Read the paragraph and answer the following question: This passage discusses the similarities and differences in the language of which two groups?
To both people and computers, language is essential to all communication. Both computers and children must be taught how to communicate through language. The sequence of learning, however, is different for the two. Whereas most children have little trouble with spoken language but take more time in learning written language, the opposite is true of computers. A computer has little trouble mastering written language, but spoken language is another story. Even the most advanced computers cannot yet speak or understand spoken language with the precision of a six-year-old.
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This paragraph discusses the similarities and differences in the languages of children on the one hand and computers on the other. The basic idea of the paragraph is that children as young as six years old have language skills that are in some ways more advanced than those of the most advanced computers.
This paragraph is telling us that both children and computers must be taught langauge. Children learn spoken language easily but have difficulty with written language. For computers, things are just the opposite. Computers have the ability to learn written language easily (according to this passage) but do not do well at all with written language..
Overall, then, the paragraph is comparing and contrasting language learning in computers and children.
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