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Re: English language scholars generally agree that the modern English lang [#permalink]
please explain why not d in question 6 . how is it a ?
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Re: English language scholars generally agree that the modern English lang [#permalink]
UT1976 wrote:
please explain why not d in question 6 . how is it a ?
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Explanation

6. The primary purpose of the passage is to do which of the following?

Option (A) states that the primary purpose of the passage is to caution against making a historical judgment without considering further linguistic evidence. This option accurately captures the central theme of the passage. The passage presents different theories and hypotheses regarding the lack of Celtic influence on the English language. It emphasizes that scholars have been unable to definitively explain the scarcity of Celtic words in English and that the mystery remains unsolved. By highlighting the uncertainty and lack of certainty in existing explanations, the passage cautions against making historical judgments without considering additional linguistic evidence that may shed further light on the topic.

Option (B) suggests that the primary purpose of the passage is to introduce a new theory and support it with linguistic evidence. However, the passage does not present a new theory. It examines existing theories proposed by scholars and critically evaluates their merits. While it does provide linguistic evidence to support certain arguments, its main focus is on presenting and comparing different theories rather than introducing a new one.

Option (C) states that the primary purpose of the passage is to defend a scholarly position by citing leading authorities in the field. While the passage does mention leading linguistic scholar David Crystal and presents his disagreement with a particular hypothesis, the primary purpose is not to defend a scholarly position. Instead, it aims to explore and examine different theories and present evidence related to the lack of Celtic influence on the English language.

Option (D) suggests that the primary purpose of the passage is to dispute a long-held scholarly position by disproving the linguistic evidence in support of it. However, the passage does not seek to disprove a long-held position but rather presents different theories and critically evaluates their strengths and weaknesses. While it challenges the notion that the lack of Celtic influence is solely due to the conquered status of the Celts, it does not dismiss or disprove the existing linguistic evidence.

Option (E) states that the primary purpose of the passage is to compare several theories and argue in support of one of them. While the passage does compare different theories, it does not explicitly argue in support of one particular theory. Instead, it raises questions, presents evidence, and leaves the mystery unresolved, cautioning against reaching definitive conclusions based on the available evidence.

In summary, option (A) is the correct choice because the primary purpose of the passage is to caution against making a historical judgment without considering further linguistic evidence. The passage presents different theories, challenges existing explanations, and emphasizes the unsolved nature of the mystery surrounding the lack of Celtic words in the English language. The other options do not accurately capture the central theme and focus of the passage.

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Re: English language scholars generally agree that the modern English lang [#permalink]
UT1976 wrote:
please explain why not d in question 6 . how is it a ?
thanks

Explanation

6. The primary purpose of the passage is to do which of the following?

Option (A) states that the primary purpose of the passage is to caution against making a historical judgment without considering further linguistic evidence. This option accurately captures the central theme of the passage. The passage presents different theories and hypotheses regarding the lack of Celtic influence on the English language. It emphasizes that scholars have been unable to definitively explain the scarcity of Celtic words in English and that the mystery remains unsolved. By highlighting the uncertainty and lack of certainty in existing explanations, the passage cautions against making historical judgments without considering additional linguistic evidence that may shed further light on the topic.

Option (B) suggests that the primary purpose of the passage is to introduce a new theory and support it with linguistic evidence. However, the passage does not present a new theory. It examines existing theories proposed by scholars and critically evaluates their merits. While it does provide linguistic evidence to support certain arguments, its main focus is on presenting and comparing different theories rather than introducing a new one.

Option (C) states that the primary purpose of the passage is to defend a scholarly position by citing leading authorities in the field. While the passage does mention leading linguistic scholar David Crystal and presents his disagreement with a particular hypothesis, the primary purpose is not to defend a scholarly position. Instead, it aims to explore and examine different theories and present evidence related to the lack of Celtic influence on the English language.

Option (D) suggests that the primary purpose of the passage is to dispute a long-held scholarly position by disproving the linguistic evidence in support of it. However, the passage does not seek to disprove a long-held position but rather presents different theories and critically evaluates their strengths and weaknesses. While it challenges the notion that the lack of Celtic influence is solely due to the conquered status of the Celts, it does not dismiss or disprove the existing linguistic evidence.

Option (E) states that the primary purpose of the passage is to compare several theories and argue in support of one of them. While the passage does compare different theories, it does not explicitly argue in support of one particular theory. Instead, it raises questions, presents evidence, and leaves the mystery unresolved, cautioning against reaching definitive conclusions based on the available evidence.

In summary, option (A) is the correct choice because the primary purpose of the passage is to caution against making a historical judgment without considering further linguistic evidence. The passage presents different theories, challenges existing explanations, and emphasizes the unsolved nature of the mystery surrounding the lack of Celtic words in the English language. The other options do not accurately capture the central theme and focus of the passage.