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the man-eater of the movies [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2004, 12:15
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 15 Sep 2004, 12:29
I did not inderstand this. Will hit D and go ahead.
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2004, 12:37
I think the options have to be between B and E.
If it is countable,'Few' needs to be used. (?) :?:
I don't understand the usage of 'ones' in E.
My answer would be B
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2004, 12:38
when do you use 'less' and when do you use'lower'?
I would pick D too...hmmm..interesting question.
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2004, 12:50
"Lower" is to denote ranking/degree/position
"Less" is for non-countable items but also modifies periods of time, distance and sums of money
"Fewer" is for countable items
That said, B is best. E just have an improper referent group "the ones"
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2004, 12:57
Great,
Thanks Paul , I choose B , but I have an OA that says E.
I guess the OA must be wrong. :lol:
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Re: the man-eater of the movies [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2004, 19:56
I think, "ones" can be directly compared with people. furthermore, there is a parenthetical element there that needs a comma (not hyphen/dash --) to stay uninfluential to the sentence.

one observation: there are 2 parenthetical elements here:
1. man-eater of the movies
2. less than those...

these should agree to the sentence as a whole.

E will be my answer.

one last observation: this question is weird; I haven't seen anyone using this kinda stuff :wink:
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2004, 02:05
Its surely between B and E, and IU feel the use of 'one' in E seems unwanted
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2004, 09:21
E
I don't see why usage of "ones" is incorrect in E.

After all we do say :

New parts can cost less than old ones.
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