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Each child in a group of toddlers was taught a bunch of words gathered

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Each child in a group of toddlers was taught a bunch of words gathered from various languages. It was observed that to learn the native words, toddlers over three years took less time than those below three years of age. However, while memorizing the foreign words, toddlers below the age of three years performed better.

Which of the following, if true, best explains the differences in performance of toddlers above three years and toddlers below three years?

A- The foreign words were shorter than the native words.

B- Toddlers above three years have more developed memories than toddlers below the age of three.

C- By the age of three, most toddlers develop a sense of native sound and can identify foreign sounds.

D- Toddlers below the age of three generally have sharper grasping abilities than the toddlers above the age of three.

E- The meanings of native words were easier to comprehend than the meanings of foreign words.

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Each child in a group of toddlers was taught a bunch of words gathered from various languages. It was observed that to learn the native words, toddlers over three years took less time than those below three years of age. However, while memorizing the foreign words, toddlers below the age of three years performed better.

Which of the following, if true, best explains the differences in performance of toddlers above three years and toddlers below three years?

A- The foreign words were shorter than the native words.

B- Toddlers above three years have more developed memories than toddlers below the age of three.

C- By the age of three, most toddlers develop a sense of native sound and can identify foreign sounds.

D- Toddlers below the age of three generally have sharper grasping abilities than the toddlers above the age of three.

E- The meanings of native words were easier to comprehend than the meanings of foreign words.


Let's break down our question:
1. groups of toddlers taught words
2. toddlers over three faster with native words
3. toddlers under three faster with foreign words

As we aren't explicitly given any logical connections to work with, we have no choice but to look at each of our answer choices.
This is an Alternative approach.

A- The foreign words were shorter than the native words. What does this have to do with the age of 3?
B- Toddlers above three years have more developed memories than toddlers below the age of three. How does this explain speed learning foreign words?
C- By the age of three, most toddlers develop a sense of native sound and can identify foreign sounds. This could help by explaining why toddlers over 3 'focus on' native sounds and 'throw away' others. Let's check the other options.
D- Toddlers below the age of three generally have sharper grasping abilities than the toddlers above the age of three. So why are they slower with native words?
E- The meanings of native words were easier to comprehend than the meanings of foreign words. What does this have to do with the age of 3?

(C) is the only relevant option.
Note that only (B) and (C) mention both the age and foreign/native in the same sentence.... meaning we should have eliminated everything else with minimal effort.
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