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With a total population of less than two hundred and fewer

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With a total population of less than two hundred and fewer breeding females than ever before, the American crocodile seemed a decade ago to be in danger of disappearing.

(A) of less than two hundred and fewer
(B) lower than two hundred and less
(C) lesser than two hundred and fewer
(D) fewer than two hundred and less
(E) of fewer than two hundred and of fewer
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31 May 2005, 22:39
use fewer only when referring to countable nouns. Population is very much like a 'blob' and so less/lesser should be used.

D and E are out.

We need 'of' after population and before less, and fewer to refer to the number of breeding females.

A it is.
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31 May 2005, 22:41
ywilfred wrote:
use fewer only when referring to countable nouns. Population is very much like a 'blob' and so less/lesser should be used.

D and E are out.

We need 'of' after population and before less, and fewer to refer to the number of breeding females.

A it is.

Agree with Ywilfred (and Himalaya - if you already have the OA )
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31 May 2005, 22:43
Vithal wrote:
ywilfred wrote:
use fewer only when referring to countable nouns. Population is very much like a 'blob' and so less/lesser should be used.

D and E are out.

We need 'of' after population and before less, and fewer to refer to the number of breeding females.

A it is.

Agree with Ywilfred (and Himalaya - if you already have the OA )

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01 Jun 2005, 03:24
Agree with fewer-lesser count. But "of" does not sound good. Therefore, C is the best answer.
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01 Jun 2005, 11:02
I dont like the way lesser sound, we can't say, I have leesser money than you,
it is only less than,

well, just my reasoning,
so I go for A
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01 Jun 2005, 11:52
kevinw wrote:
I dont like the way lesser sound, we can't say, I have leesser money than you,
it is only less than,

well, just my reasoning,
so I go for A

I managed to pick A, barely managed.
Can anyone explain when to use lesser than and when to use less than.

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01 Jun 2005, 18:33
Vithal wrote:
ywilfred wrote:
use fewer only when referring to countable nouns. Population is very much like a 'blob' and so less/lesser should be used. D and E are out.

We need 'of' after population and before less, and fewer to refer to the number of breeding females.
A it is.

Agree with Ywilfred (and Himalaya - if you already have the OA )

Hmmmm, agree with you guys. OA is A.
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Re: With a total population of less than two hundred and fewer [#permalink]

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16 Aug 2016, 21:10
I marked OA as D,fewer than 200 and less than breeding females as 200 is countable hence fewer should be used.

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