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A number of linguists contend that all of the thousands of languages spoken by the world’s five billion people can be traced back to a common root language.
(A) that all of the thousands of languages spoken by the world’s five billion people can be traced
(B) that the world’s five billion people speak thousands of languages of which all can be traced
(C) the world’s five billion people speak thousands of languages which are all traceable
(D) all of the thousands of languages spoken by the world’s five billion people to be traceable
(E) the ability to trace all of the thousands of languages that are spoken by the world’s five billion people
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2005, 20:02
A is good.

In B the linguists contend that the world's ........does not make sense.
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Re: SC 3 [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2005, 20:05
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A number of linguists contend that all of the thousands of languages spoken by the world’s five billion people can be traced back to a common root language.
(A) that all of the thousands of languages spoken by the world’s five billion people can be traced
(B) that the world’s five billion people speak thousands of languages of which all can be traced
(C) the world’s five billion people speak thousands of languages which are all traceable
(D) all of the thousands of languages spoken by the world’s five billion people to be traceable
(E) the ability to trace all of the thousands of languages that are spoken by the world’s five billion people


D and E distort the original meaning.
using adj in C is not favoured.
between A and B, i would go for A coz it keep the emphasis here by putting " all of the ......" in front of that-clause.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2005, 07:29
I would say A..no error

B changes the meaning to peoples and not languages.

I didn't look at the rest, because you need "that" in the construction.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2005, 08:08
A number of linguists contend that all of the thousands of languages spoken by the world’s six billion people can be traced back to a common root language.

contend that is idiomatic.

Agree with A.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2005, 10:39
A.

Linguists contend for language and not for people
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