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Re: Sales of + Fewer? [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2011, 21:58
By looking at AND i thought this issue is also testing parallelism. Are less and fewer parallel?
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Re: Sales of + Fewer? [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2011, 23:24
imho A-
less=dollars
fewer=subscribers
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Re: Sales of + Fewer? [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2011, 00:59
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In addition to it.. we are comparing total sales with a number which is 300 thousand dollars.. its not right to say 2 is lesser than 3.. similarly total sales is less than 300, not lesser than 300 or even fewer than 300 (countable quantity)


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Re: Sales of + Fewer? [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2011, 01:09
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By looking at AND i thought this issue is also testing parallelism. Are less and fewer parallel?


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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.

[highlight](A) of less than three hundred thousand dollars and fewer[/highlight]
(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


It's not a parallelism it's testing for here but a less than vs. fewer choice.... some posts here have suggested C - but if you insert option C into the sentence you can see this is wrong... "With total sales lesser than three hundred thousand dollars and fewer"... (ouch!).

'Lesser' is rarely used but occasionally seen in a comparitive sense as in 'the least of' (e.g. "it is the lesser of two evils"), or occasionally appearing in names of animals "the lesser spotted woodpecker".)

A common GMAT trap is to use money in SC - you need to be careful when considering whether the object proposed is countable or not. 'Money' is'nt usually used as a countable noun - it's not correct to say "one money", "two moneys (or monies)" etc - similarly we would use "less money," not "fewer money."

That said, we would use 'fewer' when counting (one dollar, two dollars) so a correct comparative term is "fewer dollars". eg: "I have less money than you", "I have fewer dollars than you"

Countable nouns can also be used to represent quantitave measurements (as we find in this question) – consider sums of money, periods of time and distance. Here, we'd see that whilst minutes / dollars / miles etc are countable, the correct form would be "less than ten minutes left", "less than a hundred dollars" and "less than three miles" Remember, here we are referring to quantities, not countable units.

Answer 'A' correctly assigns the property "of less than three hundred thousand dollars" to "total sales", and recognises new subscribers as countable, using "fewer". :)
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Re: With total sales of less than three hundred thousand dollars [#permalink] New post 02 May 2012, 09:33
A is correct.
Less can be used with money , when we treat the amount of money as a whole, if we have to consider the number of notes of the money, then few or fewer will be used.
A is correct.
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Re: With total sales of less than three hundred thousand dollars [#permalink] New post 03 May 2012, 09:45
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The usage of “lesser” is incorrect in Choice C because “less” is already in comparative degree.

Little (positive), Less (comparative), Least (superlative)

Hence, we cannot use “lesser” to show the comparative degree. As one of the posters mentioned, we can use it as adjective followed by a noun.

For e.g.: I have lesser ice cream than you have.

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Re: With total sales of less than three hundred thousand dollars [#permalink] New post 21 May 2012, 13:49
I marked C but figured out my mistake.."lesser" is not used in GMAT in this context...
Oh well, live and learn..hopefully before the GMAT :lol:
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Re: With total sales of less than three hundred thousand dollars [#permalink] New post 21 May 2012, 20:06
Was confused between A &C and opted for the latter. the 'and' and thoughts of parallelism were the driving force. But the explanation makes sense!
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Re: With total sales of less than three hundred thousand dollars [#permalink] New post 01 May 2013, 12:56
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Hi All,

The usage of “lesser” is incorrect in Choice C because “less” is already in comparative degree.

Little (positive), Less (comparative), Least (superlative)

Hence, we cannot use “lesser” to show the comparative degree. As one of the posters mentioned, we can use it as adjective followed by a noun.

For e.g.: I have lesser ice cream than you have.

Hope this helps.
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hi shraddha ,

thanks for the explanation....

just want to ask you

as per my understanding:

sales lesser than three hundred thousand dollars and fewer ....

what i thought sales is compared to 300 dollars which is not correct ...that is why it is wrong.....

but suppose we replace lesser with less then i think my reasoning will be correct i think..

suggest me

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