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As reported recently by leading technology publications, State X is one of five states planning to offer less below-market loans to start-ups in the renewable energy sector.

A. planning to offer less
B. planning to offer fewer
C. planning on offering fewer
D. that is planning to provide less
E. which is planning on offering fewer

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10 Jul 2011, 21:50
A. planning to offer less : less cant be used for countable nouns - loans
B. planning to offer fewer : correct option - fewer is used for countable noun; planning to is correct idiomatically; (that is ) planning can be written as 'planing' where the relative pronoun that is implied, since there is no ambiguity
C. planning on offering fewer : On offering not correct idiomatically
D. that is planning to provide less: less cant be used for countable nouns - loans
E. which is planning on offering fewer: planning on is wrong; 'which is' is wordy
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10 Jul 2011, 23:44
IMO B .

Loans is countable. The subject to modify is ' states' which is plural.
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11 Jul 2011, 06:51
I'd go with B too..

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11 Jul 2011, 07:40
IMO, C.

"Planning TO offer" could mean "planning IN ORDER TO offer".
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11 Jul 2011, 22:42
its between B and C for me, I would go with B, OA?
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12 Jul 2011, 01:03
I will go with C. "planning on offering" looks better to me . What is the OA?

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12 Jul 2011, 09:26
B for me..But, I have read in MGMAT SC that whenever you use a comparative form like we are using 'fewer' here, the sentence must have 'than' to make the comparison explicit. Accordingly, none of the option seems plausible. Can an expert help here?

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16 Jul 2011, 18:00
Can we have OA please since people have raised some interesting points here?
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16 Jul 2011, 18:52
straight B. correct modifier usage.
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straight B. correct modifier usage.

A humble request folks if possible please do not use words such as - straight, simple, obvious- actually this kind of phrases make many fellow test takers think low of them at times. you may be right in thinking so but every one have their own strong/weak point. you may be strong in some areas and weak in some other and vice versa ....and more ever unless problem is solved it's not simple/hard it's just one good problem that's all. I Hope I am making sense here
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16 Jul 2011, 22:41
B for me,

For me "Planning to offer" sounds a better idiom than "Planning on Offering".

Somebody said 'E' as well, I think E is wrong not only because of unnecessary usage of 'that' but also because of 'subject-verb' agreement. Subject is plural, so verb should be 'are'.
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17 Jul 2011, 08:34
I am going with B.

A and D are out because they use less instead of fewer (fewer for countable items, loans are countable).

C and E are out because they have "planning on". Planning to is the correct idiom imo.

This leaves us with B.
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08 Nov 2011, 08:49
fewer is used for countable nouns. Answer is B.
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07 Dec 2011, 10:52
IMO it is B.

I had filtered it down to B, C or E since the 3 choices used 'fewer' instead of less to do comparison.

E - 'Which' is an non-essential modifier. In our case the concerned 'One State' is essentially for the comparison. - RULED OUT.
C - Very wordy and verb tense problems - RULED Out.

B- A 'that' would have been preferable but the best shot amidst the 5 choices.
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08 Dec 2011, 02:54
D and E make errors in S-V agreement

C is out because using "plan on"

Between A and D. B is correct one with countable noun "loans"
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08 Jan 2012, 22:04
I go with B as than and fewer are good while comparing.
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