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Turtles, like other reptiles, can endure long fasts, in their ability

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Turtles, like other reptiles, can endure long fasts, in their ability to survive on weekly or even monthly feedings; however, when food is readily available, they may eat frequently and grow very fat.

The question tests the usage of able to & ability to and "of and to"

Meaning
Like all reptiles, turtles can endure long fast even because of its inborn abilities it can endure it even for months. But once food is available, they consume it fast.

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The choice to survive is more apt to the context than of surviving
The second sentence presents a reason for the endurance (in their ability to survive on weekly or even monthly feedings)
So because is preferred over due to

A) fasts, in their ability to survive
Meaning ambiguity: their refers to turtles or reptiles.
B) fasts, having their ability to survive
Meaning ambiguity: their refers to turtles or reptiles.

C) fasts, due to having the ability of surviving
Due to modifies only a noun, but here the second sentence modifies the entire clause.
D) fasts because they are able to survive
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E) fasts because of having the ability of surviving

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Mano Vikramathithan wrote:
Does option A and B has SV Disagreement?


Since the second sentence presents the reason for the endurance, it is an independent clause and so there is indeed an SV Disagreement in the first two options.
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We can arrive the answer easily from two splits.

1. Usage of "Because" which is required here to establish causal relationship
2. Usage of "ability to" Correct Idiom

Answer is D
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New post 01 Aug 2017, 21:33
Hello All,

Below is my understanding, please correct me if I am wrong.

Turtles, like other reptiles, can endure long fasts, in their ability to survive on weekly or even monthly feedings; however, when food is readily available, they may eat frequently and grow very fat.

A) fasts, in their ability to survive
=>"in their" is quite strange.

B) fasts, having their ability to survive
=>"having their ability to survive" sounds awkward and wordy.
Read the sentence can endure long fasts, having their ability to survive on weekly or even monthly feedings.


C) fasts, due to having the ability of surviving
=> Correct Idiom - "ability to" "Ability of" - is unidiomatic. Eliminate it.

D) fasts because they are able to survive
=> short, concise and free from grammatical errors.

E) fasts because of having the ability of surviving.
=> Correct Idiom - "ability to" "Ability of" - is unidiomatic. Eliminate it.

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daagh wrote:
In their ability, having the ability or having their ability are all inferior to "are able" as per the V-A-N rule. So, D


Hi Sir,

I know "in their ability" is not preferred than "are able to" because of the rule you mentioned. But considering the answer A alone, is the form even correct? I mean: can "in their ability..." jumps past the words in between and modifies back to "turtles"? or it incorrectly modifies "long fasts"?

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OFFICIAL EXPLANATION

To express why turtles can endure long fasts— their ability to survive on only occasional feedings—it is clearer and more idiomatic to use because than to use in or having. Also, the noun ability here requires to introducing a noun phrase denoting the nature of the ability.
A In does not express the causal relationship clearly, whereas because does.
B Having does not express the causal relationship clearly.
C Ability of is incorrect; ability must be followed by to in order to express the intended meaning. Due to having the ability is awkward, nonstandard, and unnecessarily wordy.
D Correct. is option uses because to express the causal relation and uses to after ability.
E Ability of is incorrect; ability must be followed by to in order to express the intended meaning. Because of having the ability is awkward, nonstandard, and unnecessarily wordy.
e correct answer is D.
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New post 27 Aug 2018, 10:07
look at choice b
having their ability
is wrong
but
having the ability
is correct.

so choice be wrong because of "their " only
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A) fasts, in their ability to survive
B) fasts, having their ability to survive
C) fasts, due to having the ability of surviving
D) fasts because they are able to survive (correct)
E) fasts because of having the ability of surviving

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