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Because sales dropped in the wake of the sub-prime mortgage crisis, in 2009 Vendiflex Corporation slashed its workforce to 2,500, almost 80% fewer than that of 2008.

A. almost 80% fewer than that of 2008 B. almost 80% fewer than 2008 C. almost 80% less than 2008 D. almost 80% less than the 2008 workforce E. almost 80% less than that of the 2008 workforce

Good question exemplifying comparison concept usage. Hope you like this one

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Whenever you are comparing countable items, such as number of people, you use terms, such as 'fewer'. But when you are comparing percentages of items then you use terms,such as 'less'.

Here are some links from Manhattan that will help you understand better. Some explanations are given by Stacey and the great ,Ron.

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Hi Mike,

Can you please shed some light on this concept of few/less in cases where countable nouns are grouped.

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Because sales dropped in the wake of the sub-prime mortgage crisis, in 2009 Vendiflex Corporation slashed its workforce to 2,500, almost 80% fewer than that of 2008.

A. almost 80% fewer than that of 2008 B. almost 80% fewer than 2008 C. almost 80% less than 2008 D. almost 80% less than the 2008 workforce E. almost 80% less than that of the 2008 workforce

Good question exemplifying comparison concept usage. Hope you like this one

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Because sales dropped in the wake of the sub-prime mortgage crisis, in 2009 Vendiflex Corporation slashed its workforce to 2,500, almost 80% fewer than that of 2008.

A. almost 80% fewer than that of 2008 -------- workforce is uncountable , we can count employee eg : 1 employee , 2 employee but, we can't say 1 workforce , 2 workforce . B. almost 80% fewer than 2008 ------- same as A . Also, fewer than 2008 ( what of 2008 ) wrong comparison C. almost 80% less than 2008 ------- Less than 2008 ( what of 2008 ) wrong comparison D. almost 80% less than the 2008 workforce E. almost 80% less than that of the 2008 workforce

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mba1382 wrote:

Because sales dropped in the wake of the sub-prime mortgage crisis, in 2009 Vendiflex Corporation slashed its workforce to 2,500, almost 80% fewer than that of 2008.

A. almost 80% fewer than that of 2008 B. almost 80% fewer than 2008 C. almost 80% less than 2008 D. almost 80% less than the 2008 workforce E. almost 80% less than that of the 2008 workforce

Good question exemplifying comparison concept usage. Hope you like this one

Split here is -

1. Less Vs Fewer - Less is preferred here 2. Correct Comparison - Less than is the correct comparison

That of in (E) is incorrect because that has no clear referent... Hence correct answer is (D) _________________

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