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# Deforestation significantly alters the population of an area by creati

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Deforestation significantly alters the population of an area by creating a habitat in which few species and vegetation can survive.

(A) in which few species and vegetation can survive
(B) in which few species and little vegetation can survive
(C) where little species and vegetation can survive
(D) in which fewer species than vegetation can survive
(E) where little species and few vegetation can survive
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05 Feb 2018, 01:26

Concept focused : Countable and uncountable.

Deforestation significantly alters the population of an area by creating a habitat in which few species and vegetation can survive.

(A) in which few species and vegetation can survive -- Wrong. "Few" is correct for species, as its countable but since vegetation is uncountable noun, it thus requires a different modifier.
(B) in which few species and little vegetation can survive -- Correct. Species is preceded by "few" and vegetation by "little". Right countable and uncountable modifiers.
(C) where little species and vegetation can survive -- Wrong. Same as mentioned in option A
(D) in which fewer species than vegetation can survive -- Wrong. Changes the meaning
(E) where little species and few vegetation can survive -- Wrong. Same as mentioned in option A & B
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14 Aug 2018, 01:43

As option B has appropriate modifier for word vegetation.
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14 Aug 2018, 04:46
aaba wrote:
Deforestation significantly alters the population of an area by creating a habitat in which few species and vegetation can survive.

(A) in which few species and vegetation can survive
(B) in which few species and little vegetation can survive
(C) where little species and vegetation can survive
(D) in which fewer species than vegetation can survive
(E) where little species and few vegetation can survive

It has more to do with meaning than grammar.

(A) in which few species and vegetation can survive
--vegetation cannot survive deforestation, some may survive but this sentence doesn't give us what is required.
(B) in which few species and little vegetation can survive
---makes sense . Should be the correct answer
(C) where little species and vegetation can survive
---completely distorts the meaning , little species ? ---rodents,ants what ?
(D) in which fewer species than vegetation can survive
---again distorts the meaning , species < vegetation
(E) where little species and few vegetation can survive
---little species ? and vegetation cannot be counted
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14 Aug 2018, 08:08
aaba wrote:
Deforestation significantly alters the population of an area by creating a habitat in which few species and vegetation can survive.

(A) in which few species and vegetation can survive
(B) in which few species and little vegetation can survive
(C) where little species and vegetation can survive
(D) in which fewer species than vegetation can survive
(E) where little species and few vegetation can survive

Little refers to non-countable nouns & Few refers to countable nouns

Thus, Correct Answer must be (B)
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21 Aug 2018, 09:27
aaba wrote:
Deforestation significantly alters the population of an area by creating a habitat in which few species and vegetation can survive.

(A) in which few species and vegetation can survive
(B) in which few species and little vegetation can survive
(C) where little species and vegetation can survive
(D) in which fewer species than vegetation can survive
(E) where little species and few vegetation can survive

KAPLAN OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

Whenever you see few underlined, look to see if it's used correctly. Remember that few is the correct adjective for things that can be counted. Species can be counted, so few is right in the first instance. Nevertheless, few is made to perform double duty, describing both species and, through ellipsis, vegetation. Vegetation cannot be counted so few is the wrong adjective for it, meaning you'll need a separate adjective for vegetation. Eliminate (A), and (C) and (E) as well, because little is an incorrect adjective for species, suggesting as it does more about size than number. The new comparative structure of (D) sidesteps the "few/less" issue, but in doing so it unnecessarily alters the meaning of the sentence. Eliminate it and (B) remains. (By the way, in which is slightly better than where because it's more formal, but there's nothing inherently wrong with where. Some differences aren't all that important.)
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