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# Conceptual: Population is countable?

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20 Sep 2007, 09:16
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I have a conceptual question: why is population treated as uncountable?

Eg: With a total population of less than two hundred, the American crocodile seemed a decade ago to be in danger of disappearing. [CORRECT]

Vs.

With a total population fewer than two hundred, ..... [INCORRECT]

Isn't population countable? Eg: 1 mn or 2 mn, etc. If so, shouldn't we use 'fewer'??
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20 Sep 2007, 10:26
GK_Gmat wrote:
I have a conceptual question: why is population treated as uncountable?

Eg: With a total population of less than two hundred, the American crocodile seemed a decade ago to be in danger of disappearing. [CORRECT]

Vs.

With a total population fewer than two hundred, ..... [INCORRECT]

Isn't population countable? Eg: 1 mn or 2 mn, etc. If so, shouldn't we use 'fewer'??

that is just the mechanics of it. Population is not countable. U cannot say one population, 2 population....when u add a metric to it, it is not countable.
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20 Sep 2007, 10:50
u hav 1mn , 2 mn hairs also...but its uncountable
although depending on its usage it can be treated as countable.
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21 Sep 2007, 09:06
bmwhype2 wrote:
GK_Gmat wrote:
I have a conceptual question: why is population treated as uncountable?

Eg: With a total population of less than two hundred, the American crocodile seemed a decade ago to be in danger of disappearing. [CORRECT]

Vs.

With a total population fewer than two hundred, ..... [INCORRECT]

Isn't population countable? Eg: 1 mn or 2 mn, etc. If so, shouldn't we use 'fewer'??

that is just the mechanics of it. Population is not countable. U cannot say one population, 2 population....when u add a metric to it, it is not countable.

Thanks!
Re: Conceptual: Population is countable?   [#permalink] 21 Sep 2007, 09:06
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