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New post 22 Oct 2011, 01:09
Agree with D. Committment incorrectly compared with parents and grandparents; it should instead be compared with committment of parents and grandparents. Correctly revised in D.

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New post 22 Oct 2011, 09:38
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Two splits here
1) commitment is uncountable, hence use "less" with commiiment.
2) we need "had" to show that older generation "had" more commitment.

(D) takes cares of both these issues.
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New post 22 Oct 2011, 09:44
1. Original sentence made a comaprison between 'young people's commitment to work' and 'parents and grandparents'. Therefore, there is a comparison issue.
2. Commitment is uncountable therefors 'Less' should be used instead.

'D' resolves these issues
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commitment cannot be counted so instead of small less should be used, that leaves us with B, D and E.
Out of the three D is the right answer as "Had" indicates the past tense correctly. :)

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DenisSh wrote:
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D wins. we need to add "had" at the end of the sentence to complete the comparison. This sentence has a comparison error.

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New post 30 Oct 2011, 22:15
Two issues are there That question .

1- adjective or adverb (smaller or less)
.Smaller is adjective and can't modifying have ;It's modifying young people ;Hence ,incorrect .We need less which is working as adverb.
2- Comparison .In original sentence convey two meaning.
A--young people ...............Than to their grand parents
B- young people ................Than their grand parents had(we can't infer grand parents is subject or object of second clause.

D- convey The best of meaning and compassion

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Ans- D
"Less" should be used in place of "Smaller" as Commitment is not countable.So A,C are out.
Also "Had" is required in the sentence "than their Parenets and Grandparents".

Option E is out due to sentence "a Lessening of commitment".

Out of remaining options-B & D, D is correct.

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D it is as commitment cannot be counted and D has had which is necessary for comparison.

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Is "less of a commitment" means the same as "less committed" ?

Can we use comparative adjectives in the form of "less of a ... " ??

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I saw this thread is from awhile ago but no one addressed why D, the correct answer, uses had. For future reference if anyone else is using Google after going through gmatprep you have to use had here because you are comparing the current commitment of young people to their parents commitment from the past. Therefore, if you do not include had you would be comparing young people's present day work ethic with their parent's present day work ethic; which, is obviously not the author's intent.

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noboru wrote:
There is a widespread belief in the US and Western Europe 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 commitment to work and a career than their parents and
grandparents had


Is Option C correct if we use 'Less' instead of 'Smaller'? Please advise
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There is a widespread belief in the United States and Western Europe 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".
1) ".."
2) less of a commitment to work and a career than their parents and grandparents
3) a smaller commitment to work and a career than that of their parents and grandparents
4) less of a commitment to work and a career than their parents and grandparents had
5) a lessening of the commitment to work and a career that their parent and grandparents had


Can someone explain why option C is wrong :( :(

is that only becuase smaller is physical and less is abstract?

IMO - Option C - young people have a smaller commitment to work and a career than commitment of their parents and grandparents

whats wrong in it..Please advise
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There is a widespread belief in the United States and Western Europe 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".
1) ".."
2) less of a commitment to work and a career than their parents and grandparents
3) a smaller commitment to work and a career than that of their parents and grandparents
4) less of a commitment to work and a career than their parents and grandparents had
5) a lessening of the commitment to work and a career that their parent and grandparents had


Can someone explain why option C is wrong :( :(

is that only becuase smaller is physical and less is abstract?

IMO - Option C - young people have a smaller commitment to work and a career than commitment of their parents and grandparents

whats wrong in it..Please advise


Hi,

there are two errors--


1) firstly as mentioned by you is usage of smaller instead of less...
smaller is an adjective actually talking of the size ..
boeing 757 is smaller than airbus xyz..
less is more for abstract things.. and means smaller extent etc..

2) 'what does " that of" stands for..
that cannot be smaller commitment ...
the Verb have should be the one used in later half to show parallelism--had--

example --
I have a smaller car than that of my father --WRONG
I have a smaller car than my father had..
OR
My car is smaller than that of my father..

Hope it helps
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Commitment is uncountable hence you need less not smaller.
Eliminate A and C
Option B incorrectly compares commitments to parents and grandparents. Eliminate

Between D and E, option E changes the meaning by using lessening.

Correct Option: D

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There is a widespread belief in the United States and Western Europe 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".

1) ".." - smaller is wrongly used for commitment.
2) less of a commitment to work and a career than their parents and grandparents
this choice neeeds verb because peope have commitment and parents HAD. whenever the tense shift is there we cannot ellipse the verb in comparison.
3) a smaller commitment to work and a career than that of their parents and grandparents
4) less of a commitment to work and a career than their parents and grandparents had
5) a lessening of the commitment to work and a career that their parent and grandparents had
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I went with B because i thought B is shorter. but now I understand that everything must be clear in GMAT. This is an important pattern that I must learn.

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New post 10 Jan 2018, 21:11
i am painful by C

less is better than smaller , which is about size. for abstract noun, less is good.
my happiness is less
my happiness can not be smaller.

this is logic meaning error gmat alway test us. using our common sense we find this error.

second thing
choice D is parallel and so is better than choice C which is not in parallel pattern.

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