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18. There is a widespread belief in the US and Western Europe that young people
have a smaller commitment to work and a career than their parents and
grandparents
and that the source of the change lies in the collapse of the
'work ethic'.
A. a smaller commitment to work and a career than their parents and grandparents
B. less of a commitment to work and a career than their parents and grandparents
C. a smaller commitment to work and a career than their parents and grandparents
D. less of a commitment to work and a career than their parents and grandparents
E. a lessening of the commitment to work and a career than their parents and

why not b?
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02 Dec 2011, 02:51
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Here's the solution:

Let's first look at the splits available in the answer choices. Clearly, the smaller v/s less v/s lessening is the most important split.
Note that 'commitment' is not something that could be counted or measured tangibly.
So, we cannot use 'smaller' to qualify commitment.

For this reason, we can straight away eliminate options A and C.

Now, between less and lessening, the latter indicates something that is ongoing. In GMAT, always prefer the simple tense form. So, we can eliminate option E as well.

Between options B and D, work and career are two things that are directly compared to parents and grandparents in option B. However, the comparison should be between the work and career of parents and grandparents with the work and career of the young people in US. For this reason, option B is incorrect.

Option D clearly compares the work and careers of the young people in US with that of their parents and grandparents by using the verb 'had'. Hence this is the correct answer choice.

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Just a simple factor. A proper comparison that involves a verb (have) in the first arm requires a parallel verb in the second arm. A, B, and C fail that test, since they all compare parents and the like and not what they had

Between D and E, E awkwardly points to a lessening of something, implying that the youngsters deliberately lessened their commitment, which is in fact residual effect of the collapse of the work ethic.

D is the choice
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03 Dec 2011, 05:28
+1 for D, we need helping verb "had" to have clearer meaning. Agree with sludish's reasoning.
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07 Dec 2011, 03:16
less of....... a career ......?? is this correct in option D
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07 Dec 2011, 04:45
whats the difference between choice A & C ?

D for me.

"Less vs small" and "had" make it from me
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11 Dec 2011, 22:04
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Its D

Nicely explained by sudish. Kudos to you!
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