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# The mistakes children make in learning to speak tell

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780. The mistakes children make in learning to speak tell linguists more about how they learn language than the correct forms they use.

(A) how they learn language than
(B) how one learns language than
(C) how children learn language than do
(D) learning language than
(E) their language learning than do

Tough for me. Please explain in detail.

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Originally posted by walker on 28 Feb 2008, 07:39.
Last edited by Narenn on 25 Sep 2013, 09:56, edited 1 time in total.
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28 Feb 2008, 08:55
walker wrote:
780. The mistakes children make in learning to speak tell linguists more about how they learn language than the correct forms they use.

(A) how they learn language than
(B) how one learns language than
(C) how children learn language than do
(D) learning language than -
(E) their language learning than do

Tough for me. Please explain in detail.

This is tough . All the opetion with they make it ambigious since they should have a definits antecedent . In this case , it can be children/linguists.
Option C makes it clear however the do after than makes it awkward.
I still go for C.
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28 Feb 2008, 09:00
I would choose C for the same reason, it removes ambiguity.
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29 Feb 2008, 06:06
should be C for clarity (i.e. no ambiguous 'they')
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29 Feb 2008, 06:30
AS you see 'They' in the last phrase, it is certain that it reference is ambiguous.
So, the first phrase should have something so that it can refer to
and it would be children.
Thus option C is rite.
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29 Feb 2008, 06:47
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Yeah, should be "C"

"DO" clearly refers to "the correct forms" . It is the reversed order... that makes the answer choice "C" confusing.

We can rephrase the sentence:

The mistakes children make in learning to speak tell linguists more about how children learn language than do the correct forms they use.

The mistakes children make in learning to speak tell linguists more about how children learn language than Tell the correct forms they use.
In other words,
The correct forms the children use tell linguists less about how children learn language than do the mistakes they make in learning to speak..
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27 Oct 2009, 01:35
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The mistakes children make in learning to speak tell linguists more about how they learn language than the correct forms they use.

(A) how they learn language than
(B) how one learns language than
(C) how children learn language than do
(D) learning language than
(E) their language learning than do

explain ,how the balance of comparision is applied here .
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27 Oct 2009, 07:07
will go with C
right comparison
sacmanitin wrote:
The mistakes children make in learning to speak tell linguists more about how they learn language than the correct forms they use.

(A) how they learn language than
(B) how one learns language than
(C) how children learn language than do
(D) learning language than
(E) their language learning than do

explain ,how the balance of comparision is applied here .

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27 Oct 2009, 07:23
sacmanitin wrote:
The mistakes children make in learning to speak tell linguists more about how they learn language than the correct forms they use.

(A) how they learn language than
(B) how one learns language than
(C) how children learn language than do
(D) learning language than
(E) their language learning than do

explain ,how the balance of comparision is applied here .

IMO C

tell linguists more about xyz than do - "more than" and "do" for tell are required here so eliminate A,B, D

between C and E , E uses "thier" which is ambiguous, does not clearly refer to children, hence C is clear answer.
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02 Nov 2009, 01:23
i assume that learn is parallel to use ,can someone explain more with examples.
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02 Nov 2009, 16:46
Casinoking wrote:
What is wrong with "A"?

they in A is ambiguous, referring to linguists or children ?

mistakes tell more x than do y - is the correct form
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27 Jun 2011, 12:06
in the question after the idiom more than " the correct forms they use" is using the work they. Isnt they ambiguous? They can refer to linguists or children .. The way we eliminated choice A saying they is ambiguous , shouldnt the same rule apply?
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15 Oct 2014, 08:39
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This can be solved fairly easily if we are aware of subject-verb agreement.
As the sentence starts with the mistakes made by children, the underlined part has to include children too as "they" could be understood as linguists or children. The only option referring to children is (C)

Another way - Parallelism. " tells linguists MORE ABOUT _______ than DO the correct forms they use. " Do is essential.
Once we identify this, its down to (C) and (D).
"Language learning" is just inappropriate English. So (C) is the OA.
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24 Jul 2015, 21:54
sacmanitin wrote:
The mistakes children make in learning to speak tell linguists more about how they learn language than the correct forms they use.

(A) how they learn language than
(B) how one learns language than
(C) how children learn language than do
(D) learning language than
(E) their language learning than do

explain ,how the balance of comparision is applied here .

I think (C) is better comparison in this
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03 Nov 2015, 05:22
1.What is wrong with A?
2. If we write 'how children learn language than', is it correct? I am confused about the usage of do in option C. It is awkward
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06 Nov 2015, 09:32
Alok322 wrote:
1.What is wrong with A?
2. If we write 'how children learn language than', is it correct? I am confused about the usage of do in option C. It is awkward

Maybe it sounds awkward but do is absolutely necessary here to clarify the ambiguity in meaning:

Meaning 1: The mistakes children make in learning to speak tell linguists more about how children learn language than about the correct forms they use.

Meaning 2: The mistakes children make in learning to speak tell linguists more about how children learn language than children learn the correct forms they use.

The two meanings are quite different and look closely, meaning 1 should not be the intended meaning. Meaning 2 is actually conveyed by choice C - 'children' is understood and 'do' implies learn.

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03 Jul 2017, 07:42
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Re: The mistakes children make in learning to speak tell  [#permalink]

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17 Aug 2018, 12:11
hi,
in option C, doesnt "do" changes the meaning? it seems as if we are saying correct forms are learning languages?
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