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With its abundance of noun inflections, Icelandic is one of

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With its abundance of noun inflections, Icelandic is one of several Germanic languages that is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when translated into English.
(A) is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when translated into English
(B) are compact when they are written, but they can lengthen considerably when they are translated in English
(C) is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when being translated into English
(D) are compact when written but can lengthen considerably in English translation
(E) is compact when it is written but can lengthen considerably when translated in English

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05 Nov 2005, 07:25
The original sentence seems grammatically correct and sound.

one of the... agrees to is
and the being in C is redundant.

Hence A

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05 Nov 2005, 08:16
D. "That" refers to languages so need plural verb "are". so now left with B and D. B is too wordy... D wins.

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05 Nov 2005, 08:46
A seems best choice
However i am bit confused about the use singular or plural verb: is vs are
I think it should be plural because it should agree with plural nouns:languages

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05 Nov 2005, 08:50
I think its A.

Though Himalaya argument is similar to what Paul explains about "restrictice clause". I think in this sentence, it is clear that the sentence is talking about Icelandic and hence singlular.

Furthermore, D does not sound correct -- "can lengthen in English translation" is not same as "...when the language is translated in English".

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05 Nov 2005, 09:05
Original sentence is fine.

subjet here is Icelandic not the languages... so it requires a singular subject verb agreement.

therefore B and D is out.
C is out because the use of being is awkward
In E, the use of it is unneccessary.

So A is the correct answer choice.
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06 Nov 2005, 02:08
One of "plural" + that + "plural" is the correct structure.

I pick (D), too.
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06 Nov 2005, 04:33
OA is D; Thanks

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06 Nov 2005, 05:04
You can cancel B and D immediately since they include "are" which is incorrect since the verb must refer to Icelandic which must be singular.

C is also wrong because of the "being translated". I would lean towards A since it omits the akward "it is written"

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Re: SC   [#permalink] 06 Nov 2005, 05:04
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