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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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06 Apr 2006, 18:24
subscribers countable... so B, D out

'of fewer than three hundred thousand dollars' should be less so E out

now A and C would pick C on A 'with total sales of less than X Rs' sounds worse that 'with total sales lesser than X Rs'
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06 Apr 2006, 19:11
vivek123 wrote:
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

I think it should be A.

Grammar + Parallelism.

- 'less than' should be used to compare 'three hundred thousand dollars'.
I think here it should be treated as uncountable noun.
We can not say 'with total sales of fewer than' or ''with total sales fewer than'.

- 'subscribers' is countable so we have to use 'fewer than'

- sentence maintains the parallelism properly.
We can say:
With total sales of less than three hundred thousand dollars and with fewer new subscribers than last year, the New England Theater Company is in danger of losing its building.

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06 Apr 2006, 19:16
Is this correct :
With total sales of less than

Also, why is C wrong
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07 Apr 2006, 06:26
A. I think less is the appropriate word to be used with things that shows you quant. difference.

I go with A.
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07 Apr 2006, 09:14
A.

AMOUNT = LESS

FEWE SUBSCRIBER = NUMBER

vivek123 wrote:
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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07 Apr 2006, 09:18
One more for A.

Nothing wrong in the original sentence
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07 Apr 2006, 09:32
OA is A!

We need "fewer" for countable noun at the end.
Also, we need "less" not "lesser". Eg: 5 is less than 4.
07 Apr 2006, 09:32
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