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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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D. (A/B out being) (E out little of) (C general of little out)
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05 Mar 2009, 21:25
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Conkergmat, could you explain in detail why you ruled out E. To me, only options are A and E (for use of "differences in") and D is out. But, since A is awkward, E should be the answer.
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05 Mar 2009, 22:03
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In D 'That' correctly refers to " there is little".

IMO D
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I think, only D and E can come close - I went for E.
Idiom: difference in X (X being noun).

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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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06 Mar 2009, 23:11
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My choice is E.generalization should be followed by that. Hence D and E are narrowed down. D is wrong bcos correct idiom is "different from". Hence E is the best choice
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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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06 Mar 2009, 23:49
in E "there is little of significant differences" is wordy

IMO D.."different from" is CORRECT usage here
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07 Mar 2009, 08:07
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

Hi mates,

IMO E

A and B out because of "being"
C sounds wordy: what is "that" modifing?
D sounds wordy: idem
E hold

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07 Mar 2009, 08:19
Nitya, but in D "from" is missing.
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in E "there is little of significant differences" is wordy

IMO D.."different from" is CORRECT usage here
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09 Mar 2009, 14:41
OA is D. Thanks for the explanations.
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D. A,B,C are out because the of doesn't work
E is out because of the of also.
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08 Jan 2010, 10:24
Although E jumps out be the first choice but I had to convince why it is D;
different points to generaliization being singular whereas in E differences conflict the number...

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09 Jan 2010, 08:27
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IMO E.
Assuming that everybody narrowed down to choices D & E; this is my explanation for E.
IMO the meaning of sentence is this:
Investigations support the generalization that there is not much difference in the mental processes of people from different cultures.

Now D says "little that is significantly different"
in other words "some(little) mental processes differ significantly among these people"

Now E says that "little of significant differences"
in other words "not much difference between the mental processes of these people".

hence the way E conveys the message of the sentence is much better that D, assuming I haven't left out any grammatical errors unnoticed.
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09 Jan 2010, 21:23
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

Here...
Idiom should be '' --------significantly different from-------"
hence b,c,d ruled out

a is too wordy

Hence choice remains 'E'
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11 Jan 2010, 01:17
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

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Of there being is not GMAT like to A B out.
generalization of little does not make sense.

Now between D and E D looks better to me E I don't seem to know the grammar rule as to what is wrong (that there is little of significant - sounds bad to me).
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04 Mar 2010, 05:53
idiom: little of is not correct
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04 Mar 2010, 10:30
got stuck between D and E.

little "of" differences...of sounded a bit vague so went with E.

Please explain if there is a better of eliminating D.
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12 Jun 2010, 13:04
OA is D. Im still confused between D and E.
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12 Jun 2010, 21:25
This is interesting

(D) that there is little that is significantly different ----> this construction is weird.

(E) that there is little of significant differences -----> little of (significant differences). Is awful.

Both are passive because of the use of "there". and yet the answer is one of D or E.

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Now I see your pain. I re-read the sentence to me again

Sounds ellipsis.

d) that there is little [support] that is significantly different ----> support is ellipsed. Nails D as the answer.

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