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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 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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27 Mar 2007, 10:05
That's a good one:
People can be counted, so A and C are out.
D is out because it compares numbers to people - not parallel
Between B and E, I choose E because to me, although B keeps the parallel structure of present perfect "have been," it does not have a referent. E solves this issue by using "the ones" (people).

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27 Mar 2007, 10:14
I vote for D...although 'lower' seems a little awkward.
Fewer is E is unclear.

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27 Mar 2007, 11:01
First of all, not LESS, but FEWER. A&C eliminated
Then, I think we should put a comma here.
So, B eliminated
My answer is E, cause in D there must be "number lower than that of... "
E it is.

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27 Mar 2007, 19:03
I was tempted to choose one of the options that used the word fewer. I referred to Sahil's notes to be doubly sure. Here is an excerpt from the notes:

As a rule of thumb, use fewer to modify a plural noun.

Example: I have fewer papers to write than last year.

Use less to modify a singular noun.

Example: Youâ€™ll need less paper if you type your report.

As people is a plural noun it should go with fewer. Right?

Look at the options with fewer.

B. moviesâ€”fewer than have been : here 'have been' does not have a referant.

E. movies, fewer than the ones: To me, usage of "the ones" looks very awkward.

C and D are clearly inappropriate

Hence I feel the sentence should be left undisturbed. I choose (A)

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28 Mar 2007, 21:35
I opt for E, eventhough fewer looks little awkward.

OA pls...

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29 Mar 2007, 06:53
Should be 'B'.

We can't use less for the countable nouns. So A, and C are out. 'D' uses lower which is not correct either.
Now the choices left out are 'B' and 'E'.

B wins over E because of B is the parallel as far as tenses are concerned.

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.
Now the issue with B is - the dash is used instead of comma. Yes comma would have a better choice. So we have to trade off between use of parallelism and use of comma. IMO the parallelism wins.

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31 Mar 2007, 10:30
OA is B

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31 Mar 2007, 16:08
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 awkward
B. moviesâ€”fewer than have beenfewer is wrong for numbers
C. movies, which is less than those:which refers to movies and hence wrong modifier
D. movies, a number lower than the people
E. movies, fewer than the ones: fewer is wrong for numbers

so i would go for D[/b]

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01 Apr 2007, 01:23

fewer is correctly used and than have been do the correct comparison.

regards,

Amardeep

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01 Apr 2007, 01:45
That in itself is a terrible sentence.

I would say C.

I would disagree with a hyphen being used in that regard.

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01 Apr 2007, 01:45
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