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Australian Aboriginal languages and are native to Australia

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Australian Aboriginal languages and are native to Australia [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2007, 07:11
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Australian Aboriginal languages and are native to Australia and a few nearby islands, but exclude any languages of Tasmania, comprising several language families.

A. Australian Aboriginal languages and are native to Australia and a few nearby islands, but exclude any languages of Tasmania, comprising several language families.

B. Native to Australia and a few nearby islands, Australian Aboriginal languages exclude any languages of Tasmania, comprising several language families.

C. Comprising several language families and a few nearby islands, Australian Aboriginal languages exclude any languages of Tasmania native to Australia.

D. Comprising several language families, the Australian Aboriginal languages are native to Australia and a few nearby islands, but exclude any languages of Tasmania.

E. Excluding Tasmania, native to Australia and a few nearby islands, comprising several language families, are the Australian Aboriginal languages.
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2007, 07:58
A is clearly wrong with wordy "and" etc

B) Wrong comparison. You cannot compare Australia and nearby islands to languages.

C) sounds like languages of Tasmania are native to Australia

D) Correct to me. Correct comparison of several language families to Australian Aborginal languages and correct use of "but" for contrast.

E) Sounds awkward
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Re: SC-Australia languages [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2007, 08:04
Assume the "and" in A is a typo, if it is not a typo, then is clearly a wrong answer.

A. Australian Aboriginal languages are native to Australia and a few nearby islands, but exclude any languages of Tasmania, comprising several language families.
[Misplaced modifier - "comprising several"]

B. Native to Australia and a few nearby islands, Australian Aboriginal languages exclude any languages of Tasmania, comprising several language families.
[Misplaced modifier - "comprising several"]

C. Comprising several language families and a few nearby islands, Australian Aboriginal languages exclude any languages of Tasmania native to Australia.
[ Mixes up locations and language families - distorts meaning]

D. Comprising several language families, the Australian Aboriginal languages are native to Australia and a few nearby islands, but exclude any languages of Tasmania.
[ Best answer? ]

E. Excluding Tasmania, native to Australia and a few nearby islands, comprising several language families, are the Australian Aboriginal languages.
[ Awkward -construction]
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Re: SC-Australia languages [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2007, 08:31
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Australian Aboriginal languages and are native to Australia and a few nearby islands, but exclude any languages of Tasmania, comprising several language families.

A. Australian Aboriginal languages and are native to Australia and a few nearby islands, but exclude any languages of Tasmania, comprising several language families.

B. Native to Australia and a few nearby islands, Australian Aboriginal languages exclude any languages of Tasmania, comprising several language families.

C. Comprising several language families and a few nearby islands, Australian Aboriginal languages exclude any languages of Tasmania native to Australia.

D. Comprising several language families, the Australian Aboriginal languages are native to Australia and a few nearby islands, but exclude any languages of Tasmania.

E. Excluding Tasmania, native to Australia and a few nearby islands, comprising several language families, are the Australian Aboriginal languages.


My take is D :)
Re: SC-Australia languages   [#permalink] 31 Oct 2007, 08:31
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