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only "killed" in "E" with out the auxillary "have been" does not convey the time period .
simply "killed" tells the action was in past , but the sentence requires a present perfect tense.
Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark, the man-eater of the movies, fewer than the ones killed by bee stings (in the last ten years/ in the last two centuries----- )
there can be various past time references by the use of only "killed".
"B" whereas with the auxillary "have been" cleary tells that the action is continuing from the start of this century to present date. (present perfect).
Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark, the man-eater of the moviesâ€”less than those killed by bee stings.
A. moviesâ€”less than those B. moviesâ€”fewer than have been C. movies, which is less than those D. movies, a number lower than the people E. movies, fewer than the ones
Hello, I've reviewed the previous discussion. But, I'm still confused between B and E.
any good explantaion?
When a writer decides to set off a modifying phrase such as " the man-eater of the movies, he or she must do so with hyphens on either side of the phrase. In other words, the phrase must read," ...the great white shark--the man-eater of the movies--fewer...
This is not an option so you have to move on to C,D, and E. You can eliminate less in C because people are countable, leaving you with D, and E. D is terrible and wordy. There is no need to remind the reader that this is a number, and that it is lower. It should be instead, fewer, and the correct answer is, therefore, E.