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New post 31 Oct 2009, 23:03
gmattokyo wrote:
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E. "fewer" is req to modify/quantify countnoun "ways". "are" is correct verb for plural "fewer ways".
A is missing "it" that makes the sentence unclear and vague.
E should correct.
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gmattokyo wrote:
less/fewer, plural/singular


E. "fewer" is req to modify/quantify countnoun "ways". "are" is correct verb for plural "fewer ways".
A is missing "it" that makes the sentence unclear and vague.
E should correct.


IMO "A". In "E" it refers to inefficiencies?

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GMAT TIGER wrote:
gmattokyo wrote:
less/fewer, plural/singular


E. "fewer" is req to modify/quantify countnoun "ways". "are" is correct verb for plural "fewer ways".
A is missing "it" that makes the sentence unclear and vague.
E should correct.


IMO "A". In "E" it refers to inefficiencies?



yes I think 'it' refers to efficiencies in the system because of 'find efficiencies in the system' earlier in the sentence.

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New post 02 Nov 2009, 21:38
IMO E

Ways is a plural countable noun that requires:
- FEWER instead of LESS
- ARE instead of IS
So A,C, E remain.
Among them I pick E because it has the correct idion TO LOOK FOR.

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New post 02 Nov 2009, 22:19
Thanks for the attempt everyone...
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"Fewer" is correct. So B and D gone.
"Ways" is plural, so "there are" is correct. C is gone.
E is incorrect because singular pronoun "it" refers to plural noun "efficiencies"

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If E were "[...]stop looking for them", which would be better, A or E??
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For me :
A-> Correct answer
B-> Less should only be used for comparison, so wrong here.
C-> 'is' is wrong
D-> wrong use of less
E-> 'it' referring to efficiencies

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gmattokyo wrote:


I chose A because -
1. I did not find any problem in A
2. 'fewer' should be used instead of 'lesser' because 'ways' can counted - way 1, way 2, way 3 etc.
3. 'there are' should be used instead of 'there is' because 'ways' is plural.
4. 'looking for it' -> here 'it' is ambiguous. Ideally 'it' should refer to 'ways'.
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