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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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17 Nov 2005, 12:05
Isn't we need fewer at both places - countable things

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17 Nov 2005, 13:04
The idioms are: less than for uncountable and fewer for countable.

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17 Nov 2005, 13:07
Im going with A

Population is uncountable therefore it should but used with less
females is countable therefore it should be used with few

in C lesser than is unidiomatic

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17 Nov 2005, 14:29
joemama142000 wrote:
Im going with A

Population is uncountable therefore it should but used with less
females is countable therefore it should be used with few

in C lesser than is unidiomatic

With a total population of less than two hundred

i thought fewer than two hundred would be more appropriate..do you think we should not look at the actual number here(two hundred) and rather look at the noun (population) to determine if to use fewer/less?
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17 Nov 2005, 14:47
population is not countable is it...just say 1 population, 2 population, 3 population...doesnt make sense right...so its an uncountable entity..

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joemama142000 wrote:
Im going with A

Population is uncountable therefore it should but used with less
females is countable therefore it should be used with few

in C lesser than is unidiomatic

With a total population of less than two hundred

i thought fewer than two hundred would be more appropriate..do you think we should not look at the actual number here(two hundred) and rather look at the noun (population) to determine if to use fewer/less?

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17 Nov 2005, 15:02
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population is not countable is it...just say 1 population, 2 population, 3 population...doesnt make sense right...so its an uncountable entity..

...another time i messed up with countable/non-countable thanks friend!
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18 Nov 2005, 11:41
Good job.

OA is indeed A.
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