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

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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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17 Oct 2005, 21:02
A is good.

In B the linguists contend that the world's ........does not make sense.
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17 Oct 2005, 21:05
mahesh004 wrote:
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

D and E distort the original meaning.
using adj in C is not favoured.
between A and B, i would go for A coz it keep the emphasis here by putting " all of the ......" in front of that-clause.
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18 Oct 2005, 08:29
I would say A..no error

B changes the meaning to peoples and not languages.

I didn't look at the rest, because you need "that" in the construction.
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18 Oct 2005, 09:08
A number of linguists contend that all of the thousands of languages spoken by the worldâ€™s six billion people can be traced back to a common root language.

contend that is idiomatic.

Agree with A.
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18 Oct 2005, 11:39
A.

Linguists contend for language and not for people
18 Oct 2005, 11:39
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