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    Choose the correct answer from a, b, c or d :-

    - ............ students enrolled this year at our university than last year.
    a) Less of the b) A few more c) A few d) Less

    Please explain why you chose it.

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    Default Re: Choose the correct answer, please.

    Less

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    Default Re: Choose the correct answer, please.

    I find B the only correct answer, though D sounds idiomatic yet incorrect at the same time.

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    Default Re: Choose the correct answer, please.

    Thanks a lot for your answer.
    Could you please explain why you chose (Less) not (A few more)?
    I also insist on (Less) ,but my colleagues and teachers say it is (A few more).
    Thanks again for this wonderful site and wonderful concern.

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    Default Re: Choose the correct answer, please.

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I find B the only correct answer, though D sounds idiomatic yet incorrect at the same time.
    Why did you choose (A few more) ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I find B the only correct answer, though D sounds idiomatic yet incorrect at the same time.
    As I''m a non-native speaker of English, could I ask you to suggest some other way of expressing the idea that this year not so many students enrolled the university as they did last year. What I'm driving at is why shouldn' we choose "Less"?

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    Default Re: Choose the correct answer, please.

    Simply put, "more" and "fewer" can be used as subjects: "More people now enroll.... Fewer students have enrolled this year..."

    Less is simply a comparative adjective and adverb, not to be used as a sentence subject predicating a verb. Here is a correct use: "I think the number now is less than it was then." It cannot function as a pronoun.

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    Default Re: Choose the correct answer, please.

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Simply put, "more" and "fewer" can be used as subjects: "More people now enroll.... Fewer students have enrolled this year..."

    Less is simply a comparative adjective and adverb, not to be used as a sentence subject predicating a verb. Here is a correct use: "I think the number now is less than it was then." It cannot function as a pronoun.
    Do you mean that if there was (more) in the choices , you would choose it ?
    If so, Less is the opposite of more and it should be correct. Also there is (than) in the sentences,so we compare between student who enrolled last year and this year.
    I'm sorry for disturbance.Please make it clear for me.

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    Default Re: Choose the correct answer, please.

    Less is used for uncountable nouns, so it is incorrect to be used with (students)

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