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With total sales of less than three hundred thousand dollars [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2011, 08:39
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943. With total sales of less than three hundred thousand dollars and fewer new subscribers than last year, the New England Theatre Company is in danger of losing its building.
(A) of less than three hundred thousand dollars and fewer
(B) lower than three hundred thousand dollars and less
(C) lesser than three hundred thousand dollars and fewer
(D) fewer than three hundred thousand dollars and less
(E) of fewer than three hundred thousand dollars and of fewer

I know "less" is used for uncountable nouns. Whereas, "fewer" is used for countable nouns. My doubt is " three hundred thousand dollars and new subscribers" countable or uncountable.

937. 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 above 2 in detail
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Re: 943 sc [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2011, 09:38
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943. With total sales of less than three hundred thousand dollars and fewer new subscribers than last year, the New England Theatre Company is in danger of losing its building.
(A) of less than three hundred thousand dollars and fewer
(B) lower than three hundred thousand dollars and less
(C) lesser than three hundred thousand dollars and fewer
(D) fewer than three hundred thousand dollars and less
(E) of fewer than three hundred thousand dollars and of fewer


will go with option A.

sales is uncountable
subscribers - countable
that leaves us with options A and C. I will choose A just because of the reason that 'less' is preferred in GMAT compared with 'lesser'. Lesser is preferable in special cases such as 'lesser of two values'..
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Re: 943 sc [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2011, 06:10
Can you explain in detail the second Sc.
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Re: 943 sc [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2011, 08:10
'less' fits for population / amount and 'fewer' fits for number (of breeding females).
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Re: 943 sc [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2011, 19:33
Both are A.

Refer Manhattan SC Page 194: We have LESS THAN twenty dollars.
Not FEWER than twenty dollars.

Similarly sales are not countable, hence LESS. new subscribers is countable needs fewer.
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