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The investigations of many psychologist and anthropologists support the generalization of there being little that is a significant difference in underlying mental processes manifested by people from different culture.

(A) of there being little that is a significant difference
(B) of there being little that is significantly different
(C) of little that is significant different
(D) that there is little that is significantly different
(E) that there is little that is significant differences

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Also go for D because of correct idiom "different from".

not sure whether anyboday above raised this conceren.

The investigations of many psychologist and anthropologists support the generalization "that there is little that is significantly different" in underlying mental processes manifested by people from different culture.
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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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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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This is interesting :o

(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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Hey nusmavrik, are you sure that the missing word is "support". Because when I put "support" in the missing place the sentence does not seem to be making sense.

The investigations of many psychologists and anthropologists support the generalization that there is little [support] that is significantly different in the underlying mental processes manifested by people from different cultures.
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I did not find a convincing answer for E to be incorrect.

I googled this question and found the following explanation which makes sense:

Idiomatic usage. In the phrase 'little of X', the X has to be a singular quantity. If it's plural (like 'differences'), then you have to use few.

Examples:

There was very little food left over at the end of the party.
There were very few crab cakes left over at the end of the party.

E is wrong. "little of significant differences" is incorrect because differences is plural. we cannot use little.
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D... Sounds correct the first moment you read it..

(D) that there is little that is significantly different
(E) that there is little of significant differences

Plus, D also is a much more clear wording ...
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(E) that there is little of significant differences

It is grammatically incorrect to say (as per the construction in answer choice E), "There IS (singular) differences (plural) between X and Y." In this example the subject and verb don't agree in quantity (which they always should). For the sentence to be correct, you would have to say either, "There ARE (plural) differences (plural) between X and Y", or, "There IS (singular) difference (singular) between X and Y."

This is why E is incorrect.
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The investigations of many psychologists and anthropologists support the generalization [that there is little that is significantly different] in the underlying mental processes manifested by people from different cultures.

[strike](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[/strike]
(D) that there is little that is significantly different
(E) that there is little of significant differences

D is correct
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D it is.
I have a doubt, however.
If we were to rewrite E as follows, how does this affect the sentence?

that there is little significant difference

(I have removed the 'of' and 's'...significant difference is now singular)


The entire sentence rewritten would be as follows:

The investigations of many psychologists and anthropologists support the generalization that there is little significant difference in underlying mental processes manifested by people from different culture.

This sentence differs from option D in that 'significant' acts as an adjective here and 'significantly' as an adverb in D.

Is this sentence correct? Does the sentence above convey the same meaning as does the sentence in option D?
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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 "generalization of there being" - awkward
(B) of there being little that is significantly different "generalization of there being" - awkward
(C) of little that is significantly different "generalization of little that" - awkward
(D) that there is little that is significantly different ok
(E) that there is little of significant differences "of" not needed
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Hi All,

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.

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I personally feel that many of you have gotten confused in selecting the correct answer because the meaning of the sentence is not very clear. So let us first understand the meaning of the sentence. This sentence says that many psychologists and anthropologists carried out investigation and found out that there are very few aspects that are drastically different in the thought processes expressed by people belonging to different cultures.

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Now that we understand the meaning, it’s time to figure out the errors in the sentence. The underlined phrase “of there being” does not clearly convey that this generalization is about something. Also this “little” itself is not a “significant difference”. There is little that is “significantly different”. Hence, this phrase has to be reworded too. Now let’s run the POE to get the correct answer.

POE:

Choice A: of there being little that is a significant difference: Incorrect for reason stated above.

Choice B: of there being little that is significantly different: Incorrect as it repeats the “of there being” issue as in Choice A.

Choice C: of little that is significantly different: Incorrect. This choice distorts the meaning of the sentence because now it says “generalization of little”. The generalization is not about little.

Choice D: that there is little that is significantly different: Correct. This choice corrects both the errors in the original sentence. What this generalization is about is absolutely clear from the “that clause”. Also, it correctly conveys that there is very little that is significantly different.

