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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 _________________

straight A. Read up on differences between few / less / more / many. All other choices use these forms incorrectly.

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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

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

Using the comparision rules, only options A and C stand as contendors. Both A and C use the correct comparitive forms 'Less' and 'Lesser' respectively. However, if parallelism has to be taken into account then option C stands as the right choice as it uses LESSER.....FEWER construction.

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

Using the comparision rules, only options A and C stand as contendors. Both A and C use the correct comparitive forms 'Less' and 'Lesser' respectively. However, if parallelism has to be taken into account then option C stands as the right choice as it uses LESSER.....FEWER construction.

Is my reasoning correct? please suggest.

A straight. total sales of + less, few usage will get us the answer _________________

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

Using the comparision rules, only options A and C stand as contendors. Both A and C use the correct comparitive forms 'Less' and 'Lesser' respectively. However, if parallelism has to be taken into account then option C stands as the right choice as it uses LESSER.....FEWER construction.

Is my reasoning correct? please suggest.

I a bit of quick research lesser is used in context of degrees (kinda like portion-like) otherwise - less is preferable...

I dont undestand this one: sales is a countable noun so less is not correct; fewer should be used instead. Im therefore with E. Can anybody clarify? _________________

Why is option (C) wrong inspite of the parallelism?

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

C. lesser than three hundred thousand dollars and fewer

As nightwing79 posted above, the difference between less and lesser is not grammatical-- both words are the comparative. However, they have different meanings. "Lesser" means inferior, while "less" relates to quantity. Thus, meaning, not parallelism is the issue in C.

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