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164. Because natural gas is composed mostly of methane, a simple hydrocarbon, vehicles powered by natural gas emit less of certain pollutants than the burning of gasoline or diesel fuel.
(A) less of certain pollutants than the burning of gasoline or diesel fuel
(B) fewer of certain pollutants than burning gasoline or diesel fuel do
(C) less of certain pollutants than gasoline or diesel fuel
(D) fewer of certain pollutants than does burning gasoline or diesel fuel
(E) less of certain pollutants than those burning gasoline or diesel fuel

Is not pollutants a plural noun? and shouldn't we use 'fewer' instead of 'less'?
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164. Because natural gas is composed mostly of methane, a simple hydrocarbon, vehicles powered by natural gas emit less of certain pollutants than the burning of gasoline or diesel fuel.
(A) less of certain pollutants than the burning of gasoline or diesel fuel
(B) fewer of certain pollutants than burning gasoline or diesel fuel do
(C) less of certain pollutants than gasoline or diesel fuel
(D) fewer of certain pollutants than does burning gasoline or diesel fuel
(E) less of certain pollutants than those burning gasoline or diesel fuel

Is not pollutants a plural noun? and shouldn't we use 'fewer' instead of 'less'?


My answer is E,since it clearly compares the vehicles burning methane to the ones buring gasolene and diesel.
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164. Because natural gas is composed mostly of methane, a simple hydrocarbon, vehicles powered by natural gas emit less of certain pollutants than the burning of gasoline or diesel fuel.
(A) less of certain pollutants than the burning of gasoline or diesel fuel
(B) fewer of certain pollutants than burning gasoline or diesel fuel do
(C) less of certain pollutants than gasoline or diesel fuel
(D) fewer of certain pollutants than does burning gasoline or diesel fuel
(E) less of certain pollutants than those burning gasoline or diesel fuel

Is not pollutants a plural noun? and shouldn't we use 'fewer' instead of 'less'?


My answer is E,since it clearly compares the vehicles burning methane to the ones buring gasolene and diesel.

You're right, OA is E. Agree with you about paralellism, just can't understand why is used 'less of certain pollutants' and not 'fewer of...'
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You're right, OA is E. Agree with you about paralellism, just can't understand why is used 'less of certain pollutants' and not 'fewer of...'


'==>' : implies
Fewer of certain pollutants ==> if there is a set of certain pollutants (x,y,z,etc.) then few of them are emitted, i.e., not all of the set.
when we use 'less' it ==> amount of the certain pollutants, i.e., all the pollutants in the set of certain pollutants are getting emitted but in the less amount.
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You're right, OA is E. Agree with you about paralellism, just can't understand why is used 'less of certain pollutants' and not 'fewer of...'


I think this is due to the fact that "pollutants" is non-countable noun. One can measure pollutants level, but cannot count pollutants (though its different that one can count "type of pollutants")

Little, much, less are used with non-countable items, like milk, space etc.
Many, few are used with countable items like tables, glasses etc.
Example, there was little crowd, and there were few people
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You're right, OA is E. Agree with you about paralellism, just can't understand why is used 'less of certain pollutants' and not 'fewer of...'


'==>' : implies
Fewer of certain pollutants ==> if there is a set of certain pollutants (x,y,z,etc.) then few of them are emitted, i.e., not all of the set.
when we use 'less' it ==> amount of the certain pollutants, i.e., all the pollutants in the set of certain pollutants are getting emitted but in the less amount.


So pollutants here refer to amount,that's why 'less'
Thanks, I got it now :)
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Natia wrote:
You're right, OA is E. Agree with you about paralellism, just can't understand why is used 'less of certain pollutants' and not 'fewer of...'


I think this is due to the fact that "pollutants" is non-countable noun. One can measure pollutants level, but cannot count pollutants (though its different that one can count "type of pollutants")

Little, much, less are used with non-countable items, like milk, space etc.
Many, few are used with countable items like tables, glasses etc.
Example, there was little crowd, and there were few people

If 'pollutants' were a non-countable noun, everything would be clear at first sight. But I am not sure, maybe you're right :) However I agree with Sudeep that it refers to amount :)
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You're right, OA is E. Agree with you about paralellism, just can't understand why is used 'less of certain pollutants' and not 'fewer of...'


'==>' : implies
Fewer of certain pollutants ==> if there is a set of certain pollutants (x,y,z,etc.) then few of them are emitted, i.e., not all of the set.
when we use 'less' it ==> amount of the certain pollutants, i.e., all the pollutants in the set of certain pollutants are getting emitted but in the less amount.


So pollutants here refer to amount,that's why 'less'
Thanks, I got it now :)


In this case less is correct for following reason:
1) meaning implied by original sentence
2) ||ism offered by E.

I think 'fewer' will be correct, in case when original question reflects that and ||ism is offered with vehicles in the answer option. (definitely meaning will be other way around)
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