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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 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
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20 Apr 2008, 12:41
A and B need commas
D should be "a number lower than the number of people"
E "the ones" should be "the number"

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20 Apr 2008, 16:36
Between D and E, I'd have to pick E. D has an incorrect comparison between number and people.

We need the comma which eliminates AB. C has an incorrect "which"

prasannar 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
<-- awkward but best choice I feel.

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20 Apr 2008, 18:41
I picked D, but after reading bsd's post, it makes sense.

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20 Apr 2008, 19:34
I go with E..and there is nothing awkward about choice E..

this is a classic modifier problem, only seven people have been killed by the great white shark, blah-blah, fewer than the ones killed by bee stings..

here ones..refers to people, fewere compares seven people...

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20 Apr 2008, 21:12
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 (awkward...also less...it should be fewer)

B. movies fewer than have been (awkward)

C. movies, which is less than those (which ==> for what ...white shark or people )

D. movies, a number lower than the people

E. movies, fewer than the ones (Best Answer)

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20 Apr 2008, 22:00
prasannar 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

seems the question is not properly posted in its original forms.

i am between B and E.

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20 Apr 2008, 23:09
picked C over E.

But now see E might be it.

Why is "which" wrong bsd_lover?

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20 Apr 2008, 23:42
Let me explain why which is incorrect (since I am in an explanation mode today). In GMAT, which always refers to what directly precedes it (also known as its antecedent).

Consider this sentence :
Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark, the man-eater movies, which is less than those killed by bee stings.

What does which refer to here ??? As a rule - which refers to movies. This is clearly incorrect.

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21 Apr 2008, 08:08
No way It is E.As said by bsd_lover,this concept is one which gmat often tests.The antecedent rule.

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21 Apr 2008, 11:33
Should be E,

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

Only E is correct using "fewer", where people are countable numbers.

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Re: SC: White Shark   [#permalink] 21 Apr 2008, 11:33
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