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

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157. 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 thouÂ¬sands 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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19 Aug 2005, 15:09
A it is...

We need "contend that"

E is wrong, linguists can not contend the ability...
D is weird to be tracable...
C is creating a restrictive clause with WHICH. In GMAT restrictive clause will always start with THATand non-restrictive clause wil always start with WHICH.
B - of which all is weird. You need all of which... X of many...
and moreober, the subject of the sentence is "languages" not "people" because that is what linguists are contending about...
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19 Aug 2005, 19:24
A , error free, has proper use of subject and object.
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20 Aug 2005, 04:57
riteshgupta1 wrote:
A it is...

We need "contend that"

E is wrong, linguists can not contend the ability...
D is weird to be tracable...
C is creating a restrictive clause with WHICH. In GMAT restrictive clause will always start with THATand non-restrictive clause wil always start with WHICH.
B - of which all is weird. You need all of which... X of many...
and moreober, the subject of the sentence is "languages" not "people" because that is what linguists are contending about...

Ritesh can which refer to noun clause?
can you help with some example/
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31 Aug 2005, 16:38
saurya_s wrote:
riteshgupta1 wrote:
A it is...

We need "contend that"

E is wrong, linguists can not contend the ability...
D is weird to be tracable...
C is creating a restrictive clause with WHICH. In GMAT restrictive clause will always start with THATand non-restrictive clause wil always start with WHICH.
B - of which all is weird. You need all of which... X of many...
and moreober, the subject of the sentence is "languages" not "people" because that is what linguists are contending about...

Ritesh can which refer to noun clause?
can you help with some example/
S

No in GMAT, which needs a noun. Usually it starts a non-restrictive clause and almost always follows a comma.
31 Aug 2005, 16:38
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