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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
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28 Jan 2006, 03:22
But A and B both use Hyphens which I dont think is appropriate. I would go with C.

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28 Jan 2006, 03:45
B

We need "fewer" because people are countable.
"have been" is ||
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28 Jan 2006, 05:26
Assuming this is an old school SC (20th century) then (C) incorrectly uses the simple past tense.

(B) is best because it maintains present perfect tense parallelism.
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28 Jan 2006, 15:03
This is a scary one!

B for escaping Shark (B)ITES.
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19 Jun 2006, 05:17
It must be ^ E ^

IMO we need "ones" for a correct ||lism.
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19 Jun 2006, 08:34
selene wrote:
It must be ^ E ^

IMO we need "ones" for a correct ||lism.

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19 Jun 2006, 08:51

Is it B??

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..

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19 Jun 2006, 11:07
vivek123 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

D is out - comparing number to people
We should use fewer as people are countable (as opposed to measurable).
So I can only see B for using have been ||
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19 Jun 2006, 12:15
To B or not to B. That is the question.

To B!
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19 Jun 2006, 12:18
vivek123 wrote:
selene wrote:
It must be ^ E ^

IMO we need "ones" for a correct ||lism.

Selene, re-think

Vivek, dont we compare the number of people at different times here ?

We need "few" as people is a countable noun. A and C are out.

D is out because of wrong comparison. "a number lower than the people "

B is out as we need a subject for the right comparison:

"fewer than have been" ---> fewer than what ?? It should be fewer than the people (or fewer than the ones) who have been

that's what I think
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19 Jun 2006, 12:29
as i see it, 'than the ones' implies comparison with the individual kills...
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31 Jul 2006, 13:34
Going with E.

We have a quantifiable quantity... use of more/less is not recommended.

Greater/Fewer is ok.

D can work but is wordy.

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