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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
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New post 25 May 2009, 02:11
I think the original sentence is correct in all aspects. My choice for answer is A.
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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
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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


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.
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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


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
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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


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...

For example ....it is "lesser evil"

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I dont undestand this one: sales is a countable noun so less is not correct; fewer should be used instead.
Im therefore with E.
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For dollar sales u need to use less,
It is an idiomatic expression.
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Disagree with the explanation given:

This is not a matter of idiomatic usage. When a collection of units acts as a unified whole, it is considered one, singular unit.

Consider for example the following two sentences:

Four hours is a long time.

v.s.

The four hours were excruciating. (Though it is hoped that they will not be if you practice enough :wink: )

The first "four hours" act one unit, and the second "four hours" are being considered individually.

In most of the SC problems, # + Unit (time, currency, weight, distance, etc.) = SINGULAR (and therefore non-count).

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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
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Hi seekmba,

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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nightwing79 wrote:
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





Explanation:

Appropriate quantity words must be used. Less – is used for uncountable nouns and ‘few’ is used for countable nouns. This concept is correctly followed in the original sentence, as shown below.


A-CORRECT.

B-…less – used for uncountable nouns; subscribers – countable.

C-The sales are not lesser than …dollars; but the sales figure is less that a certain number of dollars.

D-Same as B.

E-...the three hundred thousand dollars – is coming in as a total sum here; to use the word ‘less’ is correct as it shows a quantum. Sales – is a total figure or value.
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