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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 03 May 2012, 06:23
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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.

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I personally feel that many of you have gotten confused in selecting the correct answer because the meaning of the sentence is not very clear. So let us first understand the meaning of the sentence. This sentence says that many psychologists and anthropologists carried out investigation and found out that there are very few aspects that are drastically different in the thought processes expressed by people belonging to different cultures.

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Now that we understand the meaning, it’s time to figure out the errors in the sentence. The underlined phrase “of there being” does not clearly convey that this generalization is about something. Also this “little” itself is not a “significant difference”. There is little that is “significantly different”. Hence, this phrase has to be reworded too. Now let’s run the POE to get the correct answer.

POE:

Choice A: of there being little that is a significant difference: Incorrect for reason stated above.

Choice B: of there being little that is significantly different: Incorrect as it repeats the “of there being” issue as in Choice A.

Choice C: of little that is significantly different: Incorrect. This choice distorts the meaning of the sentence because now it says “generalization of little”. The generalization is not about little.

Choice D: that there is little that is significantly different: Correct. This choice corrects both the errors in the original sentence. What this generalization is about is absolutely clear from the “that clause”. Also, it correctly conveys that there is very little that is significantly different.

Choice E: that there is little of significant differences: Incorrect as “differences” is a countable noun and hence, we should use “few” and not “little”.

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1. It is very important to understand the intended meaning of the sentence to arrive at the correct answer.
2. Use correct expressions to clearly convey the intended meaning.

Hope this helps.
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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
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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
(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

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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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