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# Regardless of their form or function, all aerodynamically

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Regardless of their form or function, all aerodynamically enhanced, curved objects made for
throwing have been called boomerangs by non-Australians even since 1788,
when Europeans
saw Dharug-peaking men tossing “bumariny” in the area later known as Sydney.

A. Regardless of their form or function, all aerodynamically enhanced, curved objects
made for throwing have been called boomerangs by non-Australians even since 1788,
B. Regardless of their form or function, any aerodynamically enhanced, curved object
made for throwing has been called a boomerang by non-Australians even since 1788,
C. Ever since 1788, non-Australians have called all aerodynamically enhanced, curved
objects made for throwing boomerangs, regardless of their form or function, from
D. Ever since 1788, any aerodynamically enhanced, curved object made for throwing has
been called a boomerang by non-Australians, regardless of its form or function, from
E. Non-Australians have called all aerodynamically enhanced, curved objects made for
throwing boomerang ever since 1788, regardless of their form or function, from

Could someone explain the diff b/w the usage of all and any in options 1 and 2. Which usage is better and why?
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30 Sep 2008, 08:10
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Regardless of their form or function, all aerodynamically enhanced, curved objects made for
throwing have been called boomerangs by non-Australians even since 1788,
when Europeans
saw Dharug-peaking men tossing “bumariny” in the area later known as Sydney.

A. Regardless of their form or function, all aerodynamically enhanced, curved objects
made for throwing have been called boomerangs by non-Australians even since 1788,
B. Regardless of their form or function, any aerodynamically enhanced, curved object
made for throwing has been called a boomerang by non-Australians even since 1788,
C. Ever since 1788, non-Australians have called all aerodynamically enhanced, curved
objects made for throwing boomerangs, regardless of their form or function, from
D. Ever since 1788, any aerodynamically enhanced, curved object made for throwing has
been called a boomerang by non-Australians, regardless of its form or function, from
E. Non-Australians have called all aerodynamically enhanced, curved objects made for
throwing boomerang ever since 1788, regardless of their form or function, from

Could someone explain the diff b/w the usage of all and any in options 1 and 2. Which usage is better and why?

The deciding factor is not the usage of all or any. Rather its the pronoun 'their'. 'Their' must refer to a plural antecedent. In B the antecedent is clearly 'object' which is singular. Hence, use of their is incorrect. While in A, the antecedent is 'objects', which is plural. Therefore A is the correct option.

In others clearly the use of 'from' in conjunction with 'when' helps in eliminating them.
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30 Sep 2008, 08:31
Good point. Chose A, but missed the "their" error.

jatinrai wrote:
GMBA85 wrote:
Regardless of their form or function, all aerodynamically enhanced, curved objects made for
throwing have been called boomerangs by non-Australians even since 1788,
when Europeans
saw Dharug-peaking men tossing “bumariny” in the area later known as Sydney.

A. Regardless of their form or function, all aerodynamically enhanced, curved objects
made for throwing have been called boomerangs by non-Australians even since 1788,
B. Regardless of their form or function, any aerodynamically enhanced, curved object
made for throwing has been called a boomerang by non-Australians even since 1788,
C. Ever since 1788, non-Australians have called all aerodynamically enhanced, curved
objects made for throwing boomerangs, regardless of their form or function, from
D. Ever since 1788, any aerodynamically enhanced, curved object made for throwing has
been called a boomerang by non-Australians, regardless of its form or function, from
E. Non-Australians have called all aerodynamically enhanced, curved objects made for
throwing boomerang ever since 1788, regardless of their form or function, from

Could someone explain the diff b/w the usage of all and any in options 1 and 2. Which usage is better and why?

The deciding factor is not the usage of all or any. Rather its the pronoun 'their'. 'Their' must refer to a plural antecedent. In B the antecedent is clearly 'object' which is singular. Hence, use of their is incorrect. While in A, the antecedent is 'objects', which is plural. Therefore A is the correct option.

In others clearly the use of 'from' in conjunction with 'when' helps in eliminating them.
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30 Sep 2008, 08:44
It should be A.

