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    #1

    ... *contend *the *ability *to ...

    1)A number of linguists contend
    that all of the thousands of languages spoken by the world's 5 billion people
    can be traced back
    to a common root language.



    2) A number of linguists contend
    the ability to trace all of the thousands of languages that are spoken
    by the world's 5 billion people
    to a common root language.





    The book tells me that in the 2nd setence "emphasize the part conception which the noun phrase expresses".
    Ah... ... what's the part conception?
    Okay, my Question:
    Does " ... contend the ability to ..." emphasize the ability of linguists? So... ...it makes the 2nd setence wrong?
    Of course, in the 1st sentence, "... can be traced back ... " emphasizes the probability of "back to a common root language".
    Am I right?



    Thanks for your help!

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    Re: ... *contend *the *ability *to ...

    The first means that a number of linguists support this idea. The second, I think, means that they are against- the dispute that we have the ability, but that meaning is usually intransitive.
    contend - Dictionary definition and pronunciation - Yahoo! Education

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    Re: ... *contend *the *ability *to ...

    Tdol:
    To speak frankly, originally I feel as if the 2nd setence is wrong in meaning.
    Now you help me further know the sentece is wrong grammatically.
    Oh! The sentence is really wrong.

    Sincere thanks to you!!!

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    Re: ... *contend *the *ability *to ...

    If they mean that, possibly it's a simple typo for 'contest'.

    b

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