Mate is a beverage found in much of South America. While it is uncertain where mate was first made, there are more va...

Ryan-Mahabir on October 21, 2019

Why is E correct? Why is A incorrect?


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BenMingov on November 13, 2019

Hi Ryan, thanks for the question!

Answer choice E states that typically, the longer a drink exists in a particular place, then the more widely that beverage is used there. It would stand to reason then that the place where the beverage has existed for the longest (the originator) would be the place where the beverage is most widely used.

Answer choice A is incorrect because we do not support that Mate originated in Paraguay by stating that it is rare for there to be a great variety of a drink in a place unless it has been in use there for a long time. A long time does not mean the originator, nor does it tell us anything more to help determine that it was the first country to produce Mate.

Hope this helps!