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# During the Civil war, nearly three times

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During the Civil war, nearly three times as many Americans lost their lives from infections that could have been prevented with antiseptic techniques than were killed on the battlefield

A. than
B. than those who
C. than the number who
D. as the number who
E. as
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Comparison As....as..... ==> A, B, C are out immediately because of "than".
D is wrong because "who" can't modify "the number" that is the NUMBER. In addition, the number is singular, but the non-underlined part uses "were". Can't use "the number" here.
Only E is correct.

During the Civil war, nearly three times as many Americans lost their lives from infections that could have been prevented with antiseptic techniques than were killed on the battlefield

A. than --> wrong.
B. than those who --> wrong
C. than the number who --> wrong.
D. as the number who --> wrong.
E. as--> correct.

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During the Civil war, nearly three times as many Americans lost their lives from infections that could have been prevented with antiseptic techniques than were killed on the battlefield

A. than
B. than those who
C. than the number who
D. as the number who
E. as

The correct marker is "As many X as Y" instead of "As many than" wherein both X & Y must be grammatically & logically parallel. Thus A, B & C can be easily discarded.
As many X (Americans lost their lives)
as Y (Americans were killed)
or
as Y (were killed)

Thus option E is correct.

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