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    live/walk on the earth

    ...But this ant, like the other two-legged creatures ______ on the earth, also shares human failings.

    A. working B. sleeping C. living D. walking

    This question item is taken from a cloze. The given answer is "living". But I thought "walking" was fine too. Am I right?

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.

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    Re: live/walk on the earth

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    ...But this ant, like the other two-legged creatures ______ on the earth, also shares human failings.

    A. working B. sleeping C. living D. walking

    This question item is taken from a cloze. The given answer is "living". But I thought "walking" was fine too. Am I right?

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.
    Hi joham,

    The purpose of a Cloze test, as cited in this wiki link is "to understand context and vocabulary in order to identify the correct words or type of words that belong in the deleted passages of a text."

    In the example which you have posted, the context requires the broadest category, i.e., living, in order to make sense.

    You obviously understand the categories working and sleeping to be too limited. Perhaps the category walking appeals to you because of the immediate hyphened adjective, two-legged. But it cannot work here because there might be (and are) other two-legged creatures who not only walk but also fly (not to mention, swim).

    Without any limiting criteria provided in the given context that would in turn demand a more limiting answer, the broadest category, living, is the only logical answer.


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    Re: live/walk on the earth

    'the other two-legged creatures' specifically refers to humans, picked up in that ants, as humans do, share human failings. Else, why omit, skip over the four-legged ones. Is the implication to be that they, for some reason, are free of human failings?

    However, the collocation is 'who walk the earth', not 'walk on the earth'. (The latter would be suggesting an irrelevant contrast with things that fly or swim.)
    Last edited by David L.; 25-Mar-2009 at 01:09.

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    Re: live/walk on the earth

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    'the other two-legged creatures' specifically refers to humans, picked up in that ants, as humans do, share human failings. Else, why omit, skip over the four-legged ones. Is the implication to be that they, for some reason, are free of human failings?

    However, the collocation is 'who walk the earth', not 'walk on the earth'. (The latter would be suggesting an irrelevant contrast with things that fly or swim.)
    Hi David,

    Of course! (I've yet to hear of any two-legged ant!)

    I simply used, by way of example, the categories of flying and swimming to illustrate other limiting categories that also would obviously not work in the given context.

    Remember, we are talking logic here.

    As far as your comments regarding collocation, your point is well-taken.
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    Re: live/walk on the earth

    Oh, that's it. Deep in my memery, I have something that means 'live' yet contains the word 'walk'. So I chose the 'walking', thinking it was more of 'literary style' than 'living' and got the wrong answer.

    I had mistaken 'walk the earth' for 'walk on the earth'. I'm hopeless!

    Thank you again, Monticello and David.
    Last edited by joham; 25-Mar-2009 at 05:02.

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