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# As a result of the continuing decline in the birth rate,

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122. As a result of the continuing decline in the birth rate, less people will enter the labor force in the 1980’s than did in the 1960’s and 1970’s, a twenty year period during which people born after the war swelled the ranks of workers.
(A) less people will enter the labor force in the 1980’s than
(B) less people will be entering the labor force in the 1980’s as
(C) fewer people will enter the labor force in the 1980’s as
(D) fewer people will be entering the labor force in the 1980’s as
(E) fewer people will enter the labor force in the 1980’s than

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Yes, Even I found the did rather distracting .If it is "Then", the "Did" makes no sense there..
the did makes me choose an answer with "as" because "as did" fits better.

Another issue I have with this question that no one else seems to have is why is people countable....whenever i have a doubt if the subject is countable or not, I try checking if it makes sense if i put numbers in front of that word

for eg:- i tried
1 people
2 people
3 people
this made me feel that people is not countable...
i then thought maybe people is the plural for person, but dispelled that as i was sure i had read "n persons" somewhere

This had me rather upset, because this was one of the few rules that i could fall back on safely. Luckily, I found the answer to this conundrum ...
Person is one of the few words with 2 plurals both people and persons although, persons is usually used in legal jargon.

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18 Feb 2008, 21:16
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122. As a result of the continuing decline in the birth rate, less people will enter the labor force in the 1980’s than did in the 1960’s and 1970’s, a twenty year period during which people born after the war swelled the ranks of workers.
(A) less people will enter the labor force in the 1980’s than (Use fewer for the countable nouns, instead of using less)
(B) less people will be entering the labor force in the 1980’s as (Use fewer for the countable nouns, instead of using less)
(C) fewer people will enter the labor force in the 1980’s as (correct usage of fewer, but just like continuing, it should be "entering")
(D) fewer people will be entering the labor force in the 1980’s as (correct usage of fewer and "entering")
(E) fewer people will enter the labor force in the 1980’s than (correct usage of fewer, but just like continuing, it should be "entering")

Is something something missing here? Iam not able to agree with the OA. Please explain your ansers.

Should be D as per the explanation above.

Whats the OA ?
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18 Feb 2008, 22:47
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decline is continuing so you need comparison (fewer people will enter in 1980s...than...)

fewer needed for people
than needed for comparison
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19 Feb 2008, 06:55
What about the Future continuous? We have 'continuing' so should be 'will be entering'.
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19 Feb 2008, 17:44
As a result of the continuing decline in the birth rate, less people will enter the labor force in the 1980’s than did in the 1960’s and 1970’s, a twenty year period during which people born after the war swelled the ranks of workers.
(A) less people will enter the labor force in the 1980’s than
(B) less people will be entering the labor force in the 1980’s as
(C) fewer people will enter the labor force in the 1980’s as
(D) fewer people will be entering the labor force in the 1980’s as
(E) fewer people will enter the labor force in the 1980’s than

The OA is E.

My logic is :
Since people are "countable", fewer is the correct usage. A,B eliminated.
fewer people will enter the labor force in X than in Y

What I dont understand is the "did" part in E. Is "did"required in answer choice E?
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06 Oct 2010, 11:10
goalsnr wrote:
As a result of the continuing decline in the birth rate, less people will enter the labor force in the 1980’s than did in the 1960’s and 1970’s, a twenty year period during which people born after the war swelled the ranks of workers.
(A) less people will enter the labor force in the 1980’s than
(B) less people will be entering the labor force in the 1980’s as
(C) fewer people will enter the labor force in the 1980’s as
(D) fewer people will be entering the labor force in the 1980’s as
(E) fewer people will enter the labor force in the 1980’s than

The OA is E.

My logic is :
Since people are "countable", fewer is the correct usage. A,B eliminated.
fewer people will enter the labor force in X than in Y

What I dont understand is the "did" part in E. Is "did"required in answer choice E?

Let me try to address why did in the sentence ?

We are talking about two situations ..... the one in the past ( in 60 and 70s ) and the upcoming situation ( situation in 80s) , so when we are talking about situation of past .. we have to use did, it looks somewhat odd because the usage not usual.. its starting with did.. so may be our ears find it unusal , gramatically it's correct.

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