Summer is Coming! Join the Game of Timers Competition to Win Epic Prizes. Registration is Open. Game starts Mon July 1st.

 It is currently 23 Jul 2019, 07:17

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Dorn Consulting handles much more sophisticated issues than comparable

Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

Retired Moderator
Joined: 06 Jul 2014
Posts: 1224
Location: Ukraine
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Technology
GMAT 1: 660 Q48 V33
GMAT 2: 740 Q50 V40
Dorn Consulting handles much more sophisticated issues than comparable  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

30 Jul 2016, 02:46
Top Contributor
8
00:00

Difficulty:

35% (medium)

Question Stats:

65% (01:02) correct 35% (00:59) wrong based on 328 sessions

### HideShow timer Statistics

Dorn Consulting handles much more sophisticated issues than comparable consulting firms, and they have less percentage of employees with advanced degrees.

A) comparable consulting firms, and they have less
B) comparable consulting firms, and it has fewer
C) comparable consulting firms do, and it has a lower
D) do comparable consulting firms, and they have not as many
E) do comparable consulting firms, and it has less

_________________
Retired Moderator
Status: enjoying
Joined: 19 Feb 2007
Posts: 4781
Location: India
WE: Education (Education)
Re: Dorn Consulting handles much more sophisticated issues than comparable  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

30 Jul 2016, 04:03
2
Top Contributor
1
We can simply do away with A and B for not using the verb ‘do’ and D for using the wrong pronoun ‘they’. Between C and E or in effect, between ‘less and lower’:

The first contention is: Percentage is a quantum, not countable but measurable. Therefore, it will be apt to describe percentage as less percentage as in E rather than lower percentage.
The other argument is that since the percentage is accompanied by a countable noun such as employees, it is rendered plural. Hence, it will be appropriate to call it 'lower' as in C

The essence of the sentence is that the company has fewer employees, which indicates a pluralistic feature. Hence, C might be a tad better than E.

But what is glaring is the use of an affirmative conjunction ‘and’ to connect two contrasting clauses, a context in which a transitional term such as ‘but’ or 'though' would have made the intent of the sentence clear.
_________________
The Take-Away: Grammar First and Then the Rest
Retired Moderator
Joined: 13 Apr 2015
Posts: 1676
Location: India
Concentration: Strategy, General Management
GMAT 1: 200 Q1 V1
GPA: 4
WE: Analyst (Retail)
Re: Dorn Consulting handles much more sophisticated issues than comparable  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

30 Jul 2016, 04:45
Hi daagh,

If option B is changed to: "comparable consulting firms do, and it has fewer" and option C is unchanged, then which option is preferred?
Retired Moderator
Status: enjoying
Joined: 19 Feb 2007
Posts: 4781
Location: India
WE: Education (Education)
Re: Dorn Consulting handles much more sophisticated issues than comparable  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

30 Jul 2016, 05:03
Top Contributor
vyshak: fewer percentage is a decisive problem in B as fewer can be associated with only countable things.
_________________
The Take-Away: Grammar First and Then the Rest
Retired Moderator
Joined: 13 Apr 2015
Posts: 1676
Location: India
Concentration: Strategy, General Management
GMAT 1: 200 Q1 V1
GPA: 4
WE: Analyst (Retail)
Re: Dorn Consulting handles much more sophisticated issues than comparable  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

30 Jul 2016, 05:16
daagh wrote:
vyshak: fewer percentage is a decisive problem in B as fewer can be associated with only countable things.

But according to my understanding, 'percentage of countable' is countable. Since 'employees' is a countable noun we can use fewer right?
Retired Moderator
Status: enjoying
Joined: 19 Feb 2007
Posts: 4781
Location: India
WE: Education (Education)
Re: Dorn Consulting handles much more sophisticated issues than comparable  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

30 Jul 2016, 05:34
1
Top Contributor
My feeling is that percentage is a ratio. A company can have one percentage at any given time. We cannot have several percentages for a company at a given time. In addition, fewer is an adjective of percentage rather than employees. Hence, I feel fewer percentage is inappropriate, while lower is more fitting
Vyshak, If you can guide us to some concrete use of percentage with fewer, we can learn a new thing.
_________________
The Take-Away: Grammar First and Then the Rest
Retired Moderator
Joined: 13 Apr 2015
Posts: 1676
Location: India
Concentration: Strategy, General Management
GMAT 1: 200 Q1 V1
GPA: 4
WE: Analyst (Retail)
Dorn Consulting handles much more sophisticated issues than comparable  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

30 Jul 2016, 05:48
daagh wrote:
My feeling is that percentage is a ratio. A company can have one percentage at any given time. We cannot have several percentages for a company at a given time. In addition, fewer is an adjective of percentage rather than employees. Hence, I feel fewer percentage is inappropriate, while lower is more fitting
Vyshak, If you can guide us to some concrete use of percentage with fewer, we can learn a new thing.

