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03 Jun 2004, 19:53
The mistakes children make in learning to speak tell linguists more about how they learn language than the correct forms they use.

(B) how children learn language than how they learn the correct forms they use.
(C) how children learn language than do the correct forms they use.
(D) how children learn language than how they use the correct forms.
(E) how children learn language than they use the correct forms.
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03 Jun 2004, 23:40
I believe B is the answer.
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03 Jun 2004, 23:48
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The mistakes children make in learning to speak tell linguists more about how they learn language than the correct forms they use.

(B) how children learn language than how they learn the correct forms they use.
(C) how children learn language than do the correct forms they use.
(D) how children learn language than how they use the correct forms.
(E) how children learn language than they use the correct forms.

I think that the correct answer is C:

If we simplify the sentence in the following way "The mistakes... tell more... than the correct forms do[tell]"
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04 Jun 2004, 00:03
SmashingGrace's line of reasoning is more cogent than mine. C is the answer.
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04 Jun 2004, 00:04
Becoolja,

Do you think you can tell us the correct answer?
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04 Jun 2004, 00:57
Yep....I have an anwer but I won't tell you now
I wish many people to discuss before showing the correct answer

Wait for a while na krub.
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04 Jun 2004, 01:50
becoolja wrote:
Yep....I have an anwer but I won't tell you now
I wish many people to discuss before showing the correct answer

Wait for a while na krub.

becoolja,

What is 'na krub'?
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04 Jun 2004, 01:53
becoolja wrote:
Yep....I have an anwer but I won't tell you now
I wish many people to discuss before showing the correct answer

Wait for a while na krub.

becoolja,

What is 'na krub'?
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04 Jun 2004, 03:15
I also initially chose (B) but on carefull inspection (C) looks better.
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04 Jun 2004, 05:41
'than' is used to compare two things
The mistakes children make in learning to speak tell linguists more about
how --- than how ----

A â€“ â€˜theyâ€™ not showing clear reference â€“ children or linguist
B- redundant use of â€˜theyâ€™
E- awkward

Between C and D
In C, â€˜doâ€™ after than makes an awkward sentence

D â€“ I will go with. D has a parallel structure
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04 Jun 2004, 12:42
I will go with D.

In choice C, they refers to linguists or children. I am not sure and also D is parallel. So D sounds better.
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04 Jun 2004, 14:01
The mistakes children make in learning to speak tell linguists more about how they learn language than the correct forms they use

(B) how children learn language than how they learn the correct forms they use.
-- They is ambiguous here, also makes you think linguists are interested in knowing "how children learn the correct forms". Which is essentially same as saying "hildren learn language" twice. We should be looking for a contrast. Hence B is wrong

(C) how children learn language than do the correct forms they use.

-- Again they is ambiguous and do is un necessary. Remember we are trying to establish a contrast here.

(D) how children learn language than how they use the correct forms.

BINGO, sentence is parallel also gives you a nice contrast "More about X than Y", where X and Y contrast each other.

(E) how children learn language than they use the correct forms.[/quote]

-- Again they is ambiguous and sentence is not clear
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04 Jun 2004, 17:00
Would have gone for B but SmashingGrace's reasoning looked valid and brilliant.

Should be C.
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05 Jun 2004, 20:16

/*
We normally only have inversion here if we are comparing subjects of the verb, not objects. For example, in the following two sentences, we are comparing objects, carrots and potatoes, not the subject I.:

- I like carrots more than I do potatoes.

- I like carrots more than do I like potatoes.
*/

So from this verb - sub inversion is only possible if we r comparing subjects and not objects.

So choice C goes out of scope. Chioce B is incorrect because it changes the meaning to ' how the children learn the correct form they use'
rather than 'how the children use the correct form'.
Chioce D seems parallel so probably the right answer.

What is the OA?
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07 Jun 2004, 05:40
Sorry for my late reply na krub
What's " na krub"? ie ie ie
Na Krub is a very polite Thai word using at the end of our speaking

OK..get to the point!!

QA isssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss " C"

D is a tricky one It seems a good parallelism but we have to consider the meaning of the sentence. What do we compare?

We compare " The mistakes children make " with " The correct form they use" so "C" is the correct answer. You can read the analysis written by Smashinggrace as above

Have a good day na krub
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