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With total sales of less than three hundred thousand dollars and fewer new subscribers than last year, the New England Theater 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


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Countable - Fewer
    fewer apples
  • fewer books
  • fewer dollars

Uncountable[/b] - less/lower

- Less is mostly used. [b]note, not lesser

- Lower is used only with certain words (such as low price, low cost, low water level, low temperatures)

    less water
  • less coffee

two is less than three Correct
two is lesser than three Incorrect

lesser than - always incorrect
lesser extent than - correct
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New post 14 Sep 2012, 04:35
It has to be A.

- "three hundred thousand dollars" is an amount of money - less, more

- "new subscribers" is a countable noun - fewer, more
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New post 14 Sep 2012, 16:36
$300k is a number. Therefore, we want 'less than.' We can count 'subscribers', so we want to use 'fewer.' Only answer (A) matches this. Hopefully that makes sense, but if you have any more questions regarding 'fewer' vs. 'less than', I'll happily elaborate :).
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