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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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16 Mar 2008, 16:22
Second part of main sentence (part after first comma) talks about language (singular) so "and the sub-languages or dialects withi" should be followed by it and not by them. That leaves us with option A and option C (Note the 2:3 split).

C is using "those who have tried counting it". Obviously nobody is counting single language so use of "it" is this part is incorrect.

That leaves us with A. Although A is using have twice so bit awkawrd but it is the best among the others.

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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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Try+infinitive means you attempt to do something.
Try+gerund means you test how something is done.
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16 Mar 2008, 17:22
vscid 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
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

A. it needs "between x and y" structure so D and E are out. "iy" in A refers to Language.

C has verb problem.
B also has verb problem.
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vscid 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

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

Either A or C is right. A is the best choice between the two.
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