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# Less than

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12 Jul 2003, 09:18
With total sales of less than three hundred thousand dollars and fewer new subscribers than last year, the New England Theatre Company is in danger of losing its building.

A. of less than three hundred thousand dollars and fewer
B. lower than three hundred thousand dollars and less
C. lesser than three hundred thousand dollars and fewer
D. fewer than three hundred thousand dollars and less
E. of fewer than three hundred thousand dollars and of fewer

I an very confused with the use of less/lesser. Explanations would be most appreciated.
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12 Jul 2003, 09:37
My Ans: C
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12 Jul 2003, 09:54
My Ans: C

I chose C too. But the official answer is A.
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12 Jul 2003, 11:00
English is strange. We use "greater than" but the proper idiom the other way is "less than". Probably because "great" is not a relative adjective, whereas "less" is.
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12 Jul 2003, 12:12
AkamaiBrah wrote:
English is strange. We use "greater than" but the proper idiom the other way is "less than". Probably because "great" is not a relative adjective, whereas "less" is.

would With total sales less than ... be correct. Is it necessary to have the of before less.
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13 Jul 2003, 22:29
vote for A.
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06 Dec 2003, 22:21
Bump for a detailed explanation.

Please provide a detail explanation (preferably with examples) of when to use which one .. less than, grater than, fewer than, more than.
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06 Dec 2003, 22:52
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Bump for a detailed explanation.

Please provide a detail explanation (preferably with examples) of when to use which one .. less than, grater than, fewer than, more than.

"lesser than" is not correct usage
i could not think of any examples involving "lesser than"
less than is the idiom.
you have an example of less than right here.

fewer than + countable noun

i have fewer than 10 bucks
the number of people in the class was fewer than was expected.

More than and Greater than
again, the same thing...
more than + uncountable noun
greater than + countable noun
My Avatar cause more trouble than i expected
Here "trouble" is a uncountable noun
The Cost of the damage was greater than what most families could bear.
"Cost" is a countable noun. you can assign a value to it

Good enough, pitts?

thanks
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06 Dec 2003, 23:15
yup .. good enough.

And good examples too
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