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There have been fewer crimes #1 (permalink) Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:10 pm   There have been fewer crimes
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #229 "Adverbs of Quantity (2)", question 1

There have been ......... crimes since the police new task force was created.

(a) any
(b) every
(c) much
(d) fewer

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #229 "Adverbs of Quantity (2)", answer 1

There have been fewer crimes since the police new task force was created.

Correct answer: (d) fewer

Your answer was: incorrect
There have been any crimes since the police new task force was created.
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There have been fewer crimes #2 (permalink) Tue Sep 11, 2012 22:06 pm   There have been fewer crimes
 

For 'any' to be correct, the sentence would need to be:

There haven't been any crimes...
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There have been fewer crimes #3 (permalink) Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:03 am   There have been fewer crimes
 

Hi Bev,

Incidentally, is "police new task force" correct? Shouldn't it be "new police task force"?
I always thought that adjectives like "new" were usually tacked onto the end.

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There have been fewer crimes #4 (permalink) Thu Sep 13, 2012 6:12 am   There have been fewer crimes
 

Yes, it should be 'new police task force'.
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