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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 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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27 Jan 2008, 02:33
rafiaiqbal wrote:
E?

OA is E. could you explain me why? Why is B incorrect? is "the ones" a correct form?
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27 Jan 2008, 02:47
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for the countable nouns we use fewer instead of less...so A and C are out.

"fewer than those that have bee" would have been correct in B...

i hope it helps...
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27 Jan 2008, 03:15
rafiaiqbal wrote:
for the countable nouns we use fewer instead of less...so A and C are out.

"fewer than those that have bee" would have been correct in B...

i hope it helps...

ok, this is good. kudo for you. is anyway "the ones" correct?
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27 Jan 2008, 03:27
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ohh thanku...that made me feel good..i wish i am able to do well in the real exam.
the ones here is referring to people...its correct...

example: The jackets that I bought from Lahore are warmer than the ones I bought from Karachi.
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28 Jan 2008, 13:28
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B is wrong, because there should be a comma. shark is the man-eater of the movies
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30 Jan 2008, 23:15
A. movies—less than those [ Less than used to count uncountable objects, since number of people killed by bee stings can be countable fewer is preferred – Eliminate it]

B. movies—fewer than have been [Why to switch to have been – this sentence is only stating fact – Eliminate it]

C. movies, which is less than those [“Which” incorrectly modifying the “movies” – eliminate it]

D. movies, a number lower than the people [This sentence is incorrectly comparing number vs. the people – eliminate it]

E. movies, fewer than the ones [This is correctly comparing number of people killed by great white shark vs. bee stings – Hold it]

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06 Apr 2008, 09:06
marcodonzelli 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

Obviously the choice is between B and E because of the use of 'few'. Now I would go with B because 'have been' is parallel in both clauses.
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07 Apr 2008, 15:13
same here...between B and E, both seem kinda wrong and kinda right.

B is wrong because of the '-' inappropriately placed, but right because of ||lism

The perfect sentence to fill the gap is:

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