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
Please explain why 'the' need not be used. (Why C is not the answer.)
IMO "the" article is an indefinite article and should be used when the noun it refers to represents something that is one of a kind. Here neither younger not older people are one of a kind. So we don't need "the". Thats why we don't need "the". Look carefully in the non-underlined part and see the use of "the" with "research report". This report is one of a kind and to make it definite we are using "the"
Going by this answer should be D.
SAID BUSINESS SCHOOL, OXFORD - MBA CLASS OF 2008