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The coyote is one of several recent ecological success stories: along with the white-tailed deer, the moose, and other species that are enlarging their natural domains, they have established themselves as supreme adapters in an era when the capability to adjust to the environmental changes wrought by human beings has created a whole new class of dominant large mammals.

A. they have established themselves as supreme adapters in an era when the capability

B. they have established themselves as being supreme adapters in an era when being able

C. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when to be able

D. it has established itself as being a supreme adapter in an era when its ability

E. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when the ability
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03 Feb 2005, 09:57
E for me as well.

A and B are out because they use "they" for a coyote.

C goes for "when to be able"

D goes for "as being a supreme adapter"
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06 Feb 2005, 01:52
"when" is a subordinating conjunction and thus calls for any Clause.
(E) correctly introduces adverbial clause "when the ability..." which is modifying the verb of the mail clause (established).

(C) lacks in introducing any clause.
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The coyote is one of several recent ecological success stories: along with the white-tailed deer, the moose, and other species that are enlarging their natural domains, they have established themselves as supreme adapters in an era when the capability to adjust to the environmental changes wrought by human beings has created a whole new class of dominant large mammals.

A. they have established themselves as supreme adapters in an era when the capability
B. they have established themselves as being supreme adapters in an era when being able
C. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when to be able
D. it has established itself as being a supreme adapter in an era when its ability
E. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when the ability

Originally posted by piyatiwari on 13 Apr 2012, 16:41.
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piyatiwari wrote:
The coyote is one of several recent ecological success stories: along with the white-tailed deer, the moose, and other species that are enlarging their natural domains, they have established themselves as supreme adapters in an era when the capability to adjust to the environmental changes wrought by human beings has created a whole new class of dominant large mammals.

A. they have established themselves as supreme adapters in an era when the capability
B. they have established themselves as being supreme adapters in an era when being able
C. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when to be able
D. it has established itself as being a supreme adapter in an era when its ability
E. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when the ability

C or E?

E
The coyote => singular => cross out A and B
C. "to be able" or to do is never a subject in a sentence on gmat. The only exception is the situation in which " to do is to do.."
D. change meaning: "its ability to..." and awkward : " as being a supreme adapter ..."
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The coyote is one of several recent ecological success stories: along with the white-tailed deer, the moose, and other species that are enlarging their natural domains, they have established themselves as supreme adapters in an era when the capability to adjust to the environmental changes wrought by human beings has created a whole new class of dominant large mammals.

A. they have established themselves as supreme adapters in an era when the capability
B. they have established themselves as being supreme adapters in an era when being able
C. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when to be able
D. it has established itself as being a supreme adapter in an era when its ability
E. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when the ability
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05 Oct 2012, 06:09
Eliminate a and b since 'They' is used although we are addressing 'The coyote'.
Can you please tell the source?
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06 Oct 2012, 11:56
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Eliminate a and b since 'They' is used although we are addressing 'The coyote'.
Can you please tell the source?

actually i cant name it, a friend of mine shared some pdf files containing these q's.
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17 Jun 2016, 20:10
This is a classic S-V agreement question, with a long middle man introduced through the additive "along with". Additives do not make a subject plural.

Split 1 : S-V agreement : Eliminate A and B.
Split 2 : when to be is C out.

D is wordy and can be eliminated over E.

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The coyote is one of several recent ecological success stories: along with the white-tailed deer, the moose, and other species that are enlarging their natural domains, they have established themselves as supreme adapters in an era when the capability to adjust to the environmental changes wrought by human beings has created a whole new class of dominant large mammals.

A. they have established themselves as supreme adapters in an era when the capability
B. they have established themselves as being supreme adapters in an era when being able
C. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when to be able
D. it has established itself as being a supreme adapter in an era when its ability
E. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when the ability

taking subject verb agreement into account , A and B can be easily eliminated

D uses being a supreme adapter , which is too wordy

C when to be able to ..adjust is incorrect construction , ability to adjust is correct wording
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A. they have established themselves as supreme adapters in an era when the capability
B. they have established themselves as being supreme adapters in an era when being able
C. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when to be able
D. it has established itself as being a supreme adapter in an era when its ability
E. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when the ability
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The coyote is one of several recent ecological success stories: along with the white-tailed deer, the moose, and other species that are enlarging their natural domains, they have established themselves as supreme adapters in an era when the capability to adjust to the environmental changes wrought by human beings has created a whole new class of dominant large mammals.

A. they have established themselves as supreme adapters in an era when the capability
B. they have established themselves as being supreme adapters in an era when being able
C. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when to be able
D. it has established itself as being a supreme adapter in an era when its ability
E. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when the ability

Correct idiomatic usage of ability is - ability to

None but (E) presents the same...

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The coyote is one of several recent ecological success stories: along with the white-tailed deer, the moose, and other species that are enlarging their natural domains, they have established themselves as supreme adapters in an era when the capability to adjust to the environmental changes wrought by human beings has created a whole new class of dominant large mammals.

A. they have established themselves as supreme adapters in an era when the capability. --Subject is Coyote (singular)

B. they have established themselves as being supreme adapters in an era when being able --Subject is Coyote (singular)

C. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when to be able

D. it has established itself as being a supreme adapter in an era when its ability

E. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when the ability --Correct.
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The coyote is one of several recent ecological success stories: along with the white-tailed deer, the moose, and other species that are enlarging their natural domains, they have established themselves as supreme adapters in an era when the capability to adjust to the environmental changes wrought by human beings has created a whole new class of dominant large mammals.

A. they have established themselves as supreme adapters in an era when the capability

B. they have established themselves as being supreme adapters in an era when being able

C. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when to be able

D. it has established itself as being a supreme adapter in an era when its ability

E. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when the ability

The coyote is one of several recent ecological success stories: along with the white-tailed deer, the moose, and other species that are enlarging their natural domains, it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when the ability to adjust to the environmental changes wrought by human beings has created a whole new class of dominant large mammals.

Correct answer must be (E) for the errors highlighted in the other options...

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The coyote is one of several recent ecological success stories: along with the white-tailed deer, the moose, and other species that are enlarging their natural domains, they have established themselves as supreme adapters in an era when the capability to adjust to the environmental changes wrought by human beings has created a whole new class of dominant large mammals.

A. they have established themselves as supreme adapters in an era when the capability - Pronoun they can't refer to singular coyote
B. they have established themselves as being supreme adapters in an era when being able - same as A
C. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when to be able - the ability in E is better than to be able to
D. it has established itself as being a supreme adapter in an era when its ability - usage of being
E. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when the ability - Correct

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20 Apr 2018, 13:52
Guys. I got this question right in the exam but upon reviewing it I got a little confused.

Begining of the sentence "The coyote is ..." makes it clear that Coyote is singular and we need to use a singular(it) in order to refer to coyote. However, what if we want to talk about species. In that case, we will use they to refer to species. Now can "they" used in the original sentence not refer to species?

Also, I had a confusion if species is singular or plural, but by looking at this sentence it seems that species is plural.correct?

so sorry if it's too dumb of a question. Appreciate any input.
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