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# Even though their structure and alphabet are not similar to those of

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Even though their structure and alphabet are not similar to those of Romance languages, the Russian language has many parallels to French.

A) Even though their structure and alphabet are
B) Even though structurally and alphabetically it is
C) Though it has a structure and an alphabet that is
D) Although its structure and alphabet are
E) While there are structures and alphabets that are

Please provide the explanation with the choice you mark as correct.
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07 Nov 2014, 13:05
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Even though their structure and alphabet are not similar to those of Romance languages, the Russian language has many parallels to French.

A) Even though their structure and alphabet are
Wrong. The Russian language is singular --> "their" is wrong.

B) Even though structurally and alphabetically it is
Wrong. Awkward & not parallel.

C) Though it has a structure and an alphabet that is
Wrong. "a structure and an alphabet " is plural.

D) Although its structure and alphabet are
Correct.

E) While there are structures and alphabets that are
Wrong. Need a contrast. --> "while" is not correct. In addition, E does not keep parallel structure "X are not similar to Y".

Hope it helps.
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16 Nov 2014, 02:16
pqhai wrote:
Even though their structure and alphabet are not similar to those of Romance languages, the Russian language has many parallels to French.

A) Even though their structure and alphabet are
Wrong. The Russian language is singular --> "their" is wrong.

B) Even though structurally and alphabetically it is
Wrong. Awkward & not parallel.

C) Though it has a structure and an alphabet that is
Wrong. "a structure and an alphabet " is plural.

D) Although its structure and alphabet are
Correct.

E) While there are structures and alphabets that are
Wrong. Need a contrast. --> "while" is not correct. In addition, E does not keep parallel structure "X are not similar to Y".

Hope it helps.

I have a doubt in option 'D'.
Isn't it that the possessive pronoun 'its' should have a possessive noun antecedent?(which is of-course not there).
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16 Nov 2014, 02:39
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I have a doubt in option 'D'.
Isn't it that the possessive pronoun 'its' should have a possessive noun antecedent?(which is of-course not there).

this concept which you are applying is NOT correct. the rule is that subject pronouns cannot refer to possessive noun antecedent . ALSO possessive pronoun can refer to possessive noun antecedent. however possessive pronoun can ALSO refer to subject noun antecedent
here "its" can very well refer to "the Russian language"
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solitaryreaper wrote:
Even though their structure and alphabet are not similar to those of Romance languages, the Russian language has many parallels to French.

A) Even though their structure and alphabet are
B) Even though structurally and alphabetically it is
C) Though it has a structure and an alphabet that is
D) Although its structure and alphabet are
E) While there are structures and alphabets that are

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION

D. Your first Decision Point should be a singular-vs.-plural one, either regarding the presence of "their" in A and "it" in B or the difference between "are" in A, D, and E and "is" in B and C. Noting these differences should help you calibrate your mind toward singular vs. plural.

A is incorrect, as "their" does match "the Russian language" in number. C is incorrect because "a structure and an alphabet that is..." requires the plural verb "are".

B is incorrect because it mistakes the comparison, comparing "the Russian language" (via the pronoun "it") to "those of" (meaning the alphabet and structure of) Romance languages. And E creates an illogical sentence and meaning, treating the first and second halves of the sentence as entirely separate. By using the pronoun "its" to connect the Russian language to the first half of the sentence, D is correct.
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13 Jun 2018, 02:37
Even though their structure and alphabet are not similar to those of Romance languages, the Russian language has many parallels to French.

A) Even though their structure and alphabet are
-- "its" should be used instead of "their"
B) Even though structurally and alphabetically it is
-- we need to compare structure not the language.
C) Though it has a structure and an alphabet that is
-- "that" refers to "structure and alphabet" and so should take "are"
D) Although its structure and alphabet are
E) While there are structures and alphabets that are
-- "structures and alphabets" of what??
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