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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
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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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To show the reason of Turtle's survival, we need 'because'. A, B and C are out

'able to' is the correct idiom. E is out

D is the answer
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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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Turtles, like other reptiles, can endure long fasts because they are able to survive on weekly or even monthly feedings; however, when food is readily available, they may eat frequently and grow very fat.

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

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

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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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The red part in options B,C and E just doesn't sound right to my ear. But, I am not able to pinpoint the error(s). Can you please help me do that.

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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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The red part in options B,C and E just doesn't sound right to my ear. But, I am not able to pinpoint the error(s). Can you please help me do that.

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B) “having” and “being” are awkward in general, and should normally be avoided because they are passive / wordy.
C) same as B but more wordy
E) same as C
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B) “having” and “being” are awkward in general, and should normally be avoided because they are passive / wordy.
C) same as B but more wordy
E) same as C


Can we think of any other reasons apart from generalising "having" and "being" as awkward. I find it really hard to eliminate such options on ground of pure logic.

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B) “having” and “being” are awkward in general, and should normally be avoided because they are passive / wordy.
C) same as B but more wordy
E) same as C


Can we think of any other reasons apart from generalising "having" and "being" as awkward. I find it really hard to eliminate such options on ground of pure logic.


It's not just awkward; it's also wordy and passive.

"Because of there being no other explanation, this is the best reason that I have."

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"This is the best reason I have, because there is no other explanation."

I think that the 2nd choice is obviously better here.
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B) “having” and “being” are awkward in general, and should normally be avoided because they are passive / wordy.
C) same as B but more wordy
E) same as C


Can we think of any other reasons apart from generalising "having" and "being" as awkward. I find it really hard to eliminate such options on ground of pure logic.


It's not just awkward; it's also wordy and passive.

"Because of there being no other explanation, this is the best reason that I have."
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"This is the best reason I have, because there is no other explanation."
I think that the 2nd choice is obviously better here.


Thanks mcelroytutoring. What do you think of "because of having" in option E. Can I safely categorise it under "because of verb-ing" and say that it is incorrect?

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Is "in their ability to survive" an incorrect idiom usage? Is the below statement incorrect?

In their ability to survive, turtles can endure long fasts, keeping them alive for a considerable amount of time

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The red part in options B,C and E just doesn't sound right to my ear. But, I am not able to pinpoint the error(s). Can you please help me do that.
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In C & E, "ability of" is not used correctly. "ability to" is the correct usage. For B, the only reason for me is also "not sounding correct"

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The red part in options B,C and E just doesn't sound right to my ear. But, I am not able to pinpoint the error(s). Can you please help me do that.
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In C & E, "ability of" is not used correctly. "ability to" is the correct usage. For B, the only reason for me is also "not sounding correct"

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alwaysnewbie Can you shed light on the correct usage of "ability to" . Afaik, "ability to" is a correct idiom whereas we cannot say "ability of" or "ability for". I would like you to please help me explain what's wrong with "ability to" here.
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alwaysnewbie Can you shed light on the correct usage of "ability to" . Afaik, "ability to" is a correct idiom whereas we cannot say "ability of" or "ability for". I would like you to please help me explain what's wrong with "ability to" here.
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In choices C & E, "ability of" is used. I am highlighting that other than being awkward (having), we do have the idiomatic error ("ability of") also to eliminate these choices.
If the answer choices used "ability to", the only reason to eliminate would be "being awkward" (at least for me).
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Thanks for the clarification alwaysnewbie I read options A and B instead of options C and E.

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I have a doubt here.

Normally being and having considered passive, we avoid them. Apart from this , we have ability to do something is a right idiom. ; Hence we left out with A and D.

I am not able to find any mistake in A, apart from being awkward. Had the sentence written as

In their ability to survive on weekly or even monthly feedings , Turtles, like other reptiles, can endure long ​​fasts.

Would this be still awkward to you.

What is the other error , which I am missing in A.

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I have a doubt here.

Normally being and having considered passive, we avoid them. Apart from this , we have ability to do something is a right idiom. ; Hence we left out with A and D.

I am not able to find any mistake in A, apart from being awkward. Had the sentence written as

In their ability to survive on weekly or even monthly feedings , Turtles, like other reptiles, can endure long ​​fasts.

Would this be still awkward to you.

What is the other error , which I am missing in A.


Yes it would still be wrong. "In their ability" does not make any clear sense. Consider the following:
He can solve mathematical problems fast in his ability to analyse systematically........ this sentence does not make any clear sense.
He can solve mathematical problems fast because he is able to analyse systematically..... correct.

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B) fasts, having their ability to survive
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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,

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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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My two cents -

Option A reads something like this -

"in their ability to survive ..., turtles can endure long fasts". The preposition "in" seems to imply that "can endure long fasts" is part of their ability to survive. Does not make sense.

Option B -
"having their ability ..." - I think that "their" is unnecessary. It is obvious that turtles have their own ability.

Option C -
"due to" is a noun modifier. It illogically modifies "long fasts". long fasts are not due to the turtle's ability.
"ability of surviving" is not idiomatic.

Option D -
correct answer. "because" brings out the causal relationship quite clearly.

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ability of surviving is unidiomatic.
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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.

Meaning Analysis :
Turtles are same like reptiles, can endure long fasts as they have ability to survive even on monthly feedings.

A) fasts, in their ability to survive - Prepositional phrase ( parallelism )
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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