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Unique among the Romance languages, Portuguese features days

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Unique among the Romance languages, Portuguese features days [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2013, 22:10
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Unique among the Romance languages, Portuguese features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of their strong mercantile heritage.

A. features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of their strong mercantile heritage

B. features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of its strong mercantile heritage

C. has numbered rather than named its days, evidence of its strong mercantile heritage

D. numbered rather than named its days, out of its strong mercantile heritage

E. features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of the strong Portuguese mercantile heritage
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Re: the Romance languages [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2013, 01:38
Unique among the Romance languages, Portuguese features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of their strong mercantile heritage.

A. features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of their strong mercantile heritage - Portuguese as a Language is Singular, thus ITS must be used.
B. features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of its strong mercantile heritage - Free of any error. Correct placement of STRONG etc
C. has numbered rather than named its days, evidence of its strong mercantile heritage- This option means that the Language (Portuguese) did the numbering on its own, and thus distorts the original meaning
D. numbered rather than named its days, out of its strong mercantile heritage- This option means that the Language (Portuguese) did the numbering on its own, and thus distorts the original meaning
E. features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of the strong Portuguese mercantile heritage - Adjective STRONG is used at a wrong place (before Portuguese). The use would mean that language is strong rather than heritage.

So, IMO, the answer has to be B.

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Re: the Romance languages [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2013, 02:25
You have to repeat Portuguese because it does not make sense to refer to it with "its". In the beginning of the sentence, "Portuguese" refers to the language whereas the "its" in the second part refers to "Portugal" (the mercantile heritage of the language Portuguese does not make sense) therefore you can't use this pronoun. Answer E corrects this issue by adding the adjective "Portuguese"

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E. features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of the strong Portuguese mercantile heritage - Adjective STRONG is used at a wrong place (before Portuguese). The use would mean that language is strong rather than heritage.


I don't think that is a problem, "strong" modifies the whole clause "Portuguese mercantile heritage"
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Re: the Romance languages [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2013, 03:53
Here is the discussion on the same problem
portuguese-heritage-145927.html
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