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As a result of the continuing decline in the birth rate, less people

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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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New post 11 Jan 2019, 04:19
Two point elimination


People can be Fewer not less so A , b Out

Comparison 1980 than previous so than needed

Answer is E
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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( people can be counted so fewer is correct)

(B) less people will be entering the labor force in the 1980’s as( same as in A)

(C) fewer people will enter the labor force in the 1980’s as( fewer than is correct)

(D) fewer people will be entering the labor force in the 1980’s as( same as in C)

(E) fewer people will enter the labor force in the 1980’s than( Correct)

Will go with choice E.

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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.

Main comparison among people who will enter the labor force in 1980's, 1960's and 1970's.
Underlined portions starts with "less" people - we know that - people - countable noun, hence need "fewer". Eliminate (A) and (B).
Also we need correct constraction for comparison "fewer...than", so eliminate (C) and (D).
If we delve little bit deeper, "will be entering" in (B) and (D) - future continious tense - we need some point of time in the future to refer, so is incorrect.

(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

E is the answer
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New post 15 Jan 2019, 01:28
Since people are "countable", fewer is the correct usage. A, B eliminated.
Use of "as" is incorrect because we are comparing. C, D also eliminated.
E is correct, "than" is required.
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