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There are less than 60 Javan rhinos

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29 Mar 2014, 16:41
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There are less than 60 Javan rhinos in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers.

a) There are less than 60 Javan rhinos in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers
b) Less than 60 Javan rhinos remain in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers
c) There are fewer than 60 Javan rhinos in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers or not
d) Fewer than 60 Javan rhinos remain in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers
e) Fewer than 60 Javan rhinos remain in the world today and specialists are unsure if the species can recover its numbers
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29 Mar 2014, 20:09
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A,B are out because of "Less" - should be fewer
C out because of unnecessary "or not" at the end. use of "whether" already implies it
E out because it uses "if" when it should be WHETHER
D - correct
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15 Apr 2014, 06:03
Was torn between options D & E

whether and if cannot be used interchangeably?

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15 Apr 2014, 12:08
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There are less than 60 Javan rhinos in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers.

a) There are less than 60 Javan rhinos in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers
b) Less than 60 Javan rhinos remain in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers
c) There are fewer than 60 Javan rhinos in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers or not
d) Fewer than 60 Javan rhinos remain in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers
e) Fewer than 60 Javan rhinos remain in the world today and specialists are unsure if the species can recover its numbers

a) There are less than 60 Javan rhinos in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers WRONG Less is not correct
b) Less than 60 Javan rhinos remain in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers WRONG Less is not correct
c) There are fewer than 60 Javan rhinos in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers or not WRONG or not is not correct and useless
d) Fewer than 60 Javan rhinos remain in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers Right!!
e) Fewer than 60 Javan rhinos remain in the world today and specialists are unsure if the species can recover its numbers WRONG if is not correct

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27 Oct 2016, 02:53
Can count the rhinos so countable noun - fewer

Options to select - whether over if

or not - unnecessary.

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28 Jul 2017, 00:17
darkhorse19 wrote:
Was torn between options D & E

whether and if cannot be used interchangeably?

If is used when there is a conditional sentence , since there is no condition in this sentence, whether is preferred
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26 Apr 2019, 07:06
Few vs Less

Below is a very good explanation by mikemcgarry on how to differentiate between few and less

https://gmatclub.com/forum/fewer-vs-less-180587.html#p1404644

Since rhinos are countable, hence A and B are out.
C is repetative with 'or not', so out
and if is not conditional, hence Eliminate E
Hence D
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