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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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 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2007, 10:05
That's a good one:
People can be counted, so A and C are out.
D is out because it compares numbers to people - not parallel
Between B and E, I choose E because to me, although B keeps the parallel structure of present perfect "have been," it does not have a referent. E solves this issue by using "the ones" (people).

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 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2007, 10:14
I vote for D...although 'lower' seems a little awkward.
Fewer is E is unclear.
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2007, 11:01
First of all, not LESS, but FEWER. A&C eliminated
Then, I think we should put a comma here.
So, B eliminated
My answer is E, cause in D there must be "number lower than that of... "
E it is.
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[#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2007, 19:03
I was tempted to choose one of the options that used the word fewer. I referred to Sahil's notes to be doubly sure. Here is an excerpt from the notes:

As a rule of thumb, use fewer to modify a plural noun.

Example: I have fewer papers to write than last year.

Use less to modify a singular noun.

Example: You’ll need less paper if you type your report.

As people is a plural noun it should go with fewer. Right?

Look at the options with fewer.

B. movies—fewer than have been : here 'have been' does not have a referant.

E. movies, fewer than the ones: To me, usage of "the ones" looks very awkward.

C and D are clearly inappropriate

Hence I feel the sentence should be left undisturbed. I choose (A)
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2007, 21:35
I opt for E, eventhough fewer looks little awkward.

OA pls...
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2007, 06:53
Should be 'B'.


We can't use less for the countable nouns. So A, and C are out. 'D' uses lower which is not correct either.
Now the choices left out are 'B' and 'E'.

B wins over E because of B is the parallel as far as tenses are concerned.


Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark, the man-eater of the movies—fewer than have been killed by bee stings.
Now the issue with B is - the dash is used instead of comma. Yes comma would have a better choice. So we have to trade off between use of parallelism and use of comma. IMO the parallelism wins.
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OA is... [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2007, 10:30
OA is B
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2007, 16:08
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 awkward
B. movies—fewer than have beenfewer is wrong for numbers
C. movies, which is less than those:which refers to movies and hence wrong modifier
D. movies, a number lower than the people
E. movies, fewer than the ones: fewer is wrong for numbers

so i would go for D[/b]
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2007, 01:23
B should be the answer,

fewer is correctly used and than have been do the correct comparison.

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 [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2007, 01:45
That in itself is a terrible sentence.

I would say C.

I would disagree with a hyphen being used in that regard.
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