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.
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.
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”.
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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