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# Although it was expected that workers under forty would show

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84. Although it was expected that workers under forty would show hostility to the plan, the research report indicates that both younger and the older peopleapprove of governmental appropriations for Social Security.
(A) younger and the older people
(B) younger people and the older
(C) the younger and the older people
(D) younger and older people
(E) people who are younger and those who are older

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27 Oct 2004, 04:33
saurya_s wrote:
84. Although it was expected that workers under forty would show hostility to the plan, the research report indicates that both u][younger and the older people[/u] approve of governmental appropriations for Social Security.
(A) younger and the older people
(B) younger people and the older
(C) the younger and the older people
(D) younger and older people
(E) people who are younger and those who are older

This is tricky, but I strongly believe Venksume is right and that the right answer shd be D. C presents a challenge and it is introduced just to cause testtakers to waste time debating between that choice and D.
the common idiom usage is both x and y. I wish I could present reasons why the use of the definate artice (the) is wrong in this case.
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27 Oct 2004, 05:06
Yes idiom is both X and Y. 'the' before adjectives (here younger and older are adjectives) is typically done to give it a function of a 'noun'. Here that is unwarranted.
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29 Oct 2004, 02:46
Please correct me guys but I think C would be competitive with an additional people :

Although it was expected that workers under forty would show hostility to the plan, the research report indicates that both u][younger and the older people[/u] approve of governmental appropriations for Social Security.
(A) younger and the older people
(B) younger people and the older
(C) the younger PEOPLE and the older people
(D) younger and older people
(E) people who are younger and those who are older
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29 Oct 2004, 10:24
venksune wrote:
Yes idiom is both X and Y. 'the' before adjectives (here younger and older are adjectives) is typically done to give it a function of a 'noun'. Here that is unwarranted.

venksune, gr8 insight buddy !

"both X and Y" idiom demands X and Y to be NOUNS, what do u say ?. C is more preferable because definite article "the" as you said converts adjectives to noun.

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04 May 2005, 06:41
C is parallel for the same reason D is parallel thus i look forward to the OA and OE to know what is being tested here.
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04 May 2005, 06:50
D)...IMO its not necessary to use "the" because we speak about younger and older people in general and not about a specific group of younger and older people.
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04 May 2005, 07:34
C is not parallal.it is parallaling "the younger" and the "the older people"

to make it parallal it should be
"both the younger people and the older people"
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04 May 2005, 17:26
dipaksingh wrote:
C is not parallal.it is parallaling "the younger" and the "the older people"

to make it parallal it should be
"both the younger people and the older people"

I am not certain what the OA is but pls take a closer look at C, it is in fact parallel
04 May 2005, 17:26
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