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Re: The investigations of many psychologists and anthropologists [#permalink] New post 03 May 2012, 01:36
I hope this one is a 700 question.

Idiom "Little of Singular Noun"

Thus it is D
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Re: The investigations of many psychologists and anthropologists [#permalink] New post 03 May 2012, 03:22
I tried to rephrase it as

there is no significant difference in the underlying mental processes of different cultures.

Something like that,

Then looked for answers.

D,E fit first and then E clearly was not the right phrase, eliminated it.

I know this is not the smoothest/recommended process. For some reason my brain wanted to rephrase and it appeared that the solution became easy.
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Re: The investigations of many psychologists and anthropologists [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2012, 09:03
(D) Vs (E)
if (E) is incorrect then please experts help me to get the right answer's reasoning.
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Re: The investigations of many psychologists and anthropologists [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2012, 05:42
Was confused between D and E chose E. but looking back, E has

"is"---"differences" hence leaves us with D!

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Re: The investigations of many psychologists and anthropologists [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2012, 05:57
good question
@nus, I doubt whether ellipsis is an issue here. But rather, I tend to view 'little' as a pronoun.
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Re: The investigations of many psychologists and anthropologists [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2012, 11:30
I first selected E, which is incorrect as "is little of differences" is incorrect because IMO "little" in this context must be used with uncountable. Alternatively it can be written as " are few of differences" but this construction will change the meaning. Another construction can be " are little differences" but this again will change the meaning. So E is the correct. The trap here is use of "Differences in" and "Different in " which forces us to think that E is unidiomatic.
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Re: The investigations of many psychologists and anthropologists [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2013, 23:01
ugimba wrote:
The investigations of many psychologists and anthropologists support the generalization of there being little that is a significant difference in the underlying mental processes manifested by people from different cultures.

(A) of there being little that is a significant difference
(B) of there being little that is significantly different
(C) of little that is significantly different
(D) that there is little that is significantly different
(E) that there is little of significant differences

please explain.


It should be "generalizations that". Hence, A, B and C are out!
This is about the differences of underlying mental processes manifested by people from different cultures.

"there is little that is significantly different in the underlying process" vs.
"there is little of significant differences in the underlying process"

Differences is countable. So it should be there is few significant differences in the underlying process. E is out!
that is significantly different is not countable but a situation... So, little that is significantly different... CORRECT.

Answer: D
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Re: The investigations of many psychologists and anthropologists [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2013, 01:16
The investigations of many psychologists and anthropologists support the generalization of there being little that is a significant difference in the underlying mental processes manifested by people from different cultures.

(A) of there being little that is a significant difference that is missing, unnecessary "Being"
(B) of there being little that is significantly different that is missing, unnecessary "Being"
(C) of little that is significantly different that is missing
(D) that there is little that is significantly different correct
(E) that there is little of significant differences incorrect usage of little with differences(countable)
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Re: The investigations of many psychologists and anthropologists [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2014, 06:39
i an not even able to understand the question
can some one explain me
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Re: The investigations of many psychologists and anthropologists [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2014, 04:27
Idiomatic usage. In the phrase 'little of X', the X has to be a singular quantity. If it's plural (like 'differences'), then you have to use few.
so E is out and D is the correct option!!
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