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Sc-population [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2004, 14:33
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I got this question from another forum.

With a total population <of less than two hundred and fewer> breeding females than ever before , the American crocodile seemed a decade ago to be in danger of disappearing.

A) of less than two hundred and fewer
B) lower than two hundred and less
C) lesser than two hundred and fewer
D) fewer than two hundred and less
E) of fewer than two hundred and of fewer

please explain your answer. what 's the difference between less and lesser??? :shock:
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2004, 14:55
A.

I don't think "lesser" is a word you're likely to see in a correct answer.

If you do, it will probably be in a context like "lesser men than I have succeeded at this undertaking."
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2004, 14:58
I think A is the answer
population is not countable. You say the population of NY is less than X.
The number of breeding females can be counted and therefore, the use of fewer is appropriate
Lesser can be used as a comparative adjective or can also be used as an adjective implying of less importance
ex 1: The lesser of the two amounts/volumes/numbers
ex 2: I hope you will not see me as a lesser person by commiting such an act
Less is used as an adjective to modify a noun rather than a comparative adjective
ex: The population of X is less than 200,000

Hope it's clear
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2004, 15:29
Though I felt A is the answer, I didn't know the difference between these two before. Thanks paul.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2004, 16:12
Thanks guys. :-D
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2004, 19:03
When we talk about non measurable quantity we use comparative adjectives
lesser than or greater than
A measureable quantity is comapred with another using "less than" or "more than"

For example
stoolfi is taller than paul ( the implicit attribute here is height )
stoolfi's heinght is more than paul's ( height is a measurable quantity )

paul drives faster than stoolfi
or
paul speed is more than that of stoolfi

Here the population is measurable and is comapred with another abosulte number.

I hope this helps
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