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Columnist: The winner of this year's national spelling bee

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New post 03 Sep 2009, 12:08
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Can you infer something that is stated?

The OA is D

It's not explicitly stated. Inferences are "almost" stated, but not written in the form of a statement.
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Only D can be inferred from the stimulus. By POE, I was able to eliminate all the out of scope and irrelevant choices. D stands out.
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Go for D. What I can infer from the passage: spelling foreign words require knowledge of linguistics and international phonetics.
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Columnist: The winner of this year's national spelling bee won by correctly spelling the spoken word Ursprache, which means "fame" in German. Given the richness of our language, why must we resort to words taken from modern foreign languages to challenge our best spellers? Ursprache is listed in our dictionary, as are words from many other foreign languages, but future spelling bees should limit themselves to words in our dictionary that have been anglicized in all aspects because spelling English words, not knowledge of linguistics and international phonetics, is the point of these contests.

Which of the following can most reasonably be inferred from the argument above?
a)The spelling contest winner knew how to spell most of the anglicized words in the dictionary.
b)Foreign words are more difficult than anglicized words for all contestants to spell.
c)Spelling contestant winners should be determined by their facility with all aspects of language.
d)To spell foreign words, contestants must recognize the language and know its pronunciation.
e)The English language contains more borrowed words than most other languages.



The essence of this argument lies in its first line wherein the author/columnist is stating that the spelling bee winner won by spelling the spoken word correctly. So he must have deduced the spelling from the pronunciation of the judge. Hence D fits the bill.

Choice A - not necessary - we can't deduce the information from the argument.
Choice B - again it mentions richness in the native language and blah blah but doesn't draw a comparison
Choice C - cant deduce that
Choice E - cant deduce that
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Columnist: The winner of this year's national spelling bee won by correctly spelling the spoken word Ursprache, which means "fame" in German. Given the richness of our language, why must we resort to words taken from modern foreign languages to challenge our best spellers? Ursprache is listed in our dictionary, as are words from many other foreign languages, but future spelling bees should limit themselves to words in our dictionary that have been anglicized in all aspects because spelling English words, not knowledge of linguistics and international phonetics, is the point of these contests.

Which of the following can most reasonably be inferred from the argument above?
a)The spelling contest winner knew how to spell most of the anglicized words in the dictionary.
b)Foreign words are more difficult than anglicized words for all contestants to spell.
c)Spelling contestant winners should be determined by their facility with all aspects of language.
d)To spell foreign words, contestants must recognize the language and know its pronunciation.
e)The English language contains more borrowed words than most other languages.



The correct answer here is D. The contestant here has to know all the aspects of word such as in which language does it belong and the phonetics. However spelling be contest are designed to test the contestants spelling capability regardless of other aspects of the word. And most of the words from other foreign languages are already been anglicized in the english language dictionary. Hence the correct choice which represent what all contestant has to know apart from the spelling word.


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Columnist: The winner of this year's national spelling bee won by correctly spelling the spoken word Ursprache, which means "fame" in German. Given the richness of our language, why must we resort to words taken from modern foreign languages to challenge our best spellers? Ursprache is listed in our dictionary, as are words from many other foreign languages, but future spelling bees should limit themselves to words in our dictionary that have been anglicized in all aspects because spelling English words, not knowledge of linguistics and international phonetics, is the point of these contests.

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Which of the following can most reasonably be inferred from the argument above?
a)The spelling contest winner knew how to spell most of the anglicized words in the dictionary. - This may be true but is not must be true
b)Foreign words are more difficult than anglicized words for all contestants to spell. - Out of scope
c)Spelling contestant winners should be determined by their facility with all aspects of language. - it's nearly impossible for a statement containing "should" to be required . Also this goes against what the argument says
d)To spell foreign words, contestants must recognize the language and know its pronunciation. - the mention of "knowledge of linguistics and international phonetics" in the passage; this implies that correct spelling of foreign (non-english) words requires such knowledge.
e)The English language contains more borrowed words than most other languages. - Out of scope

Answer D
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I took 4 mins to choose the correct answer. I'm getting too slow. :(
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D is the answer.

A: Here, the winner doesn't have to know how to spell most of the anglicized words in the dictionary.

B: Here, It is not necessary that all of the contestant will find foreign words more difficult.

C: Here, this is what author is against of.

D: This is correct answer, the author wants to exclude foreign words because author wants spelling bee should be based on spelling ability , not on the "knowledge of linguistics and international Phonetics."

E: This might be true but not necessarily.
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Columnist: The winner of this year's national spelling bee won by correctly spelling the spoken word Ursprache, which means "fame" in German. Given the richness of our language, why must we resort to words taken from modern foreign languages to challenge our best spellers? Ursprache is listed in our dictionary, as are words from many other foreign languages, but future spelling bees should limit themselves to words in our dictionary that have been anglicized in all aspects because spelling English words, not knowledge of linguistics and international phonetics, is the point of these contests.

Which of the following can most reasonably be inferred from the argument above?
a)The spelling contest winner knew how to spell most of the anglicized words in the dictionary.
b)Foreign words are more difficult than anglicized words for all contestants to spell.
c)Spelling contestant winners should be determined by their facility with all aspects of language.
d)To spell foreign words, contestants must recognize the language and know its pronunciation.
e)The English language contains more borrowed words than most other languages.


The argument states that spelling English words, not knowledge of linguistics and international phonetics, is the point of these contests.

Option D states "To spell foreign words, contestants must recognize the language and know its pronunciation".If this is not the case why would the author state that the foreign words should not be included in the competition mentioning the premise that spelling English words, not knowledge of linguistics and international phonetics, is the point of these contests.
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