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Motorist can anticipate less delays at the 40th Street Station ramp

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Motorist can anticipate less delays at the 40th Street Station ramp as soon as police finish clearing the disabled truck from the right lane.

A. Motorist can anticipate less delays at the 40th Street Station ramp
B. Motorist at the 40th Street Station ramp can anticipate fewer delays
C. Motorists can anticipate fewer delays at the 40th Street Station ramp
D. Anticipate less delays for motorists at the 40th Street Station ramp
E. At the 40th Street Station ramp, motorists can anticipate less delays

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04 Aug 2019, 21:36
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I'm hoping OA is C. Since 'Motorists' is plural and the structure of the sentence flows well with option C.
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05 Aug 2019, 06:44
Is DELAY countable or uncountable?
IMO it should be uncountable as I certainly can't count delay.
on the other hand, fewer delay makes more sense!
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Also, if anyone can point me to a blog or a post to understand countable/uncountable!

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05 Aug 2019, 22:14
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Karmesh wrote:
Is DELAY countable or uncountable?
IMO it should be uncountable as I certainly can't count delay.
on the other hand, fewer delay makes more sense!
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Also, if anyone can point me to a blog or a post to understand countable/uncountable!

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Delay can be used in a non-count sense (for example: "without delay") to refer to a delay in general. Here, however, we are looking at ~instances of delay. In this case, delay is countable.

delays at the airport
traffic delays
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06 Aug 2019, 03:25
So Arun can you please tell us what is the correct answer

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06 Aug 2019, 21:28
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however any form of measurement unit requires "less or greater" such as percentages, probability etc, i think which "anticipation" is considered measurement unit.

I did feel the sentence is talking about instances of delays, so fewer should come, however i wasn't sure so went with "E"

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06 Aug 2019, 21:56
So Arun can you please tell us what is the correct answer
Delays is a count noun here, so I'd go with fewer delays. At least on the GMAT, as the exam tests this (though not very often). Otherwise, I don't really care about the "difference" between less and fewer. In fact, I actually like using less.
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06 Aug 2019, 22:07
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however any form of measurement unit requires "less or greater" such as percentages, probability etc, i think which "anticipation" is considered measurement unit.

I did feel the sentence is talking about instances of delays, so fewer should come, however i wasn't sure so went with "E"

Don't worry about the anticipate. Focus on only the word delays. We could even replace the anticipate, and go with something like expect.

Motorists can expect fewer delays.

If we want something that has less to do with the future, we could go with encountered.

Motorists encountered fewer delays.

In other words, anticipate does not affect the less and fewer split. That comes down to whether the noun is countable or not.
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07 Aug 2019, 01:41
"Motorist can anticipate" holds the key here.
As "Motorist" is singular and "anticipate" goes with plural subject, so we can skip options with this combination.

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07 Aug 2019, 19:47
sarkarshantanu wrote:
"Motorist can anticipate" holds the key here.
As "Motorist" is singular and "anticipate" goes with plural subject, so we can skip options with this combination.
It is incorrect to use motorist here (we need "a motorist"), but the verb is not a problem. That can means that the verb won't change.

A motorist can anticipate...
Motorists can anticipate...

The can anticipate doesn't change.
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