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# Nobody knows exactly how many languages there are in the

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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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25 Apr 2005, 18:13
I will go with A on this one.
First the idiom is between X and Y thus that leaves us with A, B and C.

C is out because "it" doesn't have a clear referent.

The gerund in B (counting) i believe give another meaning to the sentence.

the use of Infinitive in A (to count) seem clearer in meaning
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25 Apr 2005, 18:42
Also A. within it is ok to refer a language.
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01 May 2005, 00:01
A. Language is singular and can be replaced by the pronoun it.
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01 May 2005, 02:50
Between A and C, I choose A. However, the way of writing in A seems wordy. Why don't change persent perfect "have tried", "have found" to simple tense?
Anyone know?
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01 May 2005, 18:12
A without a doubt. The "sub-languages within it" properly references the "singular" language and also "have" is correct because the subject is plural (those).
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19 Jul 2010, 23:26
IMO B. since languages is plural....which needs "them"
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19 Jul 2010, 23:39
C) and the sub-languages or dialects within it, but those who have tried counting it typically find ----> tense issue. "have tried" and find cannot go together.

A : have tried, have found is perfect !
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