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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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30 Mar 2007, 05:49
Idiom: Contend + "that"
POE: throw away C, D ,and E

A is better than B because the issue concerns the languages spoken more than who speaks the languages. So, the rthe linguists primarily contend something about the languages. "which all can be traced" is awkward and incorrect.

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30 Mar 2007, 09:50
Should be 'A'.
Close call between A and B.

Using of active voice is not always correct. Yes active voice is preferred to the passive voice as long as active voice conveys the meaning emphatically.

Here the object in light is 'Languages' not the 'People'. So passive voice is preferred.
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30 Jun 2007, 23:17
LM 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

Contend that is the idiom. I eliminated B because which was not preceded by a comma.

What is the correct usage of of which?
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06 Aug 2007, 07:14
bmwhype2 wrote:
LM 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

Contend that is the idiom. I eliminated B because which was not preceded by a comma.

What is the correct usage of of which?

which is correctly used here because it is preceeded by a prepostion. but I now see why B is wrong.
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06 Aug 2007, 07:19
So the use of "which" preceded by a preposition is always correct

bmwhype2 wrote:
bmwhype2 wrote:
LM 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

Contend that is the idiom. I eliminated B because which was not preceded by a comma.

What is the correct usage of of which?

which is correctly used here because it is preceeded by a prepostion. but I now see why B is wrong.
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06 Aug 2007, 07:26
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So the use of "which" preceded by a preposition is always correct

bmwhype2 wrote:
bmwhype2 wrote:
LM 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

Contend that is the idiom. I eliminated B because which was not preceded by a comma.

What is the correct usage of of which?

which is correctly used here because it is preceeded by a prepostion. but I now see why B is wrong.

depends on the context. we cant say through/in/over/under which in B.
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06 Aug 2007, 09:08
Going with A
B, C, D are verbose and E is having different meaning.
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08 Jan 2008, 14:43
Well..if we consider modifier subject closeness rule, doesn't B make more sense than A? The modifier "all can be traced" is placed closer to the subject "languages" that it is in A.
Moreover A is passive.

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27 May 2008, 21:00

"Which" seems to be referring back to people moreover needs a comma.
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