Choice E: that there is little of significant differences: Incorrect as “differences” is a countable noun and hence, we should use “few” and not “little”.

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1. It is very important to understand the intended meaning of the sentence to arrive at the correct answer.
2. Use correct expressions to clearly convey the intended meaning.

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The investigations of many psychologist and anthropologists support the generalization of there being little that is a significant difference in underlying mental processes manifested by people from different culture.

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

Meaning: they support one generalization. That generalization is there is little but significant difference in the mental process followed by people.
Now A means: Being little is the significant difference. So wrong meaning. Check out there, being most of time are wordy.
B: Same as A.
C: Same as C
D: correct
E: Little of differences is wrong. Few goes with differences.
There is a little difference between a and b.
There are few differences between A and B.
Some of differences between a and B are significant.
Few of differences between a and B are significant. (Is this correct can any one put ur comments)


@Daag: Can you please comment if i make the option E as : There are a little of significant differences . Will it be correct.?
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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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It should be "generalizations that". Hence, A, B and C are out!
This is about the differences of underlying mental processes manifested by people from different cultures.

"there is little that is significantly different in the underlying process" vs.
"there is little of significant differences in the underlying process"

Differences is countable. So it should be there is few significant differences in the underlying process. E is out!
that is significantly different is not countable but a situation... So, little that is significantly different... CORRECT.

Answer: D
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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 that is missing, unnecessary "Being"
(B) of there being little that is significantly different that is missing, unnecessary "Being"
(C) of little that is significantly different that is missing
(D) that there is little that is significantly different correct
(E) that there is little of significant differences incorrect usage of little with differences(countable)
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The investigations of many psychologist and anthropologists support the generalization of there being little that is a significant difference in underlying mental processes manifested by people from different culture.

The investigations -> Subject
of many psychologist and anthropologists -> Prepositional phrase about subject
support -> Verb
the generalization -> Object

Now we need "that" to modify the generalization

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

Basically the sentence says there is little difference
Now little differences which are significantly different
So Significant should modify "little" -> So we should have a construction where little is modified

D that there is little that is significantly different -> D does it
E that there is little of significant differences -> significant -> adjective modifying differences , We require Significantly (an adverb) modify little which is acting as verb
The clause is "There is little difference" little is verb. So we require "significantly" instead of "significant".


Hence D) and not E)
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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

please explain.



is 'generalization of' correct usage? I narrowed down to D and E based on correct usage of idiom 'generalization that'
I selected D because 'different from' sounds better rather than 'differences from' ?
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Hi rohan89,
Daagh has already covered some aspects. I'll try to explain, which may have some repetition from above post..
1) Generalization of
"generalization of" is not completely wrong but depends on the usage..
for it to be correct, of' should be followed with a 'noun' example "generalization of behaviour", "generalization of rules" etc ..
But it cannot modify entire clause as in this case...
if you have to modify an entire clause or aspect... it should be generalization that....

2_) different from vs differences from....
different is an adjective and D uses it correctly...
Differences is a noun and would be correctly used if we say " there differences have grown from the time I met them last..
and YES, you are correct on both the aspects as related to this Q..
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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

please explain.


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Could you please shed some light into the grammatically correct use of following construction:

D)that there is little that is significantly different

I m frequently making errors in such constructions.
Thanks in advance


The first "that" refers to "generalization". The modifier "that that there is little that is significantly different" modifies "generalization".

The second "that" is nested within the modifier "that that there is little that is significantly different". The second "that" refers to "little". The nested modifier "that is significantly different" modifies "little".

The structure may be thought of as below:

....the generalization [that there is little (that is significantly different)].
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d) that there is little that is significantly different
e) that there is little of significant differences
E is wrong for 1 reason Little is used for uncountable things
So Little cant be used for the plural form differences

Correct usage
1. There is a little difference between the two.

2. There is little difference between the two.

3. There are few differences between the two.

Hence answer is D
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