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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 worlds five billion people can be traced back to a common root language.

A. that all of the thousands of languages spoken by the worlds five billion people can be traced

B. that the worlds five billion people speak thousands of languages of which all can be traced

C. the worlds five billion people speak thousands of languages which are all traceable

D. all of the thousands of languages spoken by the worlds five billion people to be traceable

E. the ability to trace all of the thousands of languages that are spoken by the worlds five billion people
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23 Oct 2006, 19:53
need contend - that . So C, D and E are out.
Between A and B, A.
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23 Oct 2006, 19:56
A seems fine.

Format: They contend that X can be traced to Y.
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23 Oct 2006, 20:01
Apostrophes are missing in both A and B

I would go with A.
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24 Oct 2006, 12:33
Can somebody explain why the passive form is preferred on this option?
between A and B
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25 Oct 2006, 09:37
A for me.

Please explain why they are not using apostrophe for worlds like worlds'?
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25 Oct 2006, 17:58
...that A it is, is unquestionable here.
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25 Oct 2006, 23:40
although passively constructed, (A) stands here because of the correct becuase "contend that + theory"

5 billion people (actually over 6 billion now) is not what the linguists are emphasizing.
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26 Oct 2006, 03:56
ugo_castelo wrote:
Can somebody explain why the passive form is preferred on this option?
between A and B

As GMATT73 has explained, it is the thousands of languages that can be traced rather than the 5 or 6 billion people themselves. The number of people is mentioned to qualify the languages part.
Take away the people part, you'll still retain meaning; but take away the languages part and the sentence falls apart.
26 Oct 2006, 03:56
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