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The average human life span is less than 40 years, except in areas where improvements in health care and preventive medicine have raised life expectancy to past the age of 70.

A) less than 40 years, except in areas where

B) fewer than 40 years, excepting in areas where

C) less than 40 years, excepting in areas in which

D) fewer than 40 years, except for those areas that

E) less than 40 years, excepting for those areas in which

Why B is not the correct one? OA is A. Could you please explain in detail.
1) The average human life span – countable?? Less VS. Fewer
2) Except for VS. Except in.??
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'Fewer' isn't always appropriate for countable nouns, especially when plural nouns such as 'years' are involved.

Examples -

The river is less than 3 miles away
The new car from company XYZ starts at less then \$34,000.

Furthermore, "excepting" is almost always incorrect usage. Both 'except in' and 'except for' are correct, but depending upon context. The life spans are being compared within specific areas - therefore 'in an area' is better than 'for an area'.

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The average human life span is less than 40 years, except in areas where improvements in health care and preventive medicine have raised life expectancy to past the age of 70.

A) less than 40 years, except in areas where

B) fewer than 40 years, excepting in areas where

C) less than 40 years, excepting in areas in which

D) fewer than 40 years, except for those areas that

E) less than 40 years, excepting for those areas in which

Why B is not the correct one? OA is A. Could you please explain in detail.
1) The average human life span – countable?? Less VS. Fewer
2) Except for VS. Except in.??
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21 Jan 2008, 20:28
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