Regardless of their form or function, all aerodynamically enhanced, curved objects made for throwing have been called boomerangs by non-Australians even since 1788,
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30 Sep 2008, 08:59
What about the difference between has & have? S-V agreement.
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30 Sep 2008, 11:24
pawan203 wrote:
What about the difference between has & have? S-V agreement.

If you meant the difference between answer choices A and B, then B is c;learly wrong because of the use of "their".
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30 Sep 2008, 11:31
jatinrai wrote:
GMBA85 wrote:
Regardless of their form or function, all aerodynamically enhanced, curved objects made for
throwing have been called boomerangs by non-Australians even since 1788,
when Europeans
saw Dharug-peaking men tossing “bumariny” in the area later known as Sydney.

A. Regardless of their form or function, all aerodynamically enhanced, curved objects
made for throwing have been called boomerangs by non-Australians even since 1788,
B. Regardless of their form or function, any aerodynamically enhanced, curved object
made for throwing has been called a boomerang by non-Australians even since 1788,
C. Ever since 1788, non-Australians have called all aerodynamically enhanced, curved
objects made for throwing boomerangs, regardless of their form or function, from
D. Ever since 1788, any aerodynamically enhanced, curved object made for throwing has
been called a boomerang by non-Australians, regardless of its form or function, from
E. Non-Australians have called all aerodynamically enhanced, curved objects made for
throwing boomerang ever since 1788, regardless of their form or function, from

Could someone explain the diff b/w the usage of all and any in options 1 and 2. Which usage is better and why?

The deciding factor is not the usage of all or any. Rather its the pronoun 'their'. 'Their' must refer to a plural antecedent. In B the antecedent is clearly 'object' which is singular. Hence, use of their is incorrect. While in A, the antecedent is 'objects', which is plural. Therefore A is the correct option.

In others clearly the use of 'from' in conjunction with 'when' helps in eliminating them.

I agree with this reasoning and answer. I came across another Q yesterday with any/all and the tie breakers were the pronoun and the singular/plural subjects.

when should refer to a time or time period. In C,D & E from and when together do not make sense
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01 Oct 2008, 07:31
Choice A for me

The sentence is inverted. If you reorganise the sentence and look for pronoun reference it will make sense.Also, when should refer to a time,date etc.
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01 Oct 2008, 08:12
OA is A guys.

GOod discussion. Thanks for all the explanation!
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24 Apr 2013, 04:15
Can some one help me to understand difference between ALL and ANY. when to use ALL and when use ANY. ( some say use ANY for -ve sence ; is that only difference!!! )
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10 Jun 2013, 18:42
If B also had "objects" just has A does, we would have to make a choice between ALL and ANY, which one is correct?
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11 Jun 2013, 05:44
marcovg4 wrote:
If B also had "objects" just has A does, we would have to make a choice between ALL and ANY, which one is correct?

A. Regardless of their form or function, all aerodynamically enhanced, curved objects
made for throwing have been called boomerangs by non-Australians even since 1788,
Correct
B. Regardless of their form or function, any aerodynamically enhanced, curved object
made for throwing has been called a boomerang by non-Australians even since 1788,
The problem here is with agreement in numbers, any is singular and hence usage of their is wrong here

Hope it helps!
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12 Jun 2013, 23:07
I have 2 doubts here
1.Can anyone discuss if it is wrong 'Ever since 1788' is placed at the start. (Option C, D)
2. from when at the end of underlined sentence. Is it wrong? (Option C,D,E)
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12 Jun 2013, 23:19
umeshpatil wrote:
I have 2 doubts here
1.Can anyone discuss if it is wrong 'Ever since 1788' is placed at the start. (Option C, D)
2. from when at the end of underlined sentence. Is it wrong? (Option C,D,E)

Let me try ...

1. Ever since can be placed at the start, no problem with that, here the problem is with the rest of the sentence
2. From when does not even sound good to ears I feel it a very awkward and redundant construction

Does it help?
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23 Jun 2014, 20:55
C,D,E are out because 'When' in non-underlined portion should modify the year 1788.

B is out for agreement.

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