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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
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use fewer only when referring to countable nouns. Population is very much like a 'blob' and so less/lesser should be used.

D and E are out.

We need 'of' after population and before less, and fewer to refer to the number of breeding females.

A it is.
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ywilfred wrote:
use fewer only when referring to countable nouns. Population is very much like a 'blob' and so less/lesser should be used.

D and E are out.

We need 'of' after population and before less, and fewer to refer to the number of breeding females.

A it is.


Agree with Ywilfred (and Himalaya - if you already have the OA ;-) )
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ywilfred wrote:
use fewer only when referring to countable nouns. Population is very much like a 'blob' and so less/lesser should be used.

D and E are out.

We need 'of' after population and before less, and fewer to refer to the number of breeding females.

A it is.


Agree with Ywilfred (and Himalaya - if you already have the OA ;-) )


haha... :lol:
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Agree with fewer-lesser count. But "of" does not sound good. Therefore, C is the best answer.
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I dont like the way lesser sound, we can't say, I have leesser money than you,
it is only less than,

well, just my reasoning,
so I go for A
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New post 01 Jun 2005, 11:52
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I dont like the way lesser sound, we can't say, I have leesser money than you,
it is only less than,

well, just my reasoning,
so I go for A


I managed to pick A, barely managed.
Can anyone explain when to use lesser than and when to use less than.

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New post 01 Jun 2005, 18:33
Vithal wrote:
ywilfred wrote:
use fewer only when referring to countable nouns. Population is very much like a 'blob' and so less/lesser should be used. D and E are out.

We need 'of' after population and before less, and fewer to refer to the number of breeding females.
A it is.

Agree with Ywilfred (and Himalaya - if you already have the OA ;-) )

Hmmmm, agree with you guys. OA is A.
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