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# Only seven people this century have been killed by the great

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22 Mar 2005, 14:23
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Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark, the man-eater of the moviesâ€”less than those killed by bee stings.

A. moviesâ€”less than those
B. moviesâ€”fewer than have been
C. movies, which is less than those
D. movies, a number lower than the people
E. movies, fewer than the ones

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22 Mar 2005, 14:31
B) because of parallelism "have been" amd "fewer" fits to countable nouns => people

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22 Mar 2005, 18:22
perezhan wrote:
Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark, the man-eater of the moviesâ€”less than those killed by bee stings.

A. moviesâ€”less than those
B. moviesâ€”fewer than have been
C. movies, which is less than those
D. movies, a number lower than the people
E. movies, fewer than the ones

A,B are out.
C: incorrect: ambiguous reference of pronoun
D: incorrect comparison of number with people

E is my choice

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22 Mar 2005, 18:32
less vs fewer. We need fewer to describe countable nouns.
So only B,D,E to consider.

E is out. It is not preferable to mix people and ones in a sentence

So we're left with B and D. I'll take B, for concision, although I feel that the phrase 'the man-eater of the movies' should be marked out in commas to indicate it's a modifier for the noun 'white shark'.

B it is.

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24 Mar 2005, 17:37
WHY IS D INCORRECT......WE ARE COMPARING THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE KILLED,,,,,,," A NUMBER "-----PLURAL ,,,,MATCHES WITH 7 PEOPLE!
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24 Mar 2005, 20:33
perezhan wrote:
Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark, the man-eater of the moviesâ€”less than those killed by bee stings.

B. moviesâ€”fewer than have been

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25 Mar 2005, 13:35
For people that are interested in more discussions without OA:
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=14003

I'm still choosing E.

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03 Apr 2005, 10:25
I also got B on this one. Can't replace 'people' with 'ones'.

Time for OA

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03 Apr 2005, 10:25
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