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Though the language of Beowulf is practically [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2010, 19:11
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Though the language of Beowulf is practically incomprehensible to contemporary readers, careful linguistic analysis reveals a multitude of similarities to modern English.

• Though the language of Beowulf is practically incomprehensible to contemporary readers, careful linguistic analysis
reveals a multitude of similarities to modern English.
• Despite that it is practically incomprehensible to contemporary readers, careful linguistic analysis reveals that thelanguage of Beowulf has a multitude of similarities to modern English.
• Though being practically incomprehensible to contemporary readers, the language of Beowulf reveals through careful linguistic analysis a multitude of similarities to modern English.
• Though Beowulf has a language that is practically incomprehensible to contemporary readers, a multitude of similarities are revealed to modern English through careful linguistic analysis.
• Despite having practically incomprehensible language to contemporary readers, Beowulf reveals through careful linguistic analysis a multitude of similarities to modern English.


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Re: language of Beowulf [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2010, 22:14
Can you pls explain why OA is A ?
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Re: language of Beowulf [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2010, 22:29
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Though the language of Beowulf is practically incomprehensible to contemporary readers, careful linguistic analysis reveals a multitude of similarities to modern English.

• Though the language of Beowulf is practically incomprehensible to contemporary readers, careful linguistic analysis reveals a multitude of similarities to modern English. - I don't find anything that is glaringly wrong here. So I will keep this for the moment and look at other choices.
• Despite that it is practically incomprehensible to contemporary readers, careful linguistic analysis reveals that the language of Beowulf has a multitude of similarities to modern English. - Awkward usage "despite that it is" - the use of pronoun is uncalled for here.
• Though being practically incomprehensible to contemporary readers, the language of Beowulf reveals through careful linguistic analysis a multitude of similarities to modern English. - I am usually wary of the word BEING but in this context it might be grammatically ok, it is awkward.
• Though Beowulf has a language that is practically incomprehensible to contemporary readers, a multitude of similarities are revealed to modern English through careful linguistic analysis. - "similarities are revealed to modern English" is also weird as it might suggest the changes are revealed to the language instead to a reader. Changes the meaning. It seems to indicate that Beowulf has many languages and one of those is incomprehensible. We want to say that the language of beowulf is incomprehensible. We don't know if beowulf is a country like INDIA or language like Spanish. If its a country then this might make sense but if the original sentence intends this to be a language then it doesn't. Rephrasing - "Though spanish has a language ... " - Not good! "Though India has a language ..." - this sounds OK but we are not sure what beowulf represents.
• Despite having practically incomprehensible language to contemporary readers, Beowulf reveals through careful linguistic analysis a multitude of similarities to modern English. - The same problem as above. Is Beowulf a country or a language? this doesn't even work if it is a country.


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Re: language of Beowulf [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2010, 03:29
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To make life simple, what has to be kept in mind is that the language of Beowulf is being compared with modern English, and that it is the analysis that reveals the similarities.

This thesis is brought out effortlessly in A.

B: Structuring is flawed. Despite is a preposition and has to be followed by a noun or noun phrase and not a clause- that it is

C. faulty because, it says that it is the language of Beowulf that reveals the similarities rather than the critical analysis. A case of altered intent.

D. similarities are revealed to modern English is different from similarities to modern English are revealed. Wrong word order and a case of distorted meaning

E. Same as in C. Beowulf reveals the similarities rather than the analysis. – altered intent.
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Re: language of Beowulf [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2010, 05:03
I picked A too.
you can see errors in other answer choices below

B. Despite that it is
C.Though being
D. are revealed to modern English
E. Beowulf reveals through
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Re: Though the language of Beowulf is practically [#permalink] New post 29 Apr 2012, 22:45
A] Though the language of Beowulf is practically incomprehensible to contemporary readers, careful linguistic analysis reveals a multitude of similarities to modern English.

Though indicates some type of comparison. What is being compared? Language of Beowulf that seem incomprehensible to contemporary reader actually has a lot similarities to modern English. Meaning wise check!

B] Despite that it is practically incomprehensible to contemporary readers, careful linguistic analysis reveals that the language of Beowulf has a multitude of similarities to modern English.

"it" in the beginning is ambiguous pronoun with no clear antecedent. First part is a dangling modifier since it is not describing "careful linguistic analysis"


C] Though being practically incomprehensible to contemporary readers, the language of Beowulf reveals through careful linguistic analysis a multitude of similarities to modern English.

This may not be 100%, but whenever i see "though being" or some type of "being" i mentally put a question mark. Usually this type of sentence structure isn't most concise choice. Also "reveals through careful..." seems wordy and sounds awkward

D] Though Beowulf has a language that is practically incomprehensible to contemporary readers, a multitude of similarities are revealed to modern English through careful linguistic analysis.

Beowulf does NOT "has a language" the book can't possess a language. The second part of the sentence "a multitude of ..." just lack a subject and just seems like a fragment

E] Despite having practically incomprehensible language to contemporary readers, Beowulf reveals through careful linguistic analysis a multitude of similarities to modern English.

Beowulf is singular, can't use have or "having", also Beowulf is a book can't really have or imply possession of "incomprehensible language"

Honestly, i just thought first one sounds better to the ear.....a big no no when come to SC Sad
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