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Nobody knows exactly how many languages there are in the world, partly because of the difficulty of distinguishing between a language and the sub-languages or dialects within it, but those who have tried to count typically have found about five thousand.

A. and the sub-languages or dialects within it, but those who have tried to count typically have found

B. and the sub-languages or dialects within them, with those who have tried counting typically finding

C. and the sub-languages or dialects within it, but those who have tried counting it typically find

D. or the sub-languages or dialects within them, but those who tried to count them typically found

E. or the sub-languages or dialects within them, with those who have tried to count typically finding

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Can somebody explain i option A - ",but" makes the second clause as independent clause but i don't think it is independent as it does not complete in itself?
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Nobody knows exactly how many languages there are in the world, partly because of the difficulty of distinguishing between a language and the sub-languages or dialects within it, but those who have tried to count typically have found about five thousand.

A. and the sub-languages or dialects within it, but those who have tried to count typically have found

Can somebody explain i option A - ",but" makes the second clause as independent clause but i don't think it is independent as it does not complete in itself?


It is an independent clause. Let's break the structure:

Subject verb
those who have tried to count typically have found

Who have found..? those who have tried to count
Here the subject is a clause.

Relate this structure with "he has found". "He has found" is an independent clause. Similarly, this one too is an independent clause.

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Please explain this why option D is not correct?


Nobody knows exactly how many languages there are in the world, partly because of the difficulty of distinguishing between a language and the sub-languages or dialects within it, but those who have tried to count typically have found about five thousand.

D. or the sub-languages or dialects within them, but those who tried to count them typically found

D is not idiomatic. The correct idiom is "distinguish between X and Y".



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Nobody knows exactly how many languages there are in the world, partly because of the difficulty of distinguishing between a language and the sub-languages or dialects within it, but those who have tried to count typically have found about five thousand.

A. and the sub-languages or dialects within it, but those who have tried to count typically have found

B. and the sub-languages or dialects within them, with those who have tried counting typically finding

C. and the sub-languages or dialects within it, but those who have tried counting it typically find

D. or the sub-languages or dialects within them, but those who tried to count them typically found

E. or the sub-languages or dialects within them, with those who have tried to count typically finding

Can somebody explain i option A - ",but" makes the second clause as independent clause but i don't think it is independent as it does not complete in itself?



apoorv601 : Clause following but is complete independent clause
Subject - those who have tried to count typically
Verb - have found
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D is wrong for sure because of the simple hint..

the correct Idiom here (Between X and Y). When you have between in a sentence, there must be a AND in the setence.

In the sentence Between is not underlined that means Between is a correct in the sentence and hence you need AND to complete the idiom.

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Please explain this why option D is not correct?

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apoorv601 wrote:
Nobody knows exactly how many languages there are in the world, partly because of the difficulty of distinguishing between a language and the sub-languages or dialects within it, but those who have tried to count typically have found about five thousand.


A. and the sub-languages or dialects within it, but those who have tried to count typically have found - Correct

B. and the sub-languages or dialects within them, with those who have tried counting typically finding

1. Them - sub-languages or dialects are within LanguagE and not LanguagES.
2. With - We need Contrast here.
3. Finding - We need a verb and finding is not a verb

C. and the sub-languages or dialects within it, but those who have tried counting it typically find

1. Counting - Should be infinitive - to count. As it is, "counting" is a participle modifying the verb - have tried.
2. it - The referent here is LanguageS.

D. or the sub-languages or dialects within them, but those who tried to count them typically found

1. Or - Changing the meaning. Should be - and.
2. them - Same as option B.
3. but those who tried to count them typically found - Change in Tense means that those who are trying to count the # of languages at Present are not included.

E. or the sub-languages or dialects within them, with those who have tried to count typically finding

1. Or - Same as D
2. them - Same as B
3. With - Same as B
4. Finding - Again, same as B
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