# fewer than <people who> <those who> have been killed by bee stings

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#### Oswinw011

##### Senior Member
Original: Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark, the man-eater of the movies—fewer than [have been killed by bee stings]. (Source: GMAT)Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white sha

Second:
Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark, the man-eater of the movies—fewer than people who have been killed by bee stings.

Third:
Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark, the man-eater of the movies—fewer than those killed by bee stings.

Hi, everyone
I wonder if the second and third version are correct. If not, could you explain a little? Thanks.

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• #### Franco-filly

##### Senior Member
I think you need 'fewer than the number of people / of those...'

#### Chez

##### Senior Member
Second: ... fewer than those who have been killed by bee stings.(Avoids repeat of 'people')

Third: this is OK, but I prefer what I wrote above because I think it is clearer and easier to understand. In this sentence, the 'fewer than' is so far away from the number of people given at the beginning of the sentence that it helps to remind readers clearly what you are comparing.

#### Oswinw011

##### Senior Member
Thanks, chez, Franco filly. This is the explanation I just found on a GMAT forum(see the link in the #1):

Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark, the man-eater of the movies—fewer than those who have been killed by bee stings.

it seems to be making a not-very-logical comparison between the number of people killed by sharks and the specific people killed by bee stings.

So, Franco's advice: 4.Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark, the man-eater of the movies—fewer than the number of those who have been killed by bee stings.
As opposed to: 5.Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark, the man-eater of the movies—fewer than have been killed by bee stings.
I don't know why sentence 5 is logical. It seems to me that it's still making a comparison between number and "people"