Thanks daagh. I was wrong earlier. I wrongly assumed 'percent' as 'percentage'. 'Percent of countable noun' is countable, but percentage is a ratio .
SC Moderator
Joined: 23 Sep 2015
Posts: 1745
Dorn Consulting handles much more sophisticated issues than comparable  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

22 Aug 2018, 18:12
1

Official Explanation

Split #1: the comparison. The intent of the sentence is to compare Dorn Consulting to comparable consulting firms. The construction "Dorn Consulting handles much more sophisticated issues than comparable consulting firms" is ambiguous --- does it mean that Dorn handles both sophisticated issue and comparable consulting firms? That's not the intent. We need to make clear that "comparable consulting firms" are parallel to the subject, Dorn, not the object, issues. To do this, we need to include a verb to show that the other firms are a subject. We could repeat the verb "handle", or replace the predicate with the universal verb "do". Choices (A) & (B) have no verb, so they are incorrect.

Split #2: Dorn Consulting is a company, a collective noun, so it is singular. It may have many employees, but the company itself is singular. Notice it takes a singular verb at the beginning of the sentence. It also requires a singular pronoun: choices (A) & (D) make the classic GMAT mistake of using a plural pronoun for a singular collective noun; both of those choices are incorrect.

Split #3: the constructions "less percentage" and "fewer percentage" are incorrect. The correct construction is "a lower percentage", and of the five answer choices, only (C) gets this correct.

The only possible answer is (C).

FAQ: How do you know when to use "less" and when to use "lower"?

A: We can't think about one word applying to percentages at all times. Instead, we need to think about the structure of the sentence and what, exactly, is being described as less or lower.

Let's consider some examples:

- The workforce is 50% less than that of the previous year.
- There were 50% fewer people in the workforce this year than last year.
- The number of people in the workforce was 50% lower than the previous year.

All three of these deal with the same main idea, but the actual structure of the sentences is different.

When we are talking about countable nouns (like 'the number of people' or even just 'people'), we use a comparison word ending in -er, like lower or fewer. When we refer to an uncountable noun or a statistic (like 'the workforce'), we use the word less.

This confusion between words (especially in the case of "less" vs "fewer") is an ongoing struggle for many, many people... even native speakers of English with advanced education!
_________________
Thanks!
Do give some kudos.

Simple strategy:
“Once you’ve eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

GMAT Ninja YouTube! Series 1| GMAT Ninja YouTube! Series 2 | How to Improve GMAT Quant from Q49 to a Perfect Q51 | Time management

My Notes:
Reading comprehension | Critical Reasoning | Absolute Phrases | Subjunctive Mood
Director
Joined: 14 Feb 2017
Posts: 766
Location: Australia
Concentration: Technology, Strategy
GMAT 1: 560 Q41 V26
GMAT 2: 550 Q43 V23
GMAT 3: 650 Q47 V33
WE: Management Consulting (Consulting)
Re: Dorn Consulting handles much more sophisticated issues than comparable  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

11 Jul 2019, 20:53
Dorn Consulting handles much more sophisticated issues than comparable consulting firms, and they have less percentage of employees with advanced degrees.

First split - incorrect comparison: (A) and (B) incorrectly compare what X handles to Y instead of comparing what X handles to what Y handles.

A) comparable consulting firms, and they have less
B) comparable consulting firms, and it has fewer

Next. "they" is incorrectly used to refer to a company, which is typically singular on the GMAT (collective nouns)
D) do comparable consulting firms, and they have not as many

The real diff between C and E is the construction of the second clause. In E we don't convey the logical meaning quite clearly. It's not logical to say "we have less percentage of male students" when comparing School 1's student count to School 2's student count". It's always "a lower percentage of X compared to Y" when making the comparison. For this reason E is incorrect

E) do comparable consulting firms, and it has less

C) comparable consulting firms do, and it has a lower
_________________
Goal: Q49, V41

+1 Kudos if you like my post pls!
Re: Dorn Consulting handles much more sophisticated issues than comparable   [#permalink] 11 Jul 2019, 20:53
Display posts from previous: Sort by