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People can be counted, so A and C are out.
D is out because it compares numbers to people - not parallel
Between B and E, I choose E because to me, although B keeps the parallel structure of present perfect "have been," it does not have a referent. E solves this issue by using "the ones" (people).
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We can't use less for the countable nouns. So A, and C are out. 'D' uses lower which is not correct either.
Now the choices left out are 'B' and 'E'.
B wins over E because of B is the parallel as far as tenses are concerned.
Only seven people this century have been killed by the great white shark, the man-eater of the moviesâ€”fewer than have been killed by bee stings.
Now the issue with B is - the dash is used instead of comma. Yes comma would have a better choice. So we have to trade off between use of parallelism and use of comma. IMO the parallelism wins.
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 awkward B. moviesâ€”fewer than have beenfewer is wrong for numbers C. movies, which is less than those:which refers to movies and hence wrong modifier D. movies, a number lower than the people
E. movies, fewer than the ones: fewer is wrong for numbers
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