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# Cynics charge that Major League Baseball lobbied for

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39. Cynics charge that Major League Baseball lobbied for stadiums with fewer seats to reduce supply and increase ticket prices.

A. lobbied for stadiums with fewer seats to reduce supply and increase ticket prices.
B. lobbied for stadiums with less seats to reduce supply and increase ticket prices.
C. lobbied for stadiums that had fewer seats to reduce supply and increase ticket prices.
D. lobbied for stadiums that had less seats to reduce supply and increase ticket prices.
E. lobbied for stadiums that had less seats as a means of reducing supply so they could increase ticket prices.

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26 Sep 2006, 12:54
Should be A.

Fewer is the correct comparison.

Also, Had (in C,D and E) should only be used when there are multiple tenses and you are stressing that an event occured before another one in the past.

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26 Sep 2006, 13:02
agsfaltex wrote:
Should be A.

Fewer is the correct comparison.

Also, Had (in C,D and E) should only be used when there are multiple tenses and you are stressing that an event occured before another one in the past.

That's not entirely true. The "had" used in this sentence is not part of a past participle, but rather of simple past word for possession.

The tense is still iffy in the sentence's chronology, but don't confuse the two following examples:

I had eaten lunch, when I became sick.

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26 Sep 2006, 13:08
kidderek wrote:
agsfaltex wrote:
Should be A.

Fewer is the correct comparison.

Also, Had (in C,D and E) should only be used when there are multiple tenses and you are stressing that an event occured before another one in the past.

That's not entirely true. The "had" used in this sentence is not part of a past participle, but rather of simple past word for possession.

The tense is still iffy in the sentence's chronology, but don't confuse the two following examples:

I had eaten lunch, when I became sick.

kidderek, you are right. I confused the two. In this case had is awkward contruction and has nothing to do with past participle.

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27 Sep 2006, 09:13
seats are countable, so fewer is required here.

lobbied for X with Y ~ is succinct and idiomatic

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28 Sep 2006, 23:39
diegmat wrote:
Its A - but cant explain why its not C...

C is gramatically right, but its just a wordier version of A.

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29 Sep 2006, 01:57
It's A
That the stadium has fewer seats is a fact, so we don't use "that had..." here

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29 Sep 2006, 02:16
Another one for A, fewer is correct usage. Don't think lobbied for... had makes sense.

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29 Sep 2006, 02:49
Hey it's A

the reason it's not C is, C is in the past perfect tense. U should not try to use past perfect tense, unless U have no alternative but clarify some things.
Most often, simple past is recommended, which was followed in A.

Clarified..??

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