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How men first learnt to ___ words is unknown; in other words, the origin of language is a mystery. (create/invent)

I think in this case these two words have the same meaning and therefore both can be used.
However, the answer is invent.
So please explain to me why invent is the more suitable word here.

Thank you very much.
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AnduyHow men first learnt to __ words is unknown; in other words, the origin of language is a mystery. (create/invent)

I think in this case these two words have the same meaning and therefore both can be used.
However, the answer is invent.
So please explain to me why invent is the more suitable word here.
I don't like either choice. A better way to phrase it and use invent would be "How men first invented words is unknown.
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RayHI don't like either choice. A better way to phrase it and use invent would be "How men first invented words is unknown.

Thank you.
I agree with you. It seems unnatural when we say "men learned to invent (or create) words."
It would be better when we say "men invented words" or maybe "men learned to use words."

But this question is from a very major test. In Vietnam, everyone who wants to apply to a university has to do this same test, at a same time of the year.
Should I complain to the people who made this test ? Emotion: big smile
How men first learnt to __ words is unknown; in other words, the origin of language is a mystery. (create/invent)

Far be it from me to suggest a course of action in a situation like this.

On further reflection I have to say that this question doesn't make any sense at all. We don't speak of people learning to either create or invent. We think of people as inventing or creating because it's in their nature or they have a talent for it. No one goes to school to learn to be creative or inventive. They may go to school to develop and refine their creative or inventive abilities but not to acquire them.

Still, as you say, you have to deal with the situation as you find it, so the "correct" answer stands I guess.
that key is wrong, both choices are obviously the same for this question. whoever made this test didn't think clearly at all. Do they really care about the students who may have to pay the price of wasting 2 years going to school for some silly mistakes caused by the test makers!
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invent

Invent is more suitable, because it is a test! Otherwise, they wouldn't ask. During a test you can usually assume this. These test get reviewed by many experts before publication. They want to know if you can guess the difference.

the word "first" was the clue.

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/invent