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# Although the government's expenditures on law suits involving tobacco

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19 Oct 2017, 05:21
DmitryFarber wrote:
"Less" compares amounts or extents:

I am paid less for editing than for writing.
There is less wine in my glass than in yours.
I find smokers less attractive than non-smokers.

"Lower" compares two numbers or measurements:

I am paid at a lower rate for editing than for writing. (Here, we're comparing my rate of pay, as opposed to the amount of money I get.)
The level of wine in the bottle got steadily lower.
The number of smokers is lower than the number of non-smokers.

In this question, we're comparing sums (amounts), so "lower" is appropriate.

as per your logic only, if we are comparing sums(amounts), then shouldn't we use less??
or did i miss something??
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23 Oct 2017, 12:30
Hi, Kindly help in analyzing the options b and c. Also, please brief about the use of lower than and less than.
We have OA as C. Is sum a countable noun, and so less than is incorrect.
Sentence- The sum is less than 20\$. Is the sentence incorrect?
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09 Nov 2017, 15:12
sunny91 wrote:
Hi, Kindly help in analyzing the options b and c. Also, please brief about the use of lower than and less than.
We have OA as C. Is sum a countable noun, and so less than is incorrect.
Sentence- The sum is less than 20\$. Is the sentence incorrect?

sunny91, please check out the excellent explanation by DmitryFarber above: https://gmatclub.com/forum/although-the ... l#p1934350. If that doesn't clear up your doubts, maybe check out some of the resources in aceGMAT21 's post.

Hopefully those will do the trick!
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