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# The mistakes children make in learning to speak tell

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Name: Ronak Amin
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The mistakes children make in learning to speak tell [#permalink]

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29 Apr 2009, 12:20
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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

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29 Apr 2009, 13:50
I would go with C..

A is ambiguous as "they" can refer to both children or linguists.
B alters the meaning by using "one" instead of children
D this sentence ignores the fact that they are analyzing children, not just the pure language
E "their" is ambiguous, could refer to children or linguists

So C must be correct because it clearly refers to children, and although "do" might seem awkward, its necessary in order to make the comparison between children mistakes and the correct forms they use..

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29 Apr 2009, 20:07
bergkamp10 wrote:
I would go with C..

A is ambiguous as "they" can refer to both children or linguists.
B alters the meaning by using "one" instead of children
D this sentence ignores the fact that they are analyzing children, not just the pure language
E "their" is ambiguous, could refer to children or linguists

So C must be correct because it clearly refers to children, and although "do" might seem awkward, its necessary in order to make the comparison between children mistakes and the correct forms they use..

yeah i would pick C if i was forced at gun point to pick an answer

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30 Apr 2009, 11:37
Its necessary to use the subject, children. Otherwise there would be an ambiguity over which subject the pronoun they refers to ( children or linguists). Only choice C does that. So C is the answer.
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Re: Learning to speak   [#permalink] 30 Apr 2009, 11:37
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