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Post Sun Jul 31, 2016 7:26 am
​​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

OA: D



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Post Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:46 am
richachampion wrote:
​​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
Notice that D offers a VERB FORM (are able), whereas the other answer choices replace this verb form with a NOUN FORM (ability).
Generally, a verb form will be preferable to a noun form.
Since D is free of errors -- and is the only answer choice that offers the verb form are able rather than the noun form ability -- D is by default BETTER than the other options.

The correct answer is D.

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Post Mon Dec 19, 2016 2:18 pm
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richachampion wrote:
​​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
Notice that D offers a VERB FORM (are able), whereas the other answer choices replace this verb form with a NOUN FORM (ability).
Generally, a verb form will be preferable to a noun form.
Since D is free of errors -- and is the only answer choice that offers the verb form are able rather than the noun form ability -- D is by default BETTER than the other options.

The correct answer is D.
Thanks sir, but can you Please check if my answer regarding the explanation of Option A correct, and additionally can you also comment on the Option B = "having"

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Post Sun Dec 18, 2016 2:09 am
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still couldn't get why A and B are incorrect.

Any help will be appreciated.
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Comma + preposition(in their ability to survive) modifies the action that means they are adverbial.

Option A -
Turtles can endure long ​​fasts, in their ability to survive on weekly or even monthly feedings;

This changes the meaning. It states here that turtles endure fast in order to survive, but the intended meaning has nothing to deal with their own survival, but the intended meaning is because they are able to survive on weekly or even monthly feedings therefore they can endure fasts.

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Post Sun Dec 18, 2016 12:20 am
still couldn't get why A and B are incorrect.

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Post Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:19 pm
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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Post Sun Jul 31, 2016 11:48 pm
ans D

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