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As a result of the Black Death, the plague that afflicted Europe in 1348-49, as many as half the population died and less than half the workforce remained in certain cities.

a- as many as half the population died and less than half the work force remained

b- as much as half the population died and fewer than half the work force remained

c- as many as half the people died and less than that remained in the work force

d- as much as half the population died and less than half the work force remained

e- as many as half the population and less than half the work force died or remained
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2006, 07:21
ps_dahiya wrote:
sumitsarkar82 wrote:
ffgmat wrote:
D.

population and workforce is uncountable.


Why not C...

I go with D

I think its changing the meaning.


"half" refers to a volume so it is uncountable.

much...less...

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SC --> countable x uncountable [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2006, 07:21
ffgmat wrote:
D.

population and workforce is uncountable.


Yup D for the same reason

much and less should be used for uncountable :-D
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2006, 12:43
D but late for the same reason.

half is not countable so much instead of many and less instead of fewer
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2006, 21:07
sumitsarkar82 wrote:
ffgmat wrote:
D.

population and workforce is uncountable.


Why not C...


Agree with D.

C says : less than half the people remained.
The original meaning is : less than half the workforce remained.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2006, 02:06
sumitsarkar82 wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:

"half" refers to a volume so it is uncountable.



Where did you get this MATT ?


Ellipsis idiom buried in the sentence:

....as much as half of the population...
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2006, 02:09
GMATT73 wrote:
sumitsarkar82 wrote:
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"half" refers to a volume so it is uncountable.

Where did you get this MATT ?

Ellipsis idiom buried in the sentence:
....as much as half of the population...


I still don't get it... you said half is uncountable... Hows that ?
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2006, 02:11
sumitsarkar82 wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
sumitsarkar82 wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
"half" refers to a volume so it is uncountable.

Where did you get this MATT ?

Ellipsis idiom buried in the sentence:
....as much as half of the population...


I still don't get it... you said half is uncountable... Hows that ?


Which is correct?

There is much water in the glass.

<or>

There is many water in the glass.

Much is uncountable. Many is countable.
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