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GMAT Grammar Book: Nouns

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Re: GMAT Grammar Book: Nouns [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2011, 09:28
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Following are some of the clarifications that I can think of

1) (clarification) The chair is a useful article.

Here Chair represents all the chairs in the world so its a singular noun meant to represent a whole class so 'The' makes sense.

Similar examples may be
The donkey is a hard working animal
The rose is a beautiful flower

2) As for the question from rasvg --

" 4. I have a large stamp collection. The stamps in this section are from the United States.
___Others___ are from ___other___ places in the world.

Why not "The Others" instead of "Others"?
"The Others are from other places in the world"
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Here is my understanding.
In the context of the sentence, we are talking about a section of stamps vis-a-vis the stamps in other sections.

So "Others" will imply all the stamp other than those belonging to this section, where as "The others" may imply stamps belonging to another specific section. (Not sure if my understanding is correct !!! )

Can some one correct me if I am wrong ??

Here is my doubt
(Exercise 5)
Not sure why 'Hardly any' is wrong usage where as 'a great deal of' is correct usage, in the following sentence

Joan drank ____ sodas
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Re: GMAT Grammar Book: Nouns [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2011, 10:03
ravsg wrote:
Last set of questions in this section.

When number noun combinations are used, they are always hyphenated.
The hike was eight hours to the temple.
Question - If "eight hours" is an object with eight being an adjective and hours being a noun, why isn't there a hyphen in "eight hours" i.e. "eight-hours"?

These tickets cost forty dollars.
Same question as the previous sentence.

It was an eight-hour hike to the temple.
Question - Here, is "eight-hour" an adjective to the noun hike?

Is it correct to put a hyphen in below as -
The hike was twenty-eight hours to the temple.


These are forty-dollar tickets.
Same question as the previous sentence.

Thanks in advance!!!


I think here the author was trying to say that
when number noun combination (such as eight hours) are used as an adjective to a noun, then they are always hyphenated.

If this is true then it implicitly answers your queries.
Re: GMAT Grammar Book: Nouns   [#permalink] 05 Feb 2011, 10:03
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