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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

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My 2 issues here are: #1) what is the rule surrounding usage of "dashes"? and #2) what is the rule for usage of "lower"...is it a count or non-count word?

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 [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2005, 16:54
1) Use of dashes...i don't know
2) Lower....should be uncountable. "Lower in value", "Lower in Quality"..

My pick is "E"
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Re: SC - Movies [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2005, 17:27
B. choosed it under llism.

-have been killed by the great white shark, ..
-movies - fewer than have been killed by bee stings.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2005, 20:03
A dash is a mark of separation stronger than a comma, less formal than a colon, and more relaxed than parentheses.
Unlike other forms of punctuation, the dash does not have one specific usage. when you want a phrase or another part of the sentence to have extra emphasis, a dash may be used. Take a look at this sentence:

There are three things every repairman must have: a screwdriver, a hammer, and a saw.

In this sentence, a colon has been used. The writing seems to be formal. In addition, the writing seems to NOT need any extra emphasis.

Look at the following sentence:
The only thing Tony could do—if he could do anything at all—was to sit and wait for the test results to come in the mail.

In this sentence, dashes are used because it seems informal and the clause inside the dashes needs some emphasis. The emphasis is added in order to show that Tony could do nothing in this situation. The writer could have used parentheses, but parentheses may have been too formal for this situation.

Here in the question the author is introducing bees to put more emphasis on his statements against white shark, the man-eater of the movies
so dash should be used here
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Re: SC - Movies [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2005, 12:15
Picked E over B.

B. movies - fewer than (??what??) have been

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 [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2005, 12:27
700slave,

Checked my notes on the hyphen, and I am pasting it for your reference.

Hyphens are used for prefixes like ex-, self-. Hyphens are used in compound numbers like forty-five, and with fractions used as adjectives.
Right: A two-thirds vote was necessary to pass the law
Wrong: Only two-thirds of the students passed the final exam

Hyphens are used with a compound adjective when it comes before the word it modifies, but not after the word it modifies.

Wrong: The arguments continued into the night with no-holds-barred
Right: The no-holds-barred argument continued into the night

Hyphens are also used to emphasize a point being made in the sentence.

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Ok!! With regards to the answer choices.

As it is possible to count the number of shark attack victims, fewer is preferable to less. Between B and E, "fewer than (what?) have been" has no clear referrent. fewer than what??

D is more wordy, and E conveys the same meaning using "fewer" words.

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 [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2005, 12:50
See I too thoguht it was E. But this question in anotehr forums says the OA is B mainly because of the tenses. So what do you guys think the OA truely is?
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2005, 21:48
shadowls wrote:
See I too thoguht it was E. But this question in anotehr forums says the OA is B mainly because of the tenses. So what do you guys think the OA truely is?


according to this book...the OA is E
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