William Butler Yeats' stirring poem Meditations in Time of : GMAT Sentence Correction (SC)
Check GMAT Club App Tracker for the Latest School Decision Releases http://gmatclub.com/AppTrack

It is currently 09 Dec 2016, 16:29
GMAT Club Tests

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Close

Request Expert Reply

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

William Butler Yeats' stirring poem Meditations in Time of

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:

Hide Tags

1 KUDOS received
Intern
Intern
avatar
Status: GMAT in a week 8)
Joined: 27 Jul 2010
Posts: 18
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 6 [1] , given: 15

William Butler Yeats' stirring poem Meditations in Time of [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 09 Dec 2010, 13:02
1
This post received
KUDOS
1
This post was
BOOKMARKED
00:00
A
B
C
D
E

Difficulty:

(N/A)

Question Stats:

22% (01:03) correct 78% (01:08) wrong based on 11 sessions

HideShow timer Statistics

William Butler Yeats' stirring poem Meditations in Time of Civil War which uses imagery first depicting Ireland's overall struggle and then the poet ’ s personal experiences, allows for a large number of interpretations of individual word choice but little debate over his overall meaning .

a large number of interpretations of individual word choice but little debate over his overall meaning
a large number of interpretations of individual word choice but less debate over his overall meaning
a large amount of interpretations of individual word choice but little debate over his overall meaning
a large amount of interpretations of individual word choice but less debate over his overall meaning
large amounts of interpretations of individual word choice but little debates over his overall meaning

OA later. Please explain your answers.
Request Expert Reply
If you have any questions
you can ask an expert
New!
4 KUDOS received
Kaplan GMAT Instructor
User avatar
Joined: 21 Jun 2010
Posts: 148
Location: Toronto
Followers: 44

Kudos [?]: 184 [4] , given: 0

Re: Yeats [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 09 Dec 2010, 14:16
4
This post received
KUDOS
sheru34766 wrote:
William Butler Yeats' stirring poem Meditations in Time of Civil War which uses imagery first depicting Ireland's overall struggle and then the poet ’ s personal experiences, allows for a large number of interpretations of individual word choice but little debate over his overall meaning .

a large number of interpretations of individual word choice but little debate over his overall meaning
a large number of interpretations of individual word choice but less debate over his overall meaning
a large amount of interpretations of individual word choice but little debate over his overall meaning
a large amount of interpretations of individual word choice but less debate over his overall meaning
large amounts of interpretations of individual word choice but little debates over his overall meaning

OA later. Please explain your answers.


As we often see in GMAT sentence correction, we have a long descriptive phrase to ignore. We should read the sentence to ourselves as:
Quote:
William Butler Yeats' stirring poem ...allows for a large number of interpretations of individual word choice but little debate over his overall meaning .

(I moved the underline one word to the right, since none of the answers, including (A), include "for".)

Now that the extraneous material is gone, it's easier to analyze the sentence. The original sounds pretty good, so let's scan the choices looking for differences.

The first thing we likely see is "number" vs "amount". We use number for countables and amounts for non-countables. Can you count "interpretations"? Sure - you could have 1, 2, 3 4 or 500 interpretations. Since interpretations are countable, we need "number": eliminate C, D and E.

Now we scan A and B for a difference and we note "little" vs "less". Do little and less mean the same thing? No - little is simply a quantifier and less implies a comparison. Are we comparing the amount of debate about Yeats' meaning to some other amount of debate? Nope - therefore "less" changes the meaning of the sentence to something nonsensical and we can eliminate B.

Our original instincts prove correct - choose A!

As a small aside, even if you just notice that "less" changes the meaning of the sentence, that's good reason to choose A over B. The correct answer to a SC question will always reflect the author's intended meaning and the original sentence is our best guide to the author's intentions.
Intern
Intern
avatar
Status: GMAT in a week 8)
Joined: 27 Jul 2010
Posts: 18
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 15

Re: Yeats [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 09 Dec 2010, 18:56
Thanks Skovinsky. That is a great explanation and offcourse, the OA is A.
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Status: swimming against the current
Joined: 24 Jul 2009
Posts: 252
Location: Chennai, India
Followers: 4

Kudos [?]: 89 [0], given: 30

Re: Yeats [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 09 Dec 2010, 19:13
William Butler Yeats' stirring poem Meditations in Time of Civil War which uses imagery first depicting Ireland's overall struggle and then the poet ’ s personal experiences, allows for a large number of interpretations of individual word choice but little debate over his overall meaning .

a large number of interpretations of individual word choice but little debate over his overall meaning
a large number of interpretations of individual word choice but less debate over his overall meaning
a large amount of interpretations of individual word choice but little debate over his overall meaning
a large amount of interpretations of individual word choice but less debate over his overall meaning
large amounts of interpretations of individual word choice but little debates over his overall meaning

Surmise the q has a lot of typo's or the q is a messed up one.
What does hs refer to?
_________________

Gonna make it this time

VP
VP
avatar
Status: There is always something new !!
Affiliations: PMI,QAI Global,eXampleCG
Joined: 08 May 2009
Posts: 1353
Followers: 17

Kudos [?]: 236 [0], given: 10

Re: Yeats [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 09 Dec 2010, 21:49
mailnavin1 wrote:
William Butler Yeats' stirring poem Meditations in Time of Civil War which uses imagery first depicting Ireland's overall struggle and then the poet ’ s personal experiences, allows for a large number of interpretations of individual word choice but little debate over his overall meaning .


What does hs refer to?


Good call, Navin.
His is a possesive Pronoun.Hence,it can refer back to a possesive Noun that is Yeats' stirring poem, Yeat's here.

Example - Mikes' swimming is as good as his dancing.

I agree with the second question.The which here certainly refers to immidiate Noun here and that is War.

I believe this will help.
_________________

Visit -- http://www.sustainable-sphere.com/
Promote Green Business,Sustainable Living and Green Earth !!

Retired Moderator
User avatar
Status: worked for Kaplan's associates, but now on my own, free and flying
Joined: 19 Feb 2007
Posts: 3623
Location: India
WE: Education (Education)
Followers: 688

Kudos [?]: 5378 [0], given: 321

Re: Yeats [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 10 Dec 2010, 05:19
skovinsky has done a commendable job in explaining things so elaborately.

But for those who want a quick shot, here is something: Interpretations are countable and hence require a countable quantifier such as ‘number’ rather than the volume - marker ‘amount’. C, D and E are out instantly

Though ‘less’ can describe the non-countable (in this context )debate, still less is appropriate only when an actual comparison with another debate exists . Hence B is out. A is left as the royal choice
_________________

“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher” – a Japanese proverb.
9884544509

Re: Yeats   [#permalink] 10 Dec 2010, 05:19
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
2 Sir William Mills, the inventor b9n920 1 01 Jan 2016, 00:57
1 Two-time Presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan tuanquang269 4 14 Oct 2015, 08:55
14 Experts publish their posts in the topic Two-time Presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan, mikemcgarry 10 02 May 2013, 11:24
16 Experts publish their posts in the topic In his earlier poems, William Butler Yeats often used roygush 9 23 Feb 2013, 01:07
If Marcel Prousts memory had not been stirred by the angel2009 6 18 Apr 2010, 11:13
Display posts from previous: Sort by

William Butler Yeats' stirring poem Meditations in Time of

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.