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24 Aug 2009, 12:12
rohansherry wrote:
pls explain

I pick D.

'less of commit' sounds better than 'smaller commit..' . C comes close but 'smaller' makes it awkward.
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24 Aug 2009, 12:43
Agree with D

Using smaller with commitment sounds wrong..

B is a bit ambiguous
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24 Aug 2009, 13:00
D

Less of a commitment and a career and 'had'

What is the OA?
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25 Aug 2009, 05:21
I suppose that you have problems choosing between B and D.

Option B is ambiguous

young people have less of a commitment to work and a career than TO their parents and grand parents.

Someone could read the sentence this way, distorting the meaning. Option D solves this ambiguity.
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25 Aug 2009, 06:22
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I suppose that you have problems choosing between B and D.

Option B is ambiguous

young people have less of a commitment to work and a career than TO their parents and grand parents.

Someone could read the sentence this way, distorting the meaning. Option D solves this ambiguity.

nope i was strugling bwen c and d.....

and in b its not coomparing to grandpaents..rather their work
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25 Aug 2009, 09:20
I pick D.
First: Less of a commitment sounds better
Second: we need HAD at the end: younger people have less...than their grandparents [url]had[/url] - and i think it is a decisive factor between C&D.
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25 Aug 2009, 09:26
tomirisk wrote:
I pick D.
First: Less of a commitment sounds better
Second: we need HAD at the end: younger people have less...than their grandparents [url]had[/url] - and i think it is a decisive factor between C&D.

Sorry not convinced... If can be "that of" rather than HAD.....guess, thats wat we doing in evry other quesss
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25 Aug 2009, 16:48
rohansherry wrote:
tomirisk wrote:
I pick D.
First: Less of a commitment sounds better
Second: we need HAD at the end: younger people have less...than their grandparents [url]had[/url] - and i think it is a decisive factor between C&D.

Sorry not convinced... If can be "that of" rather than HAD.....guess, thats wat we doing in evry other quesss

between C and D, i dont think smaller commitment is the correct usage? we are comparing what we have to what they (parents, gp, etc) had, i feel that this is a more direct way of describing than "that of our parents..."
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25 Aug 2009, 23:18
rohansherry wrote:
mikeCoolBoy wrote:
I suppose that you have problems choosing between B and D.

Option B is ambiguous

young people have less of a commitment to work and a career than TO their parents and grand parents.

Someone could read the sentence this way, distorting the meaning. Option D solves this ambiguity.

nope i was strugling bwen c and d.....

and in b its not coomparing to grandpaents..rather their work

I think small commitment is not correct usage, or at least less preferred, but I'm not 100% percent sure.

Anyway IMO the best reason to choose D over C is that D has better parallelism

(1) I have a car THAT is bigger than THAT of my parents.
(2) I have a bigger car than THAT OF my parents
(3) I have a bigger car than DO my parents

I think options 1 and 3 have better parallelism than does 2
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25 Aug 2009, 23:30
IMO "D". "Smaller" commitment doesn't make sense.
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17 Aug 2010, 11:12
first of all less is the right usage, commitment cannot be smaller.
We need had in the end to show that we are comparing commitment of parents and grandparents to that of children
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young people have less of a commitment to work and a career than their parents and grandparents had......

D it is.
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21 Aug 2010, 05:22
yes man D it is ....between B and D .. D is correct because "had " had to be repeated we did not have a choice
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21 Aug 2010, 06:29
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I think you might be confused by "small" because we typically say "big commitment" but in written English, "small commitment" is just incorrect.

Parallelism eliminates B. There's a need for the "had" to compare the first part of the sentence to the latter.
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22 Apr 2013, 12:02
I will rather say the meaning gets distorted when u "a smaller commitment " , Now i am talking of commitment whose size is small OA please
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