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Re: Only seven people this century have been killed by the great [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2012, 23:25
Answer is provided by many guys appropriately. Just trying to explain the difference between usage of fewer and less.

Fewer:
Fewer is used with countable nouns: people, animals, chairs, shoes.

1.You know fewer people than I do.
2.There should be fewer books on the table.
3.I have fewer ideas than everyone else.
4.Fewer of us show up each year.



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Less is used for uncountable, usually abstract nouns: money, happiness, snow, idealism.

1.I hope less snow falls this year.
2.We need more money and less debt.
3.I have less computer savvy than you.
4.You should spend less of your time complaining.


Less is also used with adjectives and adverbs:

1.I'm less happy than I used to be.
2.He runs less quickly than you.
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Re: Only seven people this century have been killed by the great [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2013, 23:43
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Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark, the man-eater of the movies—less than those killed by bee stings.

A. movies—less than those
B. movies—fewer than have been
C. movies, which is less than those
D. movies, a number lower than the people
E. movies, fewer than the ones



Only seven HAVE BEEN KILLED by Animal A- less/fewer than HAVE BEEN by Animal B.

C,D and E are out because "which", "a number", "fewer" touch the movies. By touch rule, these phrases modify the movies. This is incorrect.
Now, we are left with A and B. We need to maintain parallelism and only B uses HAVE BEEN...

Answer: B
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Re: Only seven people this century have been killed by the great [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2013, 04:08
Can someone throw some light on why E is wrong and when to use the touch rule of modifier ...
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Re: Only seven people this century have been killed by the great [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2013, 05:08
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Can someone throw some light on why E is wrong and when to use the touch rule of modifier ...


There is a verb tense error in E

Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark, the man-eater of the movies—less than those killed by bee stings.

B. movies—fewer than have been (killed)
E. movies, fewer than the ones (killed)

The touching rule is used for noun-modifiers and has only few exceptions:
1)parallel structure like
noun, which(touches the noun) .... and which (does not touch the noun, but is in a parallel structure)
2)noun with modifiers or prepositional phrases like
the car of the year (prep phrase) that won the championship(refers to the car even if it touches the noun "year")

At the moment I cannot remember any other case... hope this answers your question!
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Re: Only seven people this century have been killed by the great [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2013, 07:23
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2)noun with modifiers or prepositional phrases like
the car of the year (prep phrase) that won the championship(refers to the car even if it touches the noun "year")

At the moment I cannot remember any other case... hope this answers your question!


Above Rule does have exceptions, and depends on the meaning of the sentence.
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Re: Only seven people this century have been killed by the great [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2014, 17:41
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Vips0000 wrote:
So going by this logic, would you consider 'fish' as countable or uncountable? you can surely count fish but cant add S at the end (or if you do, it would be a blunder :-D )
I think MGMAT's strategy with this is best: just see if counting 1 , 2, 3 etc makes sense with it. eg. 1 bottle , 2 bottles, 3 bottles etc. or 1 fish, 2 fish, 3 fish.


Ah yes, that's a good way of thinking about it. You are the man Vips.


Shouldn't one close the dash?

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Re: Only seven people this century have been killed by the great [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2014, 00:11
anon1 wrote:
I don't understand why "less' can't be used with people.

I don't consider people a count noun.

We don't say "peoples"

My definition of a "count noun" is a noun that can be plural by adding an S. Like Bottle. There are 5 water bottles here. Am I wrong?

For example, wine is non-count. How much less wine do you want?

I guess we do say, there are "5 people" here... but no S at the end.


Can someone chime in ?


When we say 5 people, we can count 5 people, can't we? :)
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