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|Rather than sell the painting, which is most likely worth millions of dollars, the Jesuits decided to make it available to the nation of Ireland for viewing. Thus, the painting is on “indefinite loan” to the National Gallery of Ireland. Nevertheless, the painting continues its travels as it features in exhibitions around the world, from the United States to Amsterdam.|
Which of the sentences below best expresses the essential information in the highlighted sentence?
a. The National Gallery of Ireland now owns the painting.
b. The National Gallery of Ireland bought the painting from the Jesuits.
c. The National Gallery of Ireland can display the painting, but the Jesuits still own it.
d. The National Gallery of Ireland can display the painting as long as they allow it to travel.
想要回答正确，就要准确理解文中indefinite loan的意思。”Loan”可以理解为an object is being lent，那么这句话的意思就很明白了。尽管爱尔兰国家画廊展出了这幅画，但他的所有者仍是Jesuits。
这样就可以排除A项跟B项。D项应改为：while the gallery can display the painting—this is not contingent upon it traveling.
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Which sentence is closest in meaning to the highlighted sentence?
A. All languages, whether they are spoken by a few people or a lot of people, contain grammar.
B . Some languages include a lot of grammar, whereas other languages contain a little.
C. Languages which contain a lot of grammar are more common that languages that contain a little.
D. The grammar of all languages is the same, no matter where the languages evolved.
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Which of the following statements is the best paraphrase of the highlighted sentence?
A. Hopefully, humans will soon be able to solve these problems.
B. Fortunately, humans can solve problems that we know about.
C. Luckily, humans do not have many limitations which have been identified.
D. We are happy to note that we can solve the problem which we have identified.
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Which of the sentences below best expresses the essential information of this sentence?
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