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# With less than thirty thousand dollars in advance ticket sales and f

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With less than thirty thousand dollars in advance ticket sales and fewer acceptances by guest speakers than expected, the one-day symposium on art and religion was canceled for lack of interest.

(A) less than thirty thousand dollars in advance ticket sales and fewer

(B) fewer than thirty thousand dollars in advance ticket sales and less

(C) fewer than thirty thousand dollars in advance ticket sales and fewer

(D) lesser than thirty thousand dollars in advance ticket sales and fewer

(E) less than thirty thousand dollars in advance ticket sales and as few

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18 Feb 2016, 12:43
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With less than thirty thousand dollars in advance ticket sales and fewer acceptances by guest speakers than expected, the one-day symposium on art and religion was canceled for lack of interest.

(A) less than thirty thousand dollars in advance ticket sales and fewer

(B) fewer than thirty thousand dollars in advance ticket sales and less

(C) fewer than thirty thousand dollars in advance ticket sales and fewer

(D) lesser than thirty thousand dollars in advance ticket sales and fewer

(E) less than thirty thousand dollars in advance ticket sales and as few

Dear carcass,
My respected colleague, thank you for posting this question. This is a straightforward questions on countable vs. uncountable issues. Two relevant blogs:
GMAT Grammar: Less vs. Fewer
GMAT Comparisons: More vs. Greater and Less vs. Fewer
The GMAT loves to test these things because in colloquial US speech, mistakes of this kind are rampant. For example, virtually every grocery store in America has signs for an express lane that say something such as "12 items or less." The grammar of my fellow US citizens embarrasses me!

"acceptances" = this is plural, indicating that these are countable. Apparently, we can count how many acceptances we have gotten in this instance. Any time we would use the question "how many?" we are in the countable case. In the countable case, we need to say "fewer acceptances," not "less acceptances."

The other case is a little trickier and deserves comment. With many common quantities, such as time, distance, and money, when we ask the questions about "how much?" we typically get a numerical answer:
How much time? Two hours.
How much distance? 73 miles.
How much money? Thirty thousand dollars.

Thus, in cases in which amounts in units of time or distance or money are used, this is construed as an answer to the question "how much time/distance/money?" Thus, even though the units are plural, this is construed as the uncountable case. The question "how much?" is the signal of the uncountable case. For the uncountable case, we use "less." Another way to say this is that when we are talking about dollars, the word "money" is implied:
...less money than thirty thousand dollars ...
which is shortened to
...less than thirty thousand dollars ...

Thus, we need:
... less than thirty thousand dollars in advance ticket sales and fewer acceptances by guest speakers than expected ...
These are correct only in (A), the OA.

Mike
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15 May 2018, 21:34
mikemcgarry wrote:
carcass wrote:
With less than thirty thousand dollars in advance ticket sales and fewer acceptances by guest speakers than expected, the one-day symposium on art and religion was canceled for lack of interest.

(A) less than thirty thousand dollars in advance ticket sales and fewer

(B) fewer than thirty thousand dollars in advance ticket sales and less

(C) fewer than thirty thousand dollars in advance ticket sales and fewer

(D) lesser than thirty thousand dollars in advance ticket sales and fewer

(E) less than thirty thousand dollars in advance ticket sales and as few

Dear carcass,
My respected colleague, thank you for posting this question. This is a straightforward questions on countable vs. uncountable issues. Two relevant blogs:
GMAT Grammar: Less vs. Fewer
GMAT Comparisons: More vs. Greater and Less vs. Fewer
The GMAT loves to test these things because in colloquial US speech, mistakes of this kind are rampant. For example, virtually every grocery store in America has signs for an express lane that say something such as "12 items or less." The grammar of my fellow US citizens embarrasses me!

"acceptances" = this is plural, indicating that these are countable. Apparently, we can count how many acceptances we have gotten in this instance. Any time we would use the question "how many?" we are in the countable case. In the countable case, we need to say "fewer acceptances," not "less acceptances."

The other case is a little trickier and deserves comment. With many common quantities, such as time, distance, and money, when we ask the questions about "how much?" we typically get a numerical answer:
How much time? Two hours.
How much distance? 73 miles.
How much money? Thirty thousand dollars.

Thus, in cases in which amounts in units of time or distance or money are used, this is construed as an answer to the question "how much time/distance/money?" Thus, even though the units are plural, this is construed as the uncountable case. The question "how much?" is the signal of the uncountable case. For the uncountable case, we use "less." Another way to say this is that when we are talking about dollars, the word "money" is implied:
...less money than thirty thousand dollars ...
which is shortened to
...less than thirty thousand dollars ...

Thus, we need:
... less than thirty thousand dollars in advance ticket sales and fewer acceptances by guest speakers than expected ...
These are correct only in (A), the OA.

Mike

Dear mikemcgarry,

Such a basic topic but surprisingly we make so much mistake in our day to day lives.
Thanks for the links which explains these bread and butter concepts excellently and once and for all.
THANKS!!
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