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Many senior senators have created large staffs by means of their committee positions, while junior senators who want to be more active are forced to limp along with less aides than they need.
(A) while junior senators who want to be more active are forced to limp along with less aides than they need
(B) at the same time junior senators who want to be more active are forced to limp along with less aides than are necessary
(C) and junior senators who want to be more active are forced to limp along with less than the necessary number of aides
(D) while junior senators who want to be more active are forced to limp along with fewer aides than they need
(E) but junior senators who want to be more active are forced to limp along with their fewer than needed aides
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Re: SC: Senators [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2009, 22:36
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Many senior senators have created large staffs by means of their committee positions, while junior senators who want to be more active are forced to limp along with less aides than they need.
(A) while junior senators who want to be more active are forced to limp along with less aides than they need
(B) at the same time junior senators who want to be more active are forced to limp along with less aides than are necessary
(C) and junior senators who want to be more active are forced to limp along with less than the necessary number of aides
(D) while junior senators who want to be more active are forced to limp along with fewer aides than they need
(E) but junior senators who want to be more active are forced to limp along with their fewer than needed aides



D looks good

Aid --> countable .. 1 aid ,2 aides

fewer aides --> correct

A,B,C -out

between D and E
In E --.their fewer than needed aides --awkward.

fewer aides than they need
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Re: SC: Senators [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2009, 22:52
I too will go with D.

Since aides are countable, 'fewer' is the correct form.

Between D and E, D wins as E is slightly awkward

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Re: SC: Senators [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2009, 00:35
I'll go with D..

because the coorect option requires "fewer" rather than less....

and moreover aides are countable so D is the best choice
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Re: SC: Senators [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2009, 21:26
Thanks everyone. OA is D.

I guess, E is wrong also because "fewer than needed aid" has a different meaning from "fewer aid than what they needed".
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Re: SC: Senators [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2009, 21:36
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Thanks everyone. OA is D.

I guess, E is wrong also because "fewer than needed aid" has a different meaning from "fewer aid than what they needed".


aid is different from aides and aid is not countable as aides are. E is awkward
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Re: SC: Senators [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2009, 21:47
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scthakur wrote:
Thanks everyone. OA is D.

I guess, E is wrong also because "fewer than needed aides" has a different meaning from "fewer aides than what they needed".


aid is different from aides and aid is not countable as aides are. E is awkward



Thanks icandy. It was my typo error above.
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Re: SC: Senators [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2009, 02:56
D :).
Because aides can be counted... hence fewer(D) as opposed to less(A)
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