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# There is a wide spread belief that young people have a

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There is a wide spread belief 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 that of their parents and grandparents
(D) less of a commitment to work and a career than their parents and grandparents had
(E) a lessening of the commitmet to work and a career that their parents had

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04 May 2008, 10:26
lessening is wrong usage ,so eliminate e.again small commitment?need to use less so we are left with b and d.and d because of parallelism since commitment is being compared.Ans D

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04 May 2008, 11:50
My pick is C.

Choice C properly compares two things:

1. commitment of young people towards work and career
2. commitment of their parents and grandparents towards work and career.

Use of Had (past perfect) in choice D is not correct. 'Had' doesn't replace parent's commitents.

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05 May 2008, 02:54
Its between A and D. I'd go for A. "less of a" is colloquial, and also a has elliptical construction.

Although it could well be D - I'd be very interested in OA, because there is some debate over how often gmat tests ellipsis.

Brindusa wrote:
There is a wide spread belief 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 that of their parents and grandparents
(D) less of a commitment to work and a career than their parents and grandparents had
(E) a lessening of the commitmet to work and a career that their parents had

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05 May 2008, 06:23
(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 that of their parents and grandparents (construction smaller ..., than that of ... seems ok to me)
(D) less of a commitment to work and a career than their parents and grandparents had (what parents had? "less of a commitment"?)
(E) a lessening of the commitmet to work and a career that their parents had

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05 May 2008, 13:54
i would go with D.
commitmentr is less , not small. !what is the OA

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05 May 2008, 21:12
Brindusa wrote:
There is a wide spread belief 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 that of their parents and grandparents
(D) less of a commitment to work and a career than their parents and grandparents had
(E) a lessening of the commitmet to work and a career that their parents had

D.

I don't think you can say "smaller commitment". Smaller generally implies an exact (countable) quantity, and commitment doesn't fit. A, C are out for me.

E implies that young people have the same career that their parents had.

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06 May 2008, 10:11
Brindusa wrote:
There is a wide spread belief 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 that of their parents and grandparents
(D) less of a commitment to work and a career than their parents and grandparents had
(E) a lessening of the commitmet to work and a career that their parents had

D.
'less' is required for non-countable, 'committment' and need 'had' to show that the belief of their parents/grandparents occurred before the young people.

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