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

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

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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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Re: SC: A Tough One [#permalink]

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30 Nov 2005, 10:43
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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

C.

..because we need a comma after movies as in c,d & e.
D compares numbers to people - wrong

Between C & E, I prefer C

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30 Nov 2005, 12:23
B)...we need "fewer" b/c ppl are countable. "have been" is parallel. the comparison is b/w nouns, respectively ppl.
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01 Dec 2005, 07:06
B maintains the tense ||ism.

Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark, the man-eater of the moviesâ€”fewer than have been killed by bee stings.

Moreover people is countable, so fewer should be used instead of less than.
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01 Dec 2005, 07:50
Use fewer for countable things
Use less for uncountable things

People are countable, A is wrong
C is wrong, which refers falsely to movies

I would go witih B for parallelism

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02 Dec 2005, 04:49
C.

A and B are out. Comma is required.
D compares number with people
E uses fewer. When count is explicitly told then always use less (e.g NY is less than twenty miles form here. - Even though distance is countable, still we use less)

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02 Dec 2005, 10:57
ETS always prefers fewer than over less than for countable nouns.

(B)

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02 Dec 2005, 11:04
E. we need comma in B.

Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark, the man-eater of the movies, fewer than the ones killed by bee stings.
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02 Dec 2005, 11:35
I will go with B. People is a countable noun so fewer should be used.

What is the OA?

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02 Dec 2005, 20:30
The OA is 'B'

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