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# Intended primarily to stimulate family summer travel, the

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Intended primarily to stimulate family summer travel, the new airfare, which allows both an adult and a child to fly for the price of one ticket, and also shortens the advance-purchase requirement for family travel to a minimum of seven days rather than fourteen.

(A) and also shortens the advance-purchase requirement for family travel to a minimum of seven days rather than
(B) and also lessens the advance-purchase requirement for family travel to a seven-day minimum from
(C) also shortens the advance-purchase requirement for family travel to a minimum of seven days rather than that of
(D) also lessens the advance-purchase requirement for family travel to a seven-day minimum from
(E) also shortens the advance-purchase requirement for family travel to a minimum of seven days rather than

what is the difference b/w lessen and shorten and when to use what ?
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22 Jun 2006, 14:48
E.

lessens would be used for numbers - e.g. the number of days. shortens would apply to durations or lengths - e.g. the requirement (duration) from 14 days to 7.

The important thing to note is that shortens refers to the requirement. lessens would have to refer to the number of days.
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22 Jun 2006, 15:27
(E) also shortens the advance-purchase requirement for family travel to a minimum of seven days rather than
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22 Jun 2006, 15:32
cool E
shorten - time
lessen - not time
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22 Jun 2006, 20:33
Easy E.

Intended primarily to stimulate family summer travel, the new airfare, which allows both an adult and a child to fly for the price of one ticket, also shortens the advance-purchase requirement for family travel to a minimum of seven days rather than fourteen.
22 Jun 2006, 20:33
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