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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote ## The majority of the talk ##### This topic has 1 expert reply and 1 member reply ### Top Member ## The majority of the talk The majority of the talk was devoted to an account of the experimental methods used by investigators in the field. a) The majority of the talk was b) The greater part of the talk was c) The bulk of the talk has been d) A large amount of the talk has been e) A predominance of the talk was What is wrong with the other Options?Can experts explain? OA B ### GMAT/MBA Expert GMAT Instructor Joined 04 Oct 2017 Posted: 551 messages Followed by: 11 members Upvotes: 180 Top Reply Hello! First of all, I totally understand why this one is confusing! Many people use these terms interchangeably, and they really shouldn't! Here is a breakdown of why each answer is right or wrong: a) The majority of the talk was This one is incorrect because it misuses the word "majority." In English, we should use the word majority when talking about more than half of a group of people/animals. Majority shouldn't be used to talk about the amount or volume of something. We can say that a majority of college students worry about exams, but we can't say the majority of the exam was difficult. b) The greater part of the talk was This one is correct. It uses the right terms to describe how much of the talk itself is devoted to that particular topic. Since "part" is often used to break down inanimate objects or concepts, this one is right! c) The bulk of the talk has been Again, this is a common word that's misused in English. "Bulk" should only refer to the size/volume/weight of an object - not to a percentage of something. Since the subject (the talk) isn't something with a set size/weight, we can't use bulk here. d) A large amount of the talk has been Much like C, using the word "amount" is wrong. It suggests that giving a talk has some kind of volume or weight you can measure, which doesn't really make sense. Only use "amount" for discussing the volume, weight, or size of something. e) A predominance of the talk was The word "predominance" means that there is more of something in the world than others, and should only be used to refer to a plural subject. You can't say that only one thing (the talk) is a predominance of something - there's only one. You could say, "There was a predominance of talks at the convention about the scientific method," which means most of the talks (plural) at the convention were about one topic. I hope this helps! I'm available if you'd like any follow up. _________________ GMAT Prep From The Economist We offer 70+ point score improvement money back guarantee. Our average student improves 98 points. Free 7-Day Test Prep with Economist GMAT Tutor - Receive free access to the top-rated GMAT prep course including a 1-on-1 strategy session, 2 full-length tests, and 5 ask-a-tutor messages. Get started now. ### Top Member Moderator Joined 07 Sep 2017 Posted: 3159 messages Followed by: 8 members EconomistGMATTutor wrote: Hello! First of all, I totally understand why this one is confusing! Many people use these terms interchangeably, and they really shouldn't! Here is a breakdown of why each answer is right or wrong: a) The majority of the talk was This one is incorrect because it misuses the word "majority." In English, we should use the word majority when talking about more than half of a group of people/animals. Majority shouldn't be used to talk about the amount or volume of something. We can say that a majority of college students worry about exams, but we can't say the majority of the exam was difficult. b) The greater part of the talk was This one is correct. It uses the right terms to describe how much of the talk itself is devoted to that particular topic. Since "part" is often used to break down inanimate objects or concepts, this one is right! c) The bulk of the talk has been Again, this is a common word that's misused in English. "Bulk" should only refer to the size/volume/weight of an object - not to a percentage of something. Since the subject (the talk) isn't something with a set size/weight, we can't use bulk here. d) A large amount of the talk has been Much like C, using the word "amount" is wrong. It suggests that giving a talk has some kind of volume or weight you can measure, which doesn't really make sense. Only use "amount" for discussing the volume, weight, or size of something. e) A predominance of the talk was The word "predominance" means that there is more of something in the world than others, and should only be used to refer to a plural subject. You can't say that only one thing (the talk) is a predominance of something - there's only one. You could say, "There was a predominance of talks at the convention about the scientific method," which means most of the talks (plural) at the convention were about one topic. I hope this helps! I'm available if you'd like any follow up. Thanks a lot! • Get 300+ Practice Questions 25 Video lessons and 6 Webinars for FREE Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Magoosh Study with Magoosh GMAT prep Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Free Trial & Practice Exam BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • FREE GMAT Exam Know how you'd score today for$0

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