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# Only seven people this century have been killed by the great

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

A. moviesâ€”less than those
B. moviesâ€”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

Hello, I've reviewed the previous discussion. But, I'm still confused between B and E.

any good explantaion?

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08 Feb 2005, 19:45
E .. fewer is for countable things. i was confused between B and E but well E seems to be better
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08 Feb 2005, 20:08
where is killed by the bees? IS it supposed to be underlined

Why so you say E? Ones refers to what?
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08 Feb 2005, 20:38
no i don't think it is underlined.. it is only till than those
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08 Feb 2005, 21:28
IMO (B).. maintains parallelism..

Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark, the man-eater of the moviesâ€”fewer than have been killed by bee stings.

(A) incorrectly uses less..
(C) which refers to what?? movies/sharks
(D) compares number with people
(E) not too sure.. use of ones...
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08 Feb 2005, 21:52
Hmmm I was thinking E but your post has made me doubting myself.
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08 Feb 2005, 22:14
B looks good because it is a comparision.

people killed by .......... than people killed by............
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08 Feb 2005, 22:55
I think (B) is correct.
I would eliminate (E) because it said "fewer than the ones". "ones" refers to what? If "ones" = "people" then it is wrong comparision.
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09 Feb 2005, 01:56
I still prefer E.

Even if ones refer to people, they are countable and hence would require few/fewer... isn't it?
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09 Feb 2005, 02:13
(B) for me too

Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark, the man-eater of the movies â€” fewer than have been by (killed) bee stings.
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13 Feb 2005, 04:26
Excuse me, I would like to ask when to use "ones", and when to use "those."

Can we replace "those" with "ones"?
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13 Feb 2005, 11:32
IMO
only "killed" in "E" with out the auxillary "have been" does not convey the time period .

simply "killed" tells the action was in past , but the sentence requires a present perfect tense.

Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark, the man-eater of the movies, fewer than the ones killed by bee stings (in the last ten years/ in the last two centuries----- )
there can be various past time references by the use of only "killed".

"B" whereas with the auxillary "have been" cleary tells that the action is continuing from the start of this century to present date. (present perfect).

would like to see comments on my thought
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13 Feb 2005, 17:45
I like Dipak's explanation of why we need a perfect tense to complete the sentence.
This is a tough one and I select B.
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14 Feb 2005, 05:21
chunjuwu wrote:
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

Hello, I've reviewed the previous discussion. But, I'm still confused between B and E.

any good explantaion?

It is B.

It can't be E because E seems to give the impression that it is the white sharks that are fewer..., rather than the no. of people killed.

what is 'ones'???

OA?
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16 Feb 2005, 09:53
Hello, guys.

Sorry for late.

The answer is E, but it's not official.
This question is still very obscure with no certain answer so far.

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16 Feb 2005, 10:01
I would have picked (B) on the test to maintain parallelism
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16 Feb 2005, 11:54
It got to be (B). What is the source of this question?
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23 Feb 2005, 12:49
chunjuwu wrote:
Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark, the man-eater of the moviesâ€”less than those killed by bee stings.

A. moviesâ€”less than those
B. moviesâ€”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

Hello, I've reviewed the previous discussion. But, I'm still confused between B and E.

any good explantaion?

When a writer decides to set off a modifying phrase such as " the man-eater of the movies, he or she must do so with hyphens on either side of the phrase. In other words, the phrase must read," ...the great white shark--the man-eater of the movies--fewer...

This is not an option so you have to move on to C,D, and E. You can eliminate less in C because people are countable, leaving you with D, and E. D is terrible and wordy. There is no need to remind the reader that this is a number, and that it is lower. It should be instead, fewer, and the correct answer is, therefore, E.
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Re: Only seven people this century have been killed by the great [#permalink]

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22 Feb 2014, 21:24
OA is B, verified on MGMAT forum as well.
1> Parallelism
2> In E "the ones" can not refer back to the people 99% confirmed by instructor there, the ones can refer back to other nouns but not to people.

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first, i'm about 99% sure that we are not allowed to use "ones" to refer to people.

second, i'm also about 99% sure that "THE ones" must refer back to "THE some other noun".

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