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# With total sales of less than three hundred thousand dollars

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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.

(A) of less than three hundred thousand dollars and fewer
(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
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31 Mar 2009, 04:21
IMO E
countable-->few

both are countable nouns

less patience
less joy
but few cricketers
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31 Mar 2009, 05:03
A?

sales refers to an amount of money (e.g. i have less money than you do)
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Should be A

Both 'Less than' and 'fewer' is rightly used.

Less than is used to show decrease in value and lower than in physical level. For example water level is lower than
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31 Mar 2009, 06:17
A is OA.
But why not C? C looks okay to me.
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31 Mar 2009, 06:53
Not sure whether lesser than is apt term here. Lesser is used an adj. For ex: Lesser quantity.

Again, there may be better explanation for your question.

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A is OA.
But why not C? C looks okay to me.
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Economist wrote:
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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.

(A) of less than three hundred thousand dollars and fewer
(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

IMO A).
Have you gone through Manhattan SC (Odds and Ends) book? - It is clearly mentioned in this book about this trap.

Be careful with unit nouns.......such as dollars or gallons....By their nature they are countable (example: one dollar, two dollar etc) and so they work with most of the countable modifiers. However, unit nous represents the uncountable quantities: money, volume (one money, two money etc).

As a result we use "less" with unit nouns when we really want to indicate something about underlying quantity.

We have less than twenty dollars.........ex.

If we write we have fewer than twenty dollars that means (20 piece of papers)....so whenever underlying quantity is uncountable then use less than (especially in case of money and volume).
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Thanks for the info . My question was more regarding 'less' vs 'lesser'
But I think lesser should be followed by a noun...makes sense.

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Economist wrote:
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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.

(A) of less than three hundred thousand dollars and fewer
(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

IMO A).
Have you gone through Manhattan SC (Odds and Ends) book? - It is clearly mentioned in this book about this trap.

Be careful with unit nouns.......such as dollars or gallons....By their nature they are countable (example: one dollar, two dollar etc) and so they work with most of the countable modifiers. However, unit nous represents the uncountable quantities: money, volume (one money, two money etc).

As a result we use "less" with unit nouns when we really want to indicate something about underlying quantity.

We have less than twenty dollars.........ex.

If we write we have fewer than twenty dollars that means (20 piece of papers)....so whenever underlying quantity is uncountable then use less than (especially in case of money and volume).
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01 Apr 2009, 15:26
Just want to clarify you cannot use "lesser" I think even you have noun after that...it is not idiomatic. For comparision between two items we still use "less" (less than).....lesser than is not valid as per my understanding.

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22 Apr 2010, 16:14
A is correct
sale is uncountable so less than is okay and subscriber is fewer as they are countable
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22 Apr 2010, 18:36
A straight forward one. OA is A: less for non- count (water, air etc)
fewer for counts: people; knives, plates etc
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23 Apr 2010, 01:11
Economist wrote:
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.

(A) of less than three hundred thousand dollars and fewer
(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

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IMO A

this is a "less than" and fewer problem
Ofcourse we cannot use lesser as this is not idiomatic

As per GMAT rules- it is mentioned in OG

"Less than" refers to continuous quantity => sales/revenues less than three hundred dollars - it is a continuous thing
"Fewer" refers to a specific number which is countable => fewer new subscribers => they are countable

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23 Apr 2010, 06:12
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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23 Apr 2010, 07:57
@nilesh376
You gave a valid reason why A is having correct usage.
Even I fall for trap and selected C.

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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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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