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New post 06 Jan 2014, 12:21
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2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.

A. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
B. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.
C. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than in any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.
D. 2009 had lesser new buyers of individual life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
E. 2009 had lesser new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.


First, fewer/lesser split. D and E are outta here

Now, between A,B,C

We are comparing years here so 2009 had fewer than any year since 1988 looks pretty good

Hence, C is our best choice

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2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988[/u].

A. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
B. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.
C. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than in any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.
D. 2009 had lesser new buyers of individual life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
E. 2009 had lesser new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.


C.) seems correct to me. In the case of this sentence, since buyers are "people" or things, you would use fewer rather than lesser. You're also comparing year to year (IE. "In 1988" vs. "In 2009"). The use of "in" in C.) is valid.
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getgyan wrote:
2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.

A. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
B. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.
C. 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than in any year since 1988 when Limca, a market research firm, began tracking this data.
D. 2009 had lesser new buyers of individual life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.
E. 2009 had lesser new individual buyers of life insurance than any year since Limca, a market research firm, began tracking the data in 1988.


For countable, we use few.
For uncountables, we use less.
I think B is the correct answer.
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Tough choice between B and C, who's gonna win this one?

I'm going in with C

Can any expert please clarify?

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C should be read thus:
2009 had fewer X than (it had) in any year since 1988.

The construction suggests that 2009 had fewer X than (the buyers) 2009 itself had in 1988.
This comparison does not make sense.



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Althought answer choice B is the best here, I think there is a wrong comparison that should be pointed out:
By saying that "2009 had fewer [...] than any year since 1988", it is saying that 2009 is not a year. The correct comparison should be "2009 had fewer [...] than any other year since 1988"

Am I right?
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New post 26 Jul 2017, 06:35
The use of 'this' is wrong because we can't use this for plural data. souvik101990 need your inputs.
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I was down to B and C.

Options D and E automatically is discarded because lesser is not the right word here. A has wrong comparison.

Between B and C, the only difference is than vs than in. Here, than in is not parallel. Therefore, I chose B.
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