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In 1980, lack of precipitation reduced Costa Rica's coffee production

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In 1980, lack of precipitation reduced Costa Rica's coffee production to about 20 million tons, nearly 20 percent less than those of the 1979 harvest.

a. less than those of the 1979 harvest.

b. less than the 1979 harvest.

c. less than 1979 .

d. fewer than 1979 .

e. fewer than that of the 1979 harvest.



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OA edited. Thank you for pointing out.
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In 1980, lack of precipitation reduced Costa Rica's coffee production to about 20 million tons, nearly 20 percent less than those of the 1979 harvest.


a. less than those of the 1979 harvest.- pronoun "those" doesn't refer to anything.

b. less than the 1979 harvest.- correct choice.it suggests that the 20 million tonnes is 20 percent less than harvest of 1979.

c. less than 1979 .- wrong comparison.Here it suggests 20 million is 20 percent less than the year 1979 itself.

d. fewer than 1979 .-same as c.Use of "fewer" wrong.

e. fewer than that of the 1979 harvest- same as that of d. Also presence of that presents the following meaning ambiguity.That can refer to only coffee production if we substitute it in the sentence it will look as "fewer than coffee production of the 1979 harvest" which is awkward.

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Is the HARVEST compared here? Or the production?

I am guessing harvest.

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Is the HARVEST compared here? Or the production?

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production of 1980 is compared to production of 1979( read 1979 harvest).

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So in that case explanation given by shuvodip04 for option E, if we ignore the fewer part, seems wrong. Coz it is coffee production that is compared. Right?



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production of 1980 is compared to production of 1979( read 1979 harvest).

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As per option e:-

-fewer than that of the 1979 harvest

The issue I thought is the use of that . The pronoun that refers to the noun production.

If we replace that with the word production-

fewer than production of the 1979 harvest.

here the presence phrase "production of the 1979" makes the meaning clear and concise without the use of the word harvest. That was my thinking. Because it sounded awkward to me. (might be wrong)

The comparison is between the production of the two years.

2) Also use of "fewer" with production is incorrect since it is uncountable.

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So in that case explanation given by shuvodip04 for option E, if we ignore the fewer part, seems wrong. Coz it is coffee production that is compared. Right?



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btrg wrote:
Is the HARVEST compared here? Or the production?

I am guessing harvest.

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production of 1980 is compared to production of 1979( read 1979 harvest).

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So in that case explanation given by shuvodip04 for option E, if we ignore the fewer part, seems wrong. Coz it is coffee production that is compared. Right?



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btrg wrote:
Is the HARVEST compared here? Or the production?

I am guessing harvest.

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production of 1980 is compared to production of 1979( read 1979 harvest).

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I am not an expert to say someone's explanation is correct or wrong. With limited understanding and knowledge, I can only provide my reasoning.
Having said that, I don't think @shuvodip04's explanation is wrong.
What are 20 million tons? This is the 1980's Coffee production. These 20 Million tons are 20% less than the 1979 harvest.
Now if that of the 1979 harvest is used, then that refers to what? Logically 'that' should refer to production. So, the sentence becomes the production of 1979 harvest. this is awkward.

Please let me know if this helps.

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Is the HARVEST compared here? Or the production?

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btrg Percents are always interesting! Sometimes we use "fewer" with percentages. Sometimes we use "less". It all depends of the X that the percentage is defining. For example, we say:

Fewer than 15 percent of pigs still live in the wolf's house.
Less than 50 percent of the harvest is good.

Use "fewer" with countable percents; "less" with non-countables. In this case, since A, B and E both say "than the 1979 harvest." Here, the percent intends to describe harvest (which is not countable).

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