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# Of the three major candidates for President in 2004

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Of the three major candidates for President in 2004 [#permalink]

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Of the three major candidates for President in 2004, Ralph Nader, an independent who had represented the Green Party in the 2000 election, received the least media coverage and ultimately the fewest votes.
(D) received the least media coverage and ultimately less votes than did the other candidates
(E) received the smallest amount of media coverage and ultimately the smallest number of votes

Originally posted by reachskishore on 16 Mar 2017, 22:20.
Last edited by mikemcgarry on 17 Mar 2017, 15:07, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Of the three major candidates for President in 2004 [#permalink]

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17 Mar 2017, 15:30
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reachskishore wrote:
Of the three major candidates for President in 2004, Ralph Nader, an independent who had represented the Green Party in the 2000 election, received the least media coverage and ultimately the fewest votes.
(D) received the least media coverage and ultimately less votes than did the other candidates
(E) received the smallest amount of media coverage and ultimately the smallest number of votes

Dear reachskishore,

I'm happy to help.

This is not the most impressive question.

One of the ideas this questions tries to explore is the distinction of countable vs. uncountable. See
GMAT Grammar: Less vs. Fewer
GMAT Comparisons: More vs. Greater and Less vs. Fewer

More importantly, we use comparatives (more, fewer, bigger, smaller) for situations with just two elements, and we use superlatives (most, least, biggest, smallest) for cases with 3+ elements. We are discussing three candidates, so we need superlatives.

(B) & (C) use comparatives, not superlatives. (D) says "less votes," rather than "fewer votes." (E) seems to be trying to win a contest for the longest and most awkward answer possible, and it definitely could be a finalist in that competition--that's how wrong it is.

(A) is flawless and correct.

The incorrect answers can be eliminated in a relatively straightforward manner. The subject is also somewhat contrived: the 2004 US Presidential Election was a contest primarily between two major candidates, who won all of the electoral votes and 99% of the popular vote between them. Nader and the others merely were rounding errors in the big picture.

Here's a much more challenging question exploring some similar themes:
Johannes Brahms lived

Does all this make sense?
Mike
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Re: Of the three major candidates for President in 2004 [#permalink]

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20 Mar 2017, 09:23
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mikemcgarry wrote:
reachskishore wrote:
Of the three major candidates for President in 2004, Ralph Nader, an independent who had represented the Green Party in the 2000 election, received the least media coverage and ultimately the fewest votes.
(D) received the least media coverage and ultimately less votes than did the other candidates
(E) received the smallest amount of media coverage and ultimately the smallest number of votes

Dear reachskishore,

I'm happy to help.

This is not the most impressive question.

One of the ideas this questions tries to explore is the distinction of countable vs. uncountable. See
GMAT Grammar: Less vs. Fewer
GMAT Comparisons: More vs. Greater and Less vs. Fewer

More importantly, we use comparatives (more, fewer, bigger, smaller) for situations with just two elements, and we use superlatives (most, least, biggest, smallest) for cases with 3+ elements. We are discussing three candidates, so we need superlatives.

(B) & (C) use comparatives, not superlatives. (D) says "less votes," rather than "fewer votes." (E) seems to be trying to win a contest for the longest and most awkward answer possible, and it definitely could be a finalist in that competition--that's how wrong it is.

(A) is flawless and correct.

The incorrect answers can be eliminated in a relatively straightforward manner. The subject is also somewhat contrived: the 2004 US Presidential Election was a contest primarily between two major candidates, who won all of the electoral votes and 99% of the popular vote between them. Nader and the others merely were rounding errors in the big picture.

Here's a much more challenging question exploring some similar themes:
Johannes Brahms lived

Does all this make sense?
Mike

Hi Mike,

Thanks a lot for your response. It helped me to understand the question better.

+1 Kudos to you.

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Re: Of the three major candidates for President in 2004 [#permalink]

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20 Mar 2017, 10:30
When comparing 3 or more superlative must be used. Only A and D remain.

A is clear in establishing the chronology. I fewer is correct.

Hence A.

This is my understanding. Experts fell free to correct me if I logic is wrong.

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