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# At a conference on the origins of language, the complexity

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At a conference on the origins of language, the complexity of tools 1.75 million years old were said to suggest a level of human development, inconceivable unless they had language.

(A) were said to suggest a level of human development inconceivable unless they had language
(B) were said to suggest that without language their level of human development was not conceivable
(C) was said to be suggestive of a level of human development not conceivable without language
(D) was said to suggest a level of human development inconceivable unless they had language
(E) was said to suggest a level of human development inconceivable without language
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30 May 2007, 18:54
At a conference on the origins of language, the complexity of tools 1.75 million years old were said to suggest a level of human development, inconceivable unless they had language.

(A) were said to suggest a level of human development inconceivable unless they had language
(B) were said to suggest that without language their level of human development was not conceivable

(C) was said to be suggestive of a level of human development not conceivable without language
(D) was said to suggest a level of human development inconceivable unless they had language
(E) was said to suggest a level of human development inconceivable without language

My Answer : C
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31 May 2007, 03:45
(A) were said to suggest a level of human development inconceivable unless they had language
(B) were said to suggest that without language their level of human development was not conceivable
(C) was said to be suggestive of a level of human development not conceivable without language
(D) was said to suggest a level of human development inconceivable unless they had language
(E) was said to suggest a level of human development inconceivable without language

A & B - Subject-Verb - Eliminate.

Left with C, D & E
D - Eliminate - "they" - who?

Left with C & E

"inconceivable" is better than "not conceivable"

Hence E should be the answer.
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31 May 2007, 09:56
E sounds better.

(A) were said to suggest a level of human development inconceivable unless they had language
(B) were said to suggest that without language their level of human development was not conceivable
(C) was said to be suggestive - PASSIVE VOICE of a level of human development not conceivable without language
(D) was said to suggest a level of human development inconceivable unless they -- Referer? had language
(E) was said to suggest a level of human development inconceivable without language
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01 Jun 2007, 05:18
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At a conference on the origins of language, the complexity of tools 1.75 million years old were said to suggest a level of human development, inconceivable unless they had language.

(A) were said to suggest a level of human development inconceivable unless they had language
(B) were said to suggest that without language their level of human development was not conceivable
(C) was said to be suggestive of a level of human development not conceivable without language
(D) was said to suggest a level of human development inconceivable unless they had language
(E) was said to suggest a level of human development inconceivable without language

(C) 'to be suggestive of alevel' is passive and quite wordy
(E) seems the be the correct answer.
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04 Jun 2007, 01:48
I think it is D . "They" is correctly referring to "tools"
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05 Jun 2007, 21:17
OA is E
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05 Jun 2007, 22:34
sorry due to busy schedule i could not post OA .
OA is E

thanks Cass
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07 Jun 2007, 22:23
Balvinder wrote:
At a conference on the origins of language, the complexity of tools 1.75 million years old were said to suggest a level of human development, inconceivable unless they had language.

(A) were said to suggest a level of human development inconceivable unless they had language
(B) were said to suggest that without language their level of human development was not conceivable
(C) was said to be suggestive of a level of human development not conceivable without language
(D) was said to suggest a level of human development inconceivable unless they had language
(E) was said to suggest a level of human development inconceivable without language

A & B are wrong because they use "were" instead of "was"
C is wrong because the use of "suggestive"
D is wrong because of "they"

So, E is the best.
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