Read each of the following passages and answer the items that follow. Your answers to these items should be based on the passages only.
The factor of geographical distribution is equally, possibly even more, significant that English is spoken as a first or native language on at least four continents of the world, Russian on two, Chinese and the Indian languages on one. English is without question the closest approach to a world language today.
It goes without saying that no two persons ever have an identical command of their common language. Certainly they have not precisely the same vocabulary. There are at least minor differences in pronunciation, indeed the same individual will not pronounce his vowels and consonants in absolutely identical fashion every time he utters them. Everyone possesses, in addition, certain individual traits of grammatical form and syntactical order, constituting that peculiar and personal quality of language which we term as style. All of this is implicit in the well-known phrase, ‘Style is the man.’ No men are identical, no two styles are the same. If this be true of but two persons, the potential of differences resident in a language spoken by more than 200 million truly staggers imagination.
The author argues that English is the closest approach to a world language because