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This Marvellous Invention IELTS Reading Answers

This Marvellous Invention IELTS Reading Answers

The Academic passage ‘This Marvellous Invention’ is a reading passage that appeared in an IELTS Test. Read the passage below and answer questions 1 – 14. Beyond the questions, you will find the answers along with the location of the answers in the passage and the keywords that  help you find out the answers.

This Marvellous Invention

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Answers

Question number  Answer  Keywords  Location of keywords
1 vi Compared to language, all other inventions pale in significance, since everything we have ever achieved depends on language and originates from it Paragraph A;

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2 iv In its own right it is a tool of extraordinary sophistication, yet based on an idea of ingenious simplicity Paragraph B;

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3 ii there is nothing that these meaningless streams of air cannot do: from sighing the interminable boredom of existence to unravelling the fundamental order of the universe Paragraph C;

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4 vii The language machine allows just about everybody from pre-modern foragers in the subtropical savannah, to post-modern philosophers in the suburban sprawl – to tie these meaningless sounds together into an infinite variety of subtle senses, and all apparently without the slightest exertion. Paragraph D;

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5 i Often, it is only the estrangement of foreign tongues, with their many exotic and outlandish features, that brings home the wonder of languages design Paragraph E;

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6 v The technology is so fine-tuned then that even a non-sound, when carefully placed in a particular position, has been invested with a specific function Paragraph F;

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7 E Other inventions -the wheel, agriculture, sliced bread – may have transformed our material existence, Paragraph A;

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8 G Compared to language, all other inventions pale in significance, since everything we have ever achieved depends on language and originates from it. Paragraph A;

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9 B In its own right it is a tool of extraordinary sophistication, yet based on an idea of ingenious simplicity Paragraph B;

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10 F The most extraordinary thing about language, however, is that one doesn’t have to be a genius to set its wheels in motion. Paragraph D;

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11 NO Without language, we could never have embarked on our ascent to unparalleled power over all other animals, and even over nature itself. Paragraph A;

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12 YES This was how, in 1660, the renowned French grammarians of the Port-Royal abbey near Versailles distilled the essence of language Paragraph B;

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13 NOT GIVEN
14 YES And if that sounds like some one-off freak, then consider Sumerian, the language spoken on the banks of the Euphrates some 5,000 years ago by the people who invented writing and thus enabled the documentation of history. Paragraph F;

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