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Although structural damage from the earthquake was severe, less than ten people were injured.


A. from the earthquake was severe, less than ten
B. from the earthquake was severe; less than ten
C. from the earthquake was severe, fewer than ten
D. of the earthquake was severe, fewer than ten
E. was severe, less than ten
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Although structural damage from the earthquake was severe, less than ten people were injured.


A. from the earthquake was severe, less than ten
B. from the earthquake was severe; less than ten
C. from the earthquake was severe, fewer than ten
D. of the earthquake was severe, fewer than ten
E. was severe, less than ten


This sentence depends on the correct use of the preposition from to describe damage caused as a result of a natural disaster, such as an earthquake. Also, it must be recognized that the word fewer should be used to denote a number of persons who can be counted.
  1. Although the idiom is correct, the phrase less than ten to refer to people is incorrect.
  2. The introductory clause should be set off by a comma, not a semicolon.
  3. The phrase from the earthquake is idiomatically correct, and the word fewer correctly denotes the number of persons who were injured.
  4. The preposition of does not correctly indicate damage caused by the earthquake.
  5. This choice eliminates from the earthquake, which is necessary to the sentence.

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Hi mikemcgarry


Can you please confirm about the usage of 'few' vs 'less' in this situation?

http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-compa ... -vs-fewer/ Your blog says that when the number is decreasing less should be used instead of few?

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Can you please confirm about the usage of 'few' vs 'less' in this situation?

http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-compa ... -vs-fewer/ Your blog says that when the number is decreasing less should be used instead of few?

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Here, number (in the sense used in the post of Magoosh) is not decreasing, people are decreasing - the noun "people" is countable, hence "fewer" is required. For decreasing number, Mike indicates "population", "melting point" and "cost" as examples. You cannot say 1 population, 2 populations, 3 populations etc, but you can definitely say 1 person, 2 people, 3 people etc. - this technique is effective to ascertain whether a noun is countable or uncountable.

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Why the semi colon is replaced with comma- I agree Fewer is correct but the option should be ; fewer than ten people were injured as this is an independent clause wherein Fewer than ten is a modifier to noun people and were is the verb.

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