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# As a result of the Black Death, the plague that afflicted

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As a result of the Black Death, the plague that afflicted Europe in 1348-49, as many as half the population died and less than half the workforce remained in certain cities.

a- as many as half the population died and less than half the work force remained

b- as much as half the population died and fewer than half the work force remained

c- as many as half the people died and less than that remained in the work force

d- as much as half the population died and less than half the work force remained

e- as many as half the population and less than half the work force died or remained
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31 Aug 2006, 08:21
ps_dahiya wrote:
sumitsarkar82 wrote:
ffgmat wrote:
D.

population and workforce is uncountable.

Why not C...

I go with D

I think its changing the meaning.

"half" refers to a volume so it is uncountable.

much...less...

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SC --> countable x uncountable [#permalink]

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31 Aug 2006, 08:21
ffgmat wrote:
D.

population and workforce is uncountable.

Yup D for the same reason

much and less should be used for uncountable
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31 Aug 2006, 13:43
D but late for the same reason.

half is not countable so much instead of many and less instead of fewer
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31 Aug 2006, 22:07
sumitsarkar82 wrote:
ffgmat wrote:
D.

population and workforce is uncountable.

Why not C...

Agree with D.

C says : less than half the people remained.
The original meaning is : less than half the workforce remained.
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01 Sep 2006, 03:06
sumitsarkar82 wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:

"half" refers to a volume so it is uncountable.

Where did you get this MATT ?

Ellipsis idiom buried in the sentence:

....as much as half of the population...
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01 Sep 2006, 03:09
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sumitsarkar82 wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
"half" refers to a volume so it is uncountable.

Where did you get this MATT ?

Ellipsis idiom buried in the sentence:
....as much as half of the population...

I still don't get it... you said half is uncountable... Hows that ?
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01 Sep 2006, 03:11
sumitsarkar82 wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
sumitsarkar82 wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
"half" refers to a volume so it is uncountable.

Where did you get this MATT ?

Ellipsis idiom buried in the sentence:
....as much as half of the population...

I still don't get it... you said half is uncountable... Hows that ?

Which is correct?

There is much water in the glass.

<or>

There is many water in the glass.

Much is uncountable. Many is countable.
01 Sep 2006, 03:11
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