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Unique among the Romance languages, Portuguese features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of their strong mercantile heritage.

(A) features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of their strong mercantile heritage

(B) features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of its strong mercantile heritage

(C) has numbered rather named its days, evidence of its strong mercantile heritage

(D) numbered rather than named its days, out of its strong mercantile heritage

(E) features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of the strong Portuguese mercantile heritage

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Originally posted by Marcab on 17 Jan 2013, 11:46.
Last edited by hazelnut on 21 Apr 2018, 23:58, edited 2 times in total.
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Unique among the Romance languages, Portuguese features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of their strong mercantile heritage.

features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of their strong mercantile heritage

features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of its strong mercantile heritage

has numbered rather named its days, evidence of its strong mercantile heritage

numbered rather than named its days, out of its strong mercantile heritage

features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of the strong Portuguese mercantile heritage

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Discussion needed for why is better than .


I think there is a typo---Romance languages should be Roman Languages

Portuguese is a language so how can it take personal pronouns such as Their or its [its--Portugal (nation) ,their-- Portuguese people]
there are instances when we say--English was first spoken in medieval England but today It's spoken as a first language in several countries

but saying (as in B) evidence of its strong mercantile heritage. language having a mercantile heritage ?? doesn't make sense.
heritage can be used with People and nations (which is not the case here)
E correctly repeats Portuguese --to indicate the heritage of Portuguese people

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I agree with most of the points raised by dentobizz regarding that it should be refered to the nation rather than language but disagree that we cannot use the term heritage when we talking about language. I believe the issue here is more not "heritage" but "mercantile heritage". If we say: "Portuguese (language) has rich heritage", we mean that it is the language with rich history, but it is difficult to apply "mercantile heritage" to language because this term means more the "history with materialistic values", which is not very proper for language as it is for nation.

I hope my thinking is correct.
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Hi Ziko,

Your thinking is correct. Heritage can be used for languages. see http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/heritage

the meaning "A tradition; something that can be passed down from preceding generations."
can be used for a language.

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language having a mercantile heritage ?? doesn't make sense.


@ Ziko as I said before the expression mercantile heritage was odd enough to eliminate the option in the first go but good to know that heritage can also be used wrt a language

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Unique among the Romance languages, Portuguese features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of their strong mercantile heritage.

A. features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of their strong mercantile heritage - Portuguese as a Language is Singular, thus ITS must be used.
B. features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of its strong mercantile heritage - Free of any error. Correct placement of STRONG etc
C. has numbered rather than named its days, evidence of its strong mercantile heritage- This option means that the Language (Portuguese) did the numbering on its own, and thus distorts the original meaning
D. numbered rather than named its days, out of its strong mercantile heritage- This option means that the Language (Portuguese) did the numbering on its own, and thus distorts the original meaning
E. features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of the strong Portuguese mercantile heritage - Adjective STRONG is used at a wrong place (before Portuguese). The use would mean that language is strong rather than heritage.

So, IMO, the answer has to be B.

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You have to repeat Portuguese because it does not make sense to refer to it with "its". In the beginning of the sentence, "Portuguese" refers to the language whereas the "its" in the second part refers to "Portugal" (the mercantile heritage of the language Portuguese does not make sense) therefore you can't use this pronoun. Answer E corrects this issue by adding the adjective "Portuguese"

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E. features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of the strong Portuguese mercantile heritage - Adjective STRONG is used at a wrong place (before Portuguese). The use would mean that language is strong rather than heritage.


I don't think that is a problem, "strong" modifies the whole clause "Portuguese mercantile heritage"
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Unique among the Romance languages, Portuguese features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of their strong mercantile heritage.

b. features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of its strong mercantile heritage


e. features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of the strong Portuguese mercantile heritage

I was confused between b. and e. as well.

It makes more sense for it to read:
Unique among the Romance languages, Portuguese features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of Portuguese's strong mercantile heritage
(provided here Portuguese's is the heritage not the language). But since it is the language in this context it makes no sense.

Unique among the Romance languages, Portuguese features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of Portugual's strong mercantile heritage


eg: Just like You can't say Chinese (as a language) strong mercantile heritage. You can say China's strong mercantile heritage.

Therefore, E was the better option for me.

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I choose B over E. I dont quite get the heritage hangup. Its quite difficult to be certain mercantile heritage cant be applied to a language. I do however, see in retrospect a parallelism problem with B ' features days that are not named but (are) numbered'. Does this make sense?
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I choose B over E. I dont quite get the heritage hangup. Its quite difficult to be certain mercantile heritage cant be applied to a language. I do however, see in retrospect a parallelism problem with B ' features days that are not named but (are) numbered'. Does this make sense?


Portuguese is not a noun it is an proper adjective. Proper adjectives are formed from proper nouns such as Japan. The point is adjective can't be the antecedent of any pronoun. Everything gets killed only E remains.
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Hi Experts,

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Only B and E stands out but to be honest I don't know why its doesn't have clear antecedent. I feel "its" clearly refers to portuguese.

Of course, option E is more clear but then what should be the basis for eliminating B.
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a. their...Portuguese is shown as language. so their is incorrect.
b. its seems awkward. The first Purtugese is represented as language. what is language's heritage.
c. its days...awkward
d. its days...
e. The second Portuguese is Portuguese heritage and the first one is language...seems correct.

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Unique among the Romance languages, Portuguese features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of their strong mercantile heritage.

features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of their strong mercantile heritage
features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of its strong mercantile heritage
has numbered rather than named its days, evidence of its strong mercantile heritage
numbered rather than named its days, out of its strong mercantile heritage
features days that are not named but numbered, evidence of the strong Portuguese mercantile heritage
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