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# A number of linguists contend that all of the thousands of

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16.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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20 Sep 2011, 07:05
I chose A because Content that is correct...
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21 Sep 2011, 10:50
Yes. You do require the introductory connector ‘that’ in all reported speeches, lest it should become a run-on or an informal spoken form. . The choice is therefore limited to A and B

Between A and B: In B ‘speak thousands of languages of which all’ is weird and meaningless; ‘All of which’ is the right expression

A is left with a forthright presentation
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23 Sep 2013, 07:16
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Yes. You do require the introductory connector ‘that’ in all reported speeches, lest it should become a run-on or an informal spoken form. . The choice is therefore limited to A and B

Between A and B: In B ‘speak thousands of languages of which all’ is weird and meaningless; ‘All of which’ is the right expression

A is left with a forthright presentation

I choose A but what is the problem with E?
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24 Sep 2013, 22:06
The issue is not about the linguist’s contending their ability to trace back something to something. It is a general statement to say that these languages can be traced to a common root. By shifting the focus to the linguist’s ability, the meaning is altered.
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