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# A doubt on using 'than'

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22 Jun 2004, 06:03
Hi Chums,

I have a doubt lingering in my mind for long. Could you please explain the apparent discrepancy in the following two sentences in using 'than' (the first uses 'those' followed by than and the second uses directly verb)

(1)The people in USA are smarter than those in India.

(2)I hope that the function attracts an even greater number of people than attended last time.

Can I not re-write the 2nd sentence as follows?

I hope that the function attracts an even greater number of people than those attended last time.

Please give me explanation for the apparent dicrepancy(to me atleast ) in sentences (1) & (2) above.
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22 Jun 2004, 08:21
Here goes my explanation:

in the second sentence, the noun that is being compared is "number" whereas in the first it is the people and hence, you need to use "those" in the first.

<<I am actually trying to reason for the first time after reading up posts on GMAT section abt. people just giving the answers and not explaning the reasons>>
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22 Jun 2004, 13:06
hey...

as vithal pointed out...

the firt one has people... living beings and one uses ''they'' them'' we'' us ''those'' as pronoun referents...

as for the second sentence... the''number'' is being compared and a ''number'' is a ''thing'' not a ''being'' and hence it has the rferent PRONOUNS such as ''it'' ''that'' and ''its''

hope that helps!

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22 Jun 2004, 21:46
Thanks for the answers. Can I write the second sentence as follows?

I hope that the function attracts an even greater number of people than that attended last time.

However, the correct response as given in the book is "I hope that the function attracts an even greater number of people than attended last time."

Actually, I donot fully agree with Enigmatic because "A number" is plural but not "the number" as exemplified below.

A number of examples are given in the textbook.

The number of examples given in the textbook is humungous.

Thus, if ,as suggested, 'that' can be used, I believe that it is more appropriate to use 'those' because of the plural noun "people".

Plase let me know your ideas on the above. Also, try reasoning the correct answer which misses out either 'that' or 'those'.

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Hi Chums,

I have a doubt lingering in my mind for long. Could you please explain the apparent discrepancy in the following two sentences in using 'than' (the first uses 'those' followed by than and the second uses directly verb)

(1)The people in USA are smarter than those in India.

(2)I hope that the function attracts an even greater number of people than attended last time.

Can I not re-write the 2nd sentence as follows?

I hope that the function attracts an even greater number of people than those attended last time.

Please give me explanation for the apparent dicrepancy(to me atleast ) in sentences (1) & (2) above.

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Awaiting response,

Thnx & Rgds,
Chandra

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24 Jun 2004, 12:10
hi chum

I did not mean to say '' that '' a number is singular I only feel ''iT'' neds to refered by '' that '' ...

a number of people is plural and one can use ''that'' also ''those'' cos here we talk about a group which is a ''thing'' and also ppl who are ''humans''

hope that helps!

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24 Jun 2004, 12:10
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