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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.
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09 Oct 2012, 23:46
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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.--correct
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.

IMO B

Why is "in any year" incorrect. Please enlighten me.

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Comparison is between 2009, ( a year) and another year and not between a year and in any year.
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23 Nov 2012, 13:08
Doesn't this mean: 2009 had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance than the buyers in any year?
or 2009 had fewer buyers when compared to those in any year?

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Comparison is between 2009, ( a year) and another year and not between a year and in any year.
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12 Jan 2013, 20:32
daagh wrote:
Comparison is between 2009, ( a year) and another year and not between a year and in any year.

Hi Daagh,

I have slightly different view on this. I think the comparison is between "No of New Policy holder in 2009" & "No of New Policy holder in any other year" instead of two different years as pointed out by you.

Kindly let me know, If this is incorrect.
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13 Jan 2013, 01:23
Dear fameatop,
The comparison here is between 'year 2009' and 'any year since 1988'. These years are being compared 'for' number of new individual buyers. This problem tests understanding of both comparison and parallelism.

Lets compare below two choices concerning above discussions:

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.
-- This choice is correct. year 2009 is compared with year (any year since 1988). Also 'Since' is correctly followed by 1988, instead of Limca.

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.
-- This construction violates parallelism. Year 2009 is compared with "in any year" is not in parallel. Year 2009 is acting as a subject here. However if you alter the sentence by making Limca as subject, then you can use 'in year' construction, as below:
e.g. Limca had fewer new individual buyers of life insurance in year 2009 than in any year since 1988.
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06 Jan 2014, 11:21
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.

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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06 Jan 2014, 21:51
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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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07 Jan 2014, 03:15
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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24 Apr 2014, 16:34
Tough choice between B and C, who's gonna win this one?

I'm going in with C

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2009 had fewer X than (it had) in any year since 1988.

This comparison does not make sense.

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