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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 "generalization of there being" - awkward
(B) of there being little that is significantly different "generalization of there being" - awkward
(C) of little that is significantly different "generalization of little that" - awkward
(D) that there is little that is significantly different ok
(E) that there is little of significant differences "of" not needed
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New post 03 May 2012, 02:36
I hope this one is a 700 question.

Idiom "Little of Singular Noun"

Thus it is D
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New post 03 May 2012, 04:22
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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(D) Vs (E)
if (E) is incorrect then please experts help me to get the right answer's reasoning.
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Was confused between D and E chose E. but looking back, E has

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

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New post 27 Aug 2012, 06:57
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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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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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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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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i an not even able to understand the question
can some one explain me
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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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Why Option E is wrong

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.
There was very little food left over at the end of the party.
There were very few crab cakes left over at the end of the party.


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D because of perfect parallelism, no usage of the awkward being construction
E didn't seem right because of 'little of significant differences'
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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.



is 'generalization of' correct usage? I narrowed down to D and E based on correct usage of idiom 'generalization that'
I selected D because 'different from' sounds better rather than 'differences from' ?
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Generalization of, per se, is a common usage in several instances, such as generalization of human behavior, generalization of climatic conditions such as tropical, subtropical, temperate etc. However, whenever we want to present a report, a theory, a finding or a recording, it is usual to present in a relative clause that describes the generalization in further terms.

Also, see another similar OG 12 example, which goes as

Gall’s hypothesis of there being different mental functions localized in different parts of the brain is widely accepted today.

(A) of there being different mental functions localized in different parts of the brain is widely accepted today
(B) of different mental functions that are localized in different parts of the brain is widely accepted today
(C) that different mental functions are localized in different parts of the brain is widely accepted today
(D) which is that there are different mental functions localized in different parts of the brain is widely accepted today
(E) which is widely accepted today is that there are different mental functions localized in different parts of the brain
OA is C.
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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.


A and B out - being
C fragment
D Correct.
E Does not make sense.
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