It is currently 28 Jun 2017, 23:19

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

# With total sales of less than three hundred thousand dollars

Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

Intern
Joined: 18 Jun 2010
Posts: 11
Re: Sales of + Fewer? [#permalink]

### Show Tags

26 Apr 2011, 22:58
By looking at AND i thought this issue is also testing parallelism. Are less and fewer parallel?
Senior Manager
Joined: 23 Oct 2010
Posts: 383
Location: Azerbaijan
Concentration: Finance
Schools: HEC '15 (A)
GMAT 1: 690 Q47 V38
Re: Sales of + Fewer? [#permalink]

### Show Tags

27 Apr 2011, 00:24
imho A-
less=dollars
fewer=subscribers
_________________

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true

I am still on all gmat forums. msg me if you want to ask me smth

Manager
Joined: 25 Aug 2008
Posts: 222
Location: India
WE 1: 3.75 IT
WE 2: 1.0 IT
Re: Sales of + Fewer? [#permalink]

### Show Tags

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)

I fell for C.
Nilesh376: Thanks for the explanation.
_________________

Cheers,
Varun

If you like my post, give me KUDOS!!

Intern
Joined: 11 Apr 2011
Posts: 32
Location: London
WE 1: 3 yrs f/t manager in aerospace (IT - Commercial - Int'l Mktg)
WE 2: 5 yrs freelance consultant to Gov't
Re: Sales of + Fewer? [#permalink]

### Show Tags

27 Apr 2011, 02:09
1
KUDOS
ZMAT wrote:
By looking at AND i thought this issue is also testing parallelism. Are less and fewer parallel?

Quote:
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".
_________________

Blogging my way through the applications/study process!!
http://mbahorizons.blogspot.com/

Intern
Joined: 12 Jun 2011
Posts: 8
Re: With total sales of less than three hundred thousand dollars [#permalink]

### Show Tags

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.
e-GMAT Representative
Joined: 02 Nov 2011
Posts: 2101
Re: With total sales of less than three hundred thousand dollars [#permalink]

### Show Tags

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.

Hope this helps.
Thanks
_________________

| '4 out of Top 5' Instructors on gmatclub | 70 point improvement guarantee | www.e-gmat.com

Intern
Status: Trying to crack GMAT
Joined: 17 May 2012
Posts: 39
Location: India
Concentration: Operations, Technology
GMAT Date: 07-11-2012
GPA: 3.82
WE: Engineering (Computer Software)
Re: With total sales of less than three hundred thousand dollars [#permalink]

### Show Tags

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
_________________

“When I was young I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures, so I did ten times more work.” ~ Bernard Shaw

Kudos me if I helped you in any way.

Senior Manager
Joined: 28 Dec 2010
Posts: 330
Location: India
Re: With total sales of less than three hundred thousand dollars [#permalink]

### Show Tags

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!
Director
Joined: 14 Dec 2012
Posts: 832
Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Operations
GMAT 1: 700 Q50 V34
GPA: 3.6
Re: With total sales of less than three hundred thousand dollars [#permalink]

### Show Tags

01 May 2013, 13:56
egmat wrote:
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.

Hope this helps.
Thanks

thanks for the explanation....

as per my understanding:

sales lesser than three hundred thousand dollars and fewer ....

what i thought sales is compared to 300 dollars which is not correct ...that is why it is wrong.....

but suppose we replace lesser with less then i think my reasoning will be correct i think..

suggest me

thanks

SKM
_________________

When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe ...then you will be successfull....

GIVE VALUE TO OFFICIAL QUESTIONS...

learn AWA writing techniques while watching video : http://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/gmat-analytical-writing-assessment

GMAT Club Legend
Joined: 01 Oct 2013
Posts: 10149
Re: With total sales of less than three hundred thousand dollars [#permalink]

### Show Tags

14 May 2014, 20:25
Hello from the GMAT Club VerbalBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.
GMAT Club Legend
Joined: 01 Oct 2013
Posts: 10149
Re: With total sales of less than three hundred thousand dollars [#permalink]

### Show Tags

13 Oct 2015, 05:33
Hello from the GMAT Club VerbalBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.
Re: With total sales of less than three hundred thousand dollars   [#permalink] 13 Oct 2015, 05:33

Go to page   Previous    1   2   [ 31 posts ]

Similar topics Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
5 With less than thirty thousand dollars in advance ticket sales and f 1 18 Feb 2016, 12:43
19 With less than thirty thousand dollars in advance ticket 4 12 Nov 2015, 11:09
With total sales of less than three hundred thousand dollars 2 14 Sep 2012, 17:36
3 With a salary of less than 15 thousand dollars and fewer 5 16 Jun 2016, 07:18
3 With total sales of less than three hundred thousand dollars 14 31 Oct 2016, 05:29
Display posts from previous: Sort by