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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 [#permalink]

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31 Aug 2006, 00:32
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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
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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31 Aug 2006, 00:40
There seems to be something wrong with all the options. I think D is the best of the lot.

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31 Aug 2006, 00:40
Got to be (A) then.kripal u r rite in saying it has no referrent.Though it is the second 'it' which has no referrent.he first 'it' refers to language
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31 Aug 2006, 00:45
sangarelli wrote:
Looks like (C) to me.distinguish between x and y.
a mentions but those who have tried to count typically.(wrong)
b has them does not agree with singular language.
also we nedd a contrast as nobody knows .....but those who...

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

What is it referring to?

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31 Aug 2006, 01:02
Must be A.

between X AND Y is correct. between X OR Y is wrong.

"it" has clear referent: "language"

between a language and the sub-languages or dialects within it[language]
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31 Aug 2006, 02:44
Also a language is singular so them can not refer it. The options that remain are A and C. In C second it refers to languages, which is plural so usage of second it is wrong.So A is the best answer.

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31 Aug 2006, 03:36
ps_dahiya wrote:
Must be A.

between X AND Y is correct. between X OR Y is wrong.

"it" has clear referent: "language"

between a language and the sub-languages or dialects within it[language]

A for the same reasons...

Would Just like to state that C is wrong bcos the second it in C, is trying to refer back to languages in the first part of the sentence... Trying removing partly....,but and then see the 1st and 3rd portion to highlight the diff.

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 counting it typically find about five thousand.

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31 Aug 2006, 09:20
I got A too

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31 Aug 2006, 09:25
I got A tooooooo

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Re: SC- sub-languages or dialects [#permalink]

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20 Jun 2007, 11:53
jerrywu 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
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.

The correct idiom is between X and Y. therefore DE are wrong.
between a language and the sub-languages or dialects

B is wrong because them refers to a language.

C is wrong because it refers back to languages.
Nobody knows exactly how many languages there are in the world,....,but those who have tried counting it typically find.

Therefore A.

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