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    argue/announce that

    Could you help me with interpreting test results, please?
    Scientists _______ that the youngest language in the world is Afrikaans.
    a) tell b) expect c) argue d) announce

    The correct answer is "argue". My own variant was "announce". Having examined the dictionaries I've made a conclusion that "announce" and "argue' can both have this meaning (officially tell people ). However, it isn't a basic meaning for "argue". These verbs both form a structure with "that". I've noticed that "announe" doesn't sound naturally in the Present Simple. Am I right?

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    Re: argue/announce that

    I agree with C. In that use, "argue" has nothing to with telling. It means that they put forward an opinion.

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    Re: argue/announce that

    If "announce" they would have said "scientists have announced..."

    Recent past tense. New information.

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    Re: argue/announce that

    It seems a little strange for scientists to be involved in this. I'd have expected it to be the concern of linguists.

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