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# With total sales of less than three hundred thousand dollars

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24 May 2010, 15:05
I dont undestand this one: sales is a countable noun so less is not correct; fewer should be used instead.
Im therefore with E.
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25 May 2010, 23:52
For dollar sales u need to use less,
It is an idiomatic expression.
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Disagree with the explanation given:

This is not a matter of idiomatic usage. When a collection of units acts as a unified whole, it is considered one, singular unit.

Consider for example the following two sentences:

Four hours is a long time.

v.s.

The four hours were excruciating. (Though it is hoped that they will not be if you practice enough )

The first "four hours" act one unit, and the second "four hours" are being considered individually.

In most of the SC problems, # + Unit (time, currency, weight, distance, etc.) = SINGULAR (and therefore non-count).

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26 May 2010, 03:31
Good one

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31 May 2010, 14:28
Why is option (C) wrong inspite of the parallelism?

With total sales of less than three hundred thousand dollars and fewer new subscribers than last year, the New England Theatre Company is in danger of losing its building.

A. of less than three hundred thousand dollars and fewer

C. lesser than three hundred thousand dollars and fewer

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31 May 2010, 22:55
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As nightwing79 posted above, the difference between less and lesser is not grammatical-- both words are the comparative. However, they have different meanings. "Lesser" means inferior, while "less" relates to quantity. Thus, meaning, not parallelism is the issue in C.

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06 Sep 2010, 08:53
good question. I fell for C too.

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26 Apr 2011, 08:11
+1 A

Money (\$ XX dollars) is uncountable. Why? I don't know. It's not my language! Just memorize it and be happy
Suscribers are countable.
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26 Apr 2011, 13:17
The strategy to tackle this problem is using odds and ends concept of Manhattan GMAT ... Correct answer A

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26 Apr 2011, 13:54
A is the answer, pretty straight forward

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26 Apr 2011, 15:55
A straightforward "A" here
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26 Apr 2011, 22:43
Completly agree with A

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26 Apr 2011, 22:58
By looking at AND i thought this issue is also testing parallelism. Are less and fewer parallel?

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27 Apr 2011, 00:24
imho A-
less=dollars
fewer=subscribers
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27 Apr 2011, 01:59
nilesh376 wrote:
In addition to it.. we are comparing total sales with a number which is 300 thousand dollars.. its not right to say 2 is lesser than 3.. similarly total sales is less than 300, not lesser than 300 or even fewer than 300 (countable quantity)

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By looking at AND i thought this issue is also testing parallelism. Are less and fewer parallel?

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With total sales of less than three hundred thousand dollars and fewer new subscribers than last year, the New England Theater Company is in danger of losing its building.

[highlight](A) of less than three hundred thousand dollars and fewer[/highlight]
(B) lower than three hundred thousand dollars and less
(C) lesser than three hundred thousand dollars and fewer
(D) fewer than three hundred thousand dollars and less
(E) of fewer than three hundred thousand dollars and of fewer

It's not a parallelism it's testing for here but a less than vs. fewer choice.... some posts here have suggested C - but if you insert option C into the sentence you can see this is wrong... "With total sales lesser than three hundred thousand dollars and fewer"... (ouch!).

'Lesser' is rarely used but occasionally seen in a comparitive sense as in 'the least of' (e.g. "it is the lesser of two evils"), or occasionally appearing in names of animals "the lesser spotted woodpecker".)

A common GMAT trap is to use money in SC - you need to be careful when considering whether the object proposed is countable or not. 'Money' is'nt usually used as a countable noun - it's not correct to say "one money", "two moneys (or monies)" etc - similarly we would use "less money," not "fewer money."

That said, we would use 'fewer' when counting (one dollar, two dollars) so a correct comparative term is "fewer dollars". eg: "I have less money than you", "I have fewer dollars than you"

Countable nouns can also be used to represent quantitave measurements (as we find in this question) – consider sums of money, periods of time and distance. Here, we'd see that whilst minutes / dollars / miles etc are countable, the correct form would be "less than ten minutes left", "less than a hundred dollars" and "less than three miles" Remember, here we are referring to quantities, not countable units.

Answer 'A' correctly assigns the property "of less than three hundred thousand dollars" to "total sales", and recognises new subscribers as countable, using "fewer".
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02 May 2012, 10:33
A is correct.
Less can be used with money , when we treat the amount of money as a whole, if we have to consider the number of notes of the money, then few or fewer will be used.
A is correct.

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03 May 2012, 10:45
Hi All,

The usage of “lesser” is incorrect in Choice C because “less” is already in comparative degree.

Little (positive), Less (comparative), Least (superlative)

Hence, we cannot use “lesser” to show the comparative degree. As one of the posters mentioned, we can use it as adjective followed by a noun.

For e.g.: I have lesser ice cream than you have.

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21 May 2012, 14:49
I marked C but figured out my mistake.."lesser" is not used in GMAT in this context...
Oh well, live and learn..hopefully before the GMAT
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21 May 2012, 21:06
Was confused between A &C and opted for the latter. the 'and' and thoughts of parallelism were the driving force. But the explanation makes sense!

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