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IELTS Reading 12 - Passage 3

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The Reading passages always contain the information you need to answer the question. You won’t have to use your own knowledge of a topic.

Questions 27-31

Complete each sentence with the correct ending, A-G, below.

Write the correct letter, A-G, in boxes 27-31 on your answer sheet.

27) A developed system of numbering 

28) An additional hand signal 

29) In seventh-century Europe, the ability to count to a certain number 

30) Thinking about numbers as concepts separate from physical objects 

31) Expressing number differently according to class of item 

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Questions 32-40

Do the following statements agree with the information given in Reading Passage 3?

In boxes 32-40 on your answer sheet, write

TRUE if the statement is true according to the passage
FALSE if the statement is false according to the passage
NOT GIVEN if the information is not given in the passage

32) For the earliest tribes, the concept of sufficiency was more important than the concept of quantity. 

33) Indigenous Tasmanians used only four terms to indicate numbers of objects. 

34) Some peoples with simple number systems use body language to prevent misunderstanding of expressions of number. 

35) All cultures have been able to express large numbers clearly. 

36) The word 'thousand' has Anglo-Saxon origins. 

37) In general, people in seventh-century Europe had poor counting ability. 

38) In the Tsimshian language, the number for long objects and canoes is expressed with the same word. 

39) The Tsimshian language contains both older and newer systems of counting. 

40) Early peoples found it easier to count by using their fingers rather than a group of pebbles. 

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