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Re: Although it was expected that workers under forty would show [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2012, 15:35
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but author does speak about specific people "workers under forty"...Younger and older means all younger and all elder people even if they are not workers, so 'the' should make sense..any idea?



As you said 'Younger and older means all younger and all elder people' NOT any specific group of older or younger people hence 'The' cannot be used since 'The' is only used to indicate A SPECIFIC SET
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Re: Although it was expected that workers under forty would show [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2012, 12:11
84. 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 CORRECT
(E) people who are younger and those who are older

C is incorrect since "the" indicates that the sentence is talking about a particular group of “younger” and “older” people.
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Re: Although it was expected that workers under forty would show [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2012, 01:32
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but author does speak about specific people "workers under forty"...Younger and older means all younger and all elder people even if they are not workers, so 'the' should make sense..any idea?


The younger and the older is a awkward construction. Apart from this there seems to be no other explanation. Maybe if guys like Marcab or Daag Pitch in we can close in on the issue
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Re: Although it was expected that workers under forty would show [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2013, 10:10
Nope. If the workers were a particular group under discussion, then the first part of the original, non-underlined part would have to say 'THE workers under forty', and it doesn't. The fact that it just said 'workers under forty' indicates that the writer does not treat the research report as targeted to a specified group of workers.
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