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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 [u]movies---------less than those[/u] killed by bee stings,

A. movies-less than those
B. movies-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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11 Oct 2007, 09:39
plaza202 wrote:
Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark,the man-eater of the movies---------less than those killed by bee stings,

A. movies-less than those
B. movies-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

clause at the end of the sentence refers back the seven people killed
"man eater of the movies" modifies the great white shark

picked answer D to eliminate ambiguity
we can eliminate A and C since people are countable
B and E seems to be modifying shark which is wrong

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11 Oct 2007, 10:29
"D"

We have to use fewer so eliminate "A" and "C"

B and E are unclear to the antecedant.

D is correct.

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11 Oct 2007, 18:19
plaza202 wrote:
Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark,the man-eater of the movies---------less than those killed by bee stings,

A. movies-less than those
B. movies-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

Will go for 'B' - an an ellipsis.

D - Compares the noun 'seven people'...and 'a number' - incorrect

E - 'the ones' - ambiguous - incorrect

C - which - should modify a number and not the noun 'seven people' - incorrect

A - incorrect - not less but lesser - a comparative verb , especially for comparasion between 2 things.

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11 Oct 2007, 19:57
My choice was also D,....... but OA is "E".

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11 Oct 2007, 20:02
plaza202 wrote:
My choice was also D,....... but OA is "E".

The OA is incorrect. The correct answer is B for the reasons given by Beyond700.

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11 Oct 2007, 20:05
Beyond700 wrote:
plaza202 wrote:
Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark,the man-eater of the movies---------less than those killed by bee stings,

A. movies-less than those
B. movies-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

Will go for 'B' - an an ellipsis.

D - Compares the noun 'seven people'...and 'a number' - incorrect

E - 'the ones' - ambiguous - incorrect

C - which - should modify a number and not the noun 'seven people' - incorrect

A - incorrect - not less but lesser - a comparative verb , especially for comparasion between 2 things.

curious... for answer B what is the ellipsis here?
"fewer than X have been" or "fewer X than have been"
what is X in either case? thanks.

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12 Oct 2007, 19:53
beckee529 wrote:
Beyond700 wrote:
plaza202 wrote:
Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark,the man-eater of the movies---------less than those killed by bee stings,

A. movies-less than those
B. movies-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

Will go for 'B' - an an ellipsis.

D - Compares the noun 'seven people'...and 'a number' - incorrect

E - 'the ones' - ambiguous - incorrect

C - which - should modify a number and not the noun 'seven people' - incorrect

A - incorrect - not less but lesser - a comparative verb , especially for comparasion between 2 things.

curious... for answer B what is the ellipsis here?
"fewer than X have been" or "fewer X than have been"
what is X in either case? thanks.

Since the OA is 'E', may be, ellipsis doesn't apply here for as the subject being compared is in the main clause.

To sharpen our skills, I posted below a good example of ellipsis

He likes you more than I.
He likes you more than me.

Think of what words that are left out:

He likes you more than I do[i].
He likes you more than [i]he likes
me.

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12 Oct 2007, 21:16
Beyond700 wrote:
beckee529 wrote:
Beyond700 wrote:
plaza202 wrote:
Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark,the man-eater of the movies---------less than those killed by bee stings,

A. movies-less than those
B. movies-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

Will go for 'B' - an an ellipsis.

D - Compares the noun 'seven people'...and 'a number' - incorrect

E - 'the ones' - ambiguous - incorrect

C - which - should modify a number and not the noun 'seven people' - incorrect

A - incorrect - not less but lesser - a comparative verb , especially for comparasion between 2 things.

curious... for answer B what is the ellipsis here?
"fewer than X have been" or "fewer X than have been"
what is X in either case? thanks.

Since the OA is 'E', may be, ellipsis doesn't apply here for as the subject being compared is in the main clause.

To sharpen our skills, I posted below a good example of ellipsis

He likes you more than I.
He likes you more than me.

Think of what words that are left out:

He likes you more than I do[i].
He likes you more than [i]he likes
me.

yeah from how i reason, i couldn't see any possible correct usage of ellipsis for B to fit the context/intended meaning for this sentence. but now i wonder if D is wrong because of number "lower" instead of fewer? and also what "the ones" refer to for E? people? the number of people? given that OA is correct....

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12 Oct 2007, 21:22
Beyond700 wrote:
beckee529 wrote:
Beyond700 wrote:
plaza202 wrote:
Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark,the man-eater of the movies---------less than those killed by bee stings,

A. movies-less than those
B. movies-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

Will go for 'B' - an an ellipsis.

D - Compares the noun 'seven people'...and 'a number' - incorrect

E - 'the ones' - ambiguous - incorrect

C - which - should modify a number and not the noun 'seven people' - incorrect

A - incorrect - not less but lesser - a comparative verb , especially for comparasion between 2 things.

curious... for answer B what is the ellipsis here?
"fewer than X have been" or "fewer X than have been"
what is X in either case? thanks.

Since the OA is 'E', may be, ellipsis doesn't apply here for as the subject being compared is in the main clause.

To sharpen our skills, I posted below a good example of ellipsis

He likes you more than I.
He likes you more than me.

Think of what words that are left out:

He likes you more than I do[i].
He likes you more than [i]he likes
me.

to further my point for B:
B. movies-fewer than have been
should logically be "fewer than the people that have been
i don't believe we can do that for ellipsis right?
maybe then again would that make sense with the rest of the sentence?
i don't know..

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12 Oct 2007, 21:48
beckee529 wrote:
Beyond700 wrote:
beckee529 wrote:
Beyond700 wrote:
plaza202 wrote:
Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark,the man-eater of the movies---------less than those killed by bee stings,

A. movies-less than those
B. movies-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

Will go for 'B' - an an ellipsis.

D - Compares the noun 'seven people'...and 'a number' - incorrect

E - 'the ones' - ambiguous - incorrect

C - which - should modify a number and not the noun 'seven people' - incorrect

A - incorrect - not less but lesser - a comparative verb , especially for comparasion between 2 things.

curious... for answer B what is the ellipsis here?
"fewer than X have been" or "fewer X than have been"
what is X in either case? thanks.

Since the OA is 'E', may be, ellipsis doesn't apply here for as the subject being compared is in the main clause.

To sharpen our skills, I posted below a good example of ellipsis

He likes you more than I.
He likes you more than me.

Think of what words that are left out:

He likes you more than I do[i].
He likes you more than [i]he likes
me.

to further my point for B:
B. movies-fewer than have been
should logically be "fewer than the people that have been
i don't believe we can do that for ellipsis right?
maybe then again would that make sense with the rest of the sentence?
i don't know..

Yep, this clause - "fewer than the people that" is incorrect.
the comparison is between 'fewer' and the number of people, not 'the people' themselves

As we spend more time and probe further, I seem to be struck with another reasoning why 'B' cannot be the answer. Usage of 'have been' twice in a sentence is not allowed ( I read some where)

Which is by simplying the original stem and choice 'B'

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

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13 Oct 2007, 00:47
gluon wrote:
plaza202 wrote:
My choice was also D,....... but OA is "E".

The OA is incorrect. The correct answer is B for the reasons given by Beyond700.

I think OA is correct........in D, how can number be lower than people???

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14 Oct 2007, 09:12
plaza202 wrote:
Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark,the man-eater of the movies---------less than those killed by bee stings,

A. movies-less than those
B. movies-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

Clear case - E was my first choice..

A - Less - is for uncountable things
B - than have been - weird
C - again Less
D - a number lower than the people....Weird. how can a number be lower than people.
E - uses fewer - correct - used for countable things.

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