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Most students like to read these kind of books during their spare time.

A) these kind of books
B) these kind of book
C) this kind of book
D) this kinds of books
E) those kinds of books
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Most students like to read these kind of books during their spare time.

A) these kind of books
Wrong. [these + singular noun] --> wrong.

B) these kind of book
Wrong. Same error as in A. [these + singular noun] --> wrong.

C) this kind of book
Correct.

D) this kinds of books
Wrong. [this + plural noun] --> wrong.

E) those kinds of books
Wrong. That and those are often used with the 'there' to indicate that the object is away from the speaker. But we're actually talking about a particular kind of book that is near to us, not something away from us. Thus, E is wrong.

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carcass wrote:
This is a really poor quality question.

I suggest you to use sources other than Barron's


Yes I felt the same :-D
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is there anything wrong with E grammatically? I understand pqhai's rationale for C being correct, but disagree about E because there is no way to tell whether the book(s) referred to are close or far
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New post 28 May 2017, 13:42
The problem with trying to distinguish this/these/those is that this usage depends on context. Without any context, there's no way to say that any of those three words is wrong. Needless to say, the GMAT would never provide us with an SC question like this.

(I just realized that I used "those" in my explanation: "those three words." Notice that it is not describing anything far away. It's simply one way of referring to something I'd just mentioned. I could also have said "these.")
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