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IELTS reading Cambridge 5 test 1 question 31 Text:
Most forms of environmental pollution either appear to have been exaggerated or are transient —associated with the early phases of industrialization

some pollution problems have been correctly linked to industrialization

Here, there are two parts, that is text and question. Based on the text, I need to say that question part is correct or not.

In my view, Question is incorrect, because of some pollution, but in the text most forms.

Cambridge IELTS 5 book says that it is correct. Please explain.
Mar 6, 2018 4:37 PM
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"Some" is used to talk about an unspecified number. For example, if you're in a class of 50 students, and the teacher says, "Some students didn't hand in their homework," the teacher might be talking about 5 students or 10 students or 20 or 30 or 40, etc. "Some" doesn't say anything about whether it's more than half or less than half.

If most pollution problems have been linked to industrialization, you can say "some" and it'd be correct. The only difference is that "most" is a bit more specific, because we know that it's more than half.
March 6, 2018
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