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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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16 Mar 2007, 00:56
go for B.

list of/group of should be treated as singular, if I am right here.
also preference to ...is more idiomatic?
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that refers to animals (not list) so has to be followed by a plural noun exhibit .

list is singular so should take singular noun has

"preference for" is idiomatic.
"prefer to" - e.g. prefer X to Y - is also idiomatic
"preference to" is not idiomatic
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16 Mar 2007, 05:39
I also chose D,

E however confuses me a bit. Is it ever ok to say "preference as to..." or is the idiom always preference for?
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16 Mar 2007, 07:56
I picked B, and I got it wrong.

OA is D.

GMATHopeful explained it well. I thought the subject was LIST so I eliminated C, D, E and already got it wrong by doing that.

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that refers to animals (not list) so has to be followed by a plural noun exhibit .

list is singular so should take singular noun has

"preference for" is idiomatic.
"prefer to" - e.g. prefer X to Y - is also idiomatic
"preference to" is not idiomatic
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16 Mar 2007, 12:24
Animals that exhibit, So, A & B are out.

Preference for is better

Choice D.
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I chose D, animals exhibit list has

preference for is correct
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18 Jun 2011, 07:13
IMO:D. sentence should read List of animals that exhibit( Subject Verb agreement)- this rules out a,b. And Preference for is correct usage.
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Another important split is the use of correct parallelism of correlative conjunction ‘either – or’
Only B and D use the correct parallelism of using ‘either the right hand or left hand.’ Then B is wrong because of ‘exhibits
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22 Jun 2011, 17:06
D it is!!

It's not the list that exhibits a preference. The animals are the ones that exhibit a preference.

So it must be the plural verb exhibit.

Choice C is not parallel --> Either [using right hand] or [left hand (*missing the word using]
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23 Jun 2011, 02:45
D
Going by meaning subject of exhibit is animals so eliminate a & b
Preference for is idiomatic so pick D
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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 vertebraters.

a/ the same
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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19 May 2012, 07:31
To answer this question correctly one should know the rules of SV number agreement and correlative conjunction parallelism. Before that, may I know what your wrong answer was, so that you problem could be identified and fixed
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19 May 2012, 08:11
daagh wrote:
To answer this question correctly one should know the rules of SV number agreement and correlative conjunction parallelism. Before that, may I know what your wrong answer was, so that you problem could be identified and fixed

I thought that "list" is a collective noun similar to "team" or "government". Is it not?
I choose asnwer "b".
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You are right. List is a collective noun and hence is singular and the noun goes well with its singular main verb- has been expanding. So far so good.

The prepositional object animals represented by the relative pronoun that, stands for the plural object animals and hence you should use the plural verb exhibit. Exhibit is the not the verb for the main subject list. This is the reason B is wrong.

Now you can drop A and B which use the singular verb exhibits.

Among C, D, and E, now we have to fish out for the second error of wrongful parallelism of the correlative conjunction, either -- or

In -either /or - correlative conjunction, the same structure that appears after either should appear after or also.
Only D is maintaining the correct form of parallelism as per grammar norms --either the right or the left hand
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19 May 2012, 15:03
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You are right. List is a collective noun and hence is singular and the noun goes well with its singular main verb- has been expanding. So far so good.

The prepositional object animals represented by the relative pronoun that, stands ing for the plural object animals and hence you should use the plural verb exhibit. Exhibit is the not the verb for the main subject list. This is the reason B is wrong.

Now you can drop A and B which use the singular verb exhibits.

Among C, D, and E, now we have to fish out for he second error of wrongful parallelism of the correlative conjunction, either -- or

In -either /or - correlative conjunction, the same structure that appears after either should appear after or also.
Only D is maintaining the correct form of parallelism as per grammar norms --either the right or the left hand

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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 either 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

Why the answer is not B??
As list is collective singular noun so it should take 'exhibits'

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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 either 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

Why the answer is not B??
As list is collective singular noun so it should take 'exhibits'

Split it into Clauses:
1) The list of animals...........has been expanded to include the lower vertebrates. SV agrees here

2) that exhibits a preference of either using the right or the left hand (i.e., claw, paw, or foot). SV agreement error. Here that refers to the plural animals. So verb should be in exhibit. Either X or Y is not properly used in this sentence. (X-using the right is not parallel to Y- the left hand)

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Can someone explain the difference between "preference in" and "preference for".
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vivekdixit07 wrote:
Can someone explain the difference between "preference in" and "preference for".

Preference for is definitely best, you do not want to say "Preference in" would be used in a sentence such as " The preference in the office is to work for the investment group.

"Preference for", The office has a preference for donuts.

Try to realize though that animals cannot "preference in using there claws". As a native speaker its easy but I can definitley see how its confusing, hope that helps!
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