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

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abhishekdadarwal2009 wrote:
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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



Thanks for the reply and correct answer,

And for the reader i'd like to add that

VAN stands for verb > adjective > noun.It says if we are stuck between two options.in that case we should prefer verb over adjective or noun



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Please tell more about VAN rule how to implement it
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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.

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
E) fasts because of having the ability of surviving

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look at E

"Because of doing" involved a hard point of grammar which I dont want to explain here. it take many words to explain this wrong pattern. because the use of doing as participle and gerund is hard to apply.

for simplicity, we can memorize a hard and fast rule. use this rule without considering meaning

"because of+doing+direct object"
is alway wrong on gmat.

because of learning English well , I pass gmat

this is wrong .

so, choice E is wrong.
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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.

POE
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
SVA
E) fasts because of having the ability of surviving

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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.

POE
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
SVA
E) fasts because of having the ability of surviving

Does option A and B has SV Disagreement?
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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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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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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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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
B) fasts, having their ability to survive
C) fasts, due to having the ability of surviving
D) fasts because they are able to survive
E) fasts because of having the ability of surviving

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able to survive is the right idiom , hence QA : D
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