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995. 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

I chose C. What do you think?
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03 Oct 2005, 14:04
A looks fine to me...

first of we need AND cause we have the idiom between X and Y...

second, the pronoun in B (them) and (it) in C are misplaced, remember they must explicitly refer to a subject...here what is them referring to or it referring to?

A avoids this...however, I dont like the wording in it...
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03 Oct 2005, 15:20
A.
Tried + infinitive (to) in A is preferable to try + gerund
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03 Oct 2005, 16:24
A it is.

C is wrong coz it says countin it - it should be counting them - langauage and its dialects.
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03 Oct 2005, 17:47
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
- 'them' has no clear referent

C) and the sub-languages or dialects within it, but those who have tried counting it typically find
- illogically suggest we're conting one language

D) or the sub-languages or dialects within them, but those who tried to count them typically found
- 'or' is not appropriate
- 'them' has no clear referent

E) or the sub-languages or dialects within them, with those who have tried to count typically finding
- 'or' is not appropriate

A is the best choice.
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03 Oct 2005, 22:57
C lacks the present perfect tense have found. Additionally, the second it in C is unnecessary.

The correct answer should be A.
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04 Oct 2005, 09:23
I got it, thanks everyone.

I missed the "tried + infinitive" part, what a grave mistake.
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04 Oct 2005, 09:27
A.

B,D,E refer to language as 'them'
C states 'counting it' referring to plural languages
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04 Oct 2005, 16:12
duttsit wrote:
A.
Tried + infinitive (to) in A is preferable to try + gerund

I think they're different in meaning:
Try+infinitive means you attempt to do sth.
Try+gerund means you test how something is.
04 Oct 2005, 16:12
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