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A number of linguists contend that all of the thousands of languages spoken by the worldâ€™s five billion people can be traced back to a common root language.
(A) that all of the thousands of languages spoken by the worldâ€™s five billion people can be traced
(B) that the worldâ€™s five billion people speak thousands of languages of which all can be traced
(C) the worldâ€™s five billion people speak thousands of languages which are all traceable
(D) all of the thousands of languages spoken by the worldâ€™s five billion people to be traceable
(E) the ability to trace all of the thousands of languages that are spoken by the worldâ€™s five billion people
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25 Aug 2005, 09:17

All other options are either grammatically wrong or meaningless.

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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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25 Aug 2005, 09:17

All other options are either grammatically wrong or meaningless.

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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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25 Aug 2005, 09:34
I like to go for B 'coz its in active voice. I dont find any mistake in the tense or other wise.

In case I'm wrong, please correct me.

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27 Aug 2005, 02:38
crisna
ur reasoning is correct. active should be preferred over passive.
But here A seems better choice
Can any1 give the OA
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03 Dec 2011, 18:56
+1 A

I think that the protagonists in this sentence are the languages. So, we can allow passive voice in this sentence.

Passive voice is not always wrong.
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28 Aug 2013, 00:49
All answers except 'A' are wordy
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29 Jul 2014, 16:45
The difference between A and B is meaning. B says that every person in the world speak thousands of languages. That is not correct.
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20 Sep 2015, 13:32
*That the world's five billion people speak thousands of languages, which can be traced back to a common root*......this would've been correct. *thousands of languages of which all can be traced* is both weird and illogical..

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