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After the 2010 census, Texas, the second most populous state, has 38 electoral votes, 17 votes less than that of California.
(A) has 38 electoral votes, 17 votes less than that of California
(B) has 38 electoral votes, 17 votes less than California
(C) with 38 electoral votes, 17 votes less than California
(D) with 38 electoral votes, 17 votes fewer than that of California
(E) has 38 electoral votes, 17 votes fewer than California
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Re: Texas' electoral votes [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2012, 11:35
E

we use fewer for countable items (17 votes);however, i got stuck between D and E and choose E

Texas has 38 electoral votes, 17 votes fewer than California.

I think in D subordinate clause "than that of California" is unnecessary
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Re: Texas' electoral votes [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2012, 12:26
D lacks main verb.

ANother issue with D - That of California = 38 electoral votes of California.

E is perfect.
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Re: Texas' electoral votes [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2012, 18:54
By removing the unnecessary clauses, we are left with "...Texas...". So the answer has to be one of the choices with "has".

Since votes are countable, use "fewer" and not "less".
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Re: Texas' electoral votes [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2012, 22:25
(E) wins

Fewer than is the most suitable
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Re: Texas' electoral votes [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2012, 22:52
picked d. thought it had "has" as well :P

E is the right one.
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After the 2010 census, Texas, the second most populous state, has 38 electoral votes, 17 votes less than that of California.
(A) has 38 electoral votes, 17 votes less than that of California -- Not correct
(B) has 38 electoral votes, 17 votes less than California-- Not correct
(C) with 38 electoral votes, 17 votes less than California-- Not correct
(D) with 38 electoral votes, 17 votes fewer than that of California--that of California is redundant
(E) has 38 electoral votes, 17 votes fewer than California- California (has)-- Correct

A, B n C -- less than used when noun is non-countable and fewer is used when noun is countable
E- seems more correct
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Re: After the 2010 census, Texas, the second most populous [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2013, 13:07
Eliminate A,B,C because an adjective "less" is used for countable noun "Votes".
Eliminate D because "the second most populous state" works as additive to Texas. Texas with 38 electoral votes.Seem inappropriate

So answer is E with correct sound Texas has 38 electoral votes.
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After the 2010 census, Texas, the second most populous [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2015, 10:44
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After the 2010 census, Texas, the second most populous state, has 38 electoral votes, 17 votes less than that of California.
(A) has 38 electoral votes, 17 votes less than that of California
(B) has 38 electoral votes, 17 votes less than California
(C) with 38 electoral votes, 17 votes less than California
(D) with 38 electoral votes, 17 votes fewer than that of California
(E) has 38 electoral votes, 17 votes fewer than California


vote is a countable entity. Hence 'less' is incorrect, 'few' is correct. That leaves us with option (D) and (E).
In (D),'that' is referring to votes. The construction '17 votes fewer than votes of California' is very awkward and does not convey that intended comparison as clearly as option (E). Also, (D) is missing the main verb

Hence (E) = Correct choice
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