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Although it was expected that workers under forty would show hostility to the plan, the research report indicates that both younger and the older people approve of governmental appropriations for Social Security.

(A) younger and the older people
(B) younger people and the older
(C) the younger and the older people
(D) younger and older people
(E) people who are younger and those who are older
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12 Sep 2005, 09:05
I go with C. Any reason why C is not the right answer?

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12 Sep 2005, 10:38
I like C - I was tempted to pick D, but I went against it because it seems as though we are talking about 3 groups of people: younger, older and the group that was expected to show hostility. When I read the sentance like this, I would include include "the" before "younger group" and "older group."
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12 Sep 2005, 11:27
Between C and D, going with C.

I think you need "the" to define the group of people.
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12 Sep 2005, 13:34
I'll go with 'C'.

Reason

The younger and the older - point out a specific group. When you point out a specific one you need add the infront of it.

Correct me if I'm wrong!!.
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12 Sep 2005, 16:47
It should be D.

"The: is a definite articile. We need to include all older and younger people.
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12 Sep 2005, 18:26
I pick C - the is required.

"Both x and y" argument sounds real tempting. BUT, we are referring to two collective nouns - younger group of people and older group of people and hence we need to use the definite article to specify these groups!

This is a tricky one! Wud love to see the OA!
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13 Sep 2005, 11:15
i wud pick C.

D sounds wrong for mw 'coz it awkwardly means people who are both younger as well as older.

Not sure if my interpretation is right.

OA/OE Plz.

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17 Sep 2005, 04:30
C. As pointed earlier "the" is reqd to point to a specific group.

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