberately.
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Originally posted by daagh on 16 Oct 2010, 11:55.
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16 Oct 2010, 14:11
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There is not typo. Choice few and chosen few are given deliberately.

Thats interesting. Even in that case I stick with my original answer. Whats the OA?
To me A cannot be the answer because " a majority of animals" demands a singular verb
B is also out because of the wrong position of "only".
D is out because it makes no sense to have "is" after the comma.
E is just too wordy.
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17 Oct 2010, 02:41
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@shekharvineet: yes. You are right. The OA is C;
Secondly, the difference between chosen few and choice few IMO is that chosen few are chosen by some others while choice few are an elite group of people who are better than many others in their group.

Thanks. Thats something new I learned. Really didn't know how to use the phrase "choice few" but went for errors that were easier to spot.
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03 Oct 2013, 01:14
"a choice few" is correct!!!

I've never heard of this idiom before. where can I find study reference to this specific word?? it sounded awkward the first time I read it
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03 Oct 2013, 01:33
I still did not get it, why choice (b) is wrong?
plz explain.
in Choice C: explainable only by a choice few behavioral scientists - explainable is not verb i guess and word only is used as adverb.
in choice B: what is wrong in saying; "The characteristic phenomenon only occurs"?
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19 Dec 2013, 05:23
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I still did not get it, why choice (b) is wrong?
plz explain.
in Choice C: explainable only by a choice few behavioral scientists - explainable is not verb i guess and word only is used as adverb.
in choice B: what is wrong in saying; "The characteristic phenomenon only occurs"?

as far as I understand this, "only" refers to the group of scientists, not the lemmings or the suicide. Thus B is wrong.

Correct me if I'm mistaken.

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09 Jan 2015, 14:56
should not 'majority' agree with a singular verb?
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10 Jan 2015, 01:38
This sentence does not sound of GMAT quality. I do not agree with 'majority' being singular when it is referring to a group of animals. Below URL explains the use of majority
http://public.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/majority.html
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11 Jan 2015, 16:46
I need a small clarification here,

I need to know the placement of "only"...

As per the sentence, the Phenomenon of mass sucide occurs due to migration of animals.
If this is the case should not we place "only" before occurs? Because, if the migration dint happen, the mass sucide wont happen right?
(B) explainable by a choice few behavioral scientists, only occurs after a majority of the animals are

So should'nt "only" modify the migration? ie, only the set of migrated animals are subjected to the suicide.. Please share your comments...
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11 Jan 2015, 21:03
sheolokesh wrote:
I need a small clarification here,

I need to know the placement of "only"...

As per the sentence, the Phenomenon of mass sucide occurs due to migration of animals.
If this is the case should not we place "only" before occurs? Because, if the migration dint happen, the mass sucide wont happen right?
(B) explainable by a choice few behavioral scientists, only occurs after a majority of the animals are

So shouldn't "only" modify the migration? ie, only the set of migrated animals are subjected to the suicide.. Please share your comments...

I first thought the same, but I now agree with the others. By definition, "only" means one idea/thing/place and nothing else. We know that "only" should modify explainable because the phrase following it "by a choice few behavioral scientists" indicates no one else beside them will explain. The word "choice" could have assured us where only was supposed to go. Furthermore, if the sentence had "only" before occurs, then the meaning of the predicate changes into how the characteristic phenomena can "only occur" and nothing else. This characteristic can still take on many adjectives/actions/etc. That's my take.
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11 Jan 2015, 23:00
As per my understanding...
in option B, the usage of ONLY is changing the meaning...
Consider the following two sentences -

Sachin tendulkar is considered the star of Cricket, only surpassed by Brian Lara.
Sachin tendulkar is considered the star of Cricket, surpassed only by Brian Lara.

There is change in the meaning of the two sentences...

and I guess same is applied over here...

Correct me if I'm wrong.
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16 Feb 2016, 20:46
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The characteristic phenomenon of mass suicide by thousands of lemmings year after year by jumping off from cliffs to great depths, explainable only by a chosen few behavioral scientists, occurs after a majority of the animals is driven to migrate from friendly habitats to hostile environs

(A) explainable only by a chosen few behavioral scientists, occurs after a majority of the animals is

(B) explainable by a choice few behavioral scientists, only occurs after a majority of the animals are

(C) explainable only by a choice few behavioral scientists, occurs after a majority of the animals are

(D) is explainable only by a choice few behavioral scientists, occurs after a majority of the animals are

(E) that can be explained only by a choice few behavioral scientists and it occurs after a majority of the animals are

tough one.
we can eliminate D right away, as it is a run-on sentence.
A - looks good, but a majority of animals would rather need "are", since we speak about more animals.
E - doesn't look good at all.that refers to what? and it - definitely out.
between B and C -> explainable ONLY is in original sentence, so C here +. ONLY occurs - b is wrong.

explainable by a choice few ... sounds awkward to me though...
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18 Feb 2016, 06:09
Isn't "ONLY a choice few" redundant?
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29 Feb 2016, 04:55
daagh wrote:
shekharvineet: yes. You are right. The OA is C;
Secondly, the difference between chosen few and choice few IMO is that chosen few are chosen by some others while choice few are an elite group of people who are better than many others in their group.

Daaagh,
Could you please give provide simple examples for this theory ?

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29 Feb 2016, 12:23
baaniNitin wrote:
daagh wrote:
shekharvineet: yes. You are right. The OA is C;
Secondly, the difference between chosen few and choice few IMO is that chosen few are chosen by some others while choice few are an elite group of people who are better than many others in their group.

Daaagh,
Could you please give provide simple examples for this theory ?

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Choice used an adjective means of superior quality; the word is not related to choosing something.

I bought the most expensive dress in the showroom - a choice Armani gown.
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