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# less/fewer battle

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27 Nov 2008, 01:59
Because natural gas is composed mostly of methane, a simple hydrocarbon, vehicles powered by natural gas emit less of certain pollutants than the burning of gasoline or diesel fuel.
(A) less of certain pollutants than the burning of gasoline or diesel fuel
(B) fewer of certain pollutants than burning gasoline or diesel fuel do
(C) less of certain pollutants than gasoline or diesel fuel
(D) fewer of certain pollutants than does burning gasoline or diesel fuel
(E) less of certain pollutants than those burning gasoline or diesel fuel
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27 Nov 2008, 02:26
E

'pollutants' is uncountable, thus less is correct, B,D - out
Vehicles ... emit less ... than ( other vehicles) => only E satisfies
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27 Nov 2008, 11:48
Pollutants in itself is not countable for sure. Don't you think certain pollutants are countable.
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27 Nov 2008, 17:11
HG wrote:
Pollutants in itself is not countable for sure. Don't you think certain pollutants are countable.

This Q can be answered without worrying about the less v few issue. If you look at the comparisons, only E stands good. vehicles compared to vehicles

For a moment I thought D also compares vehicles to vehicles. But D compares vehicles a noun to the verb does. Hence wrong.

We are not counting the pollutants, we are referring to the quantity/amount of X number of pollutants emitted by the NG and D/F. Quantity and amount are uncountable, hence few and E
Re: less/fewer battle   [#permalink] 27 Nov 2008, 17:11
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