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In the "dead-ball" era of 1900-1919, Major League Baseball hitters in both leagues hit an average total of 370 home runs each season, more than 60% percent less than those in the 1920s.

A) less than those in the 1920s
B) less than in the 1920s
C) less than the 1920s
D) fewer than the 1920s
E) fewer than that of the seasons in the 1920s
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Hi,

I thought "runs" are countable... so "fewer" should be used..

I found the same question and its explanation in this link:

fewer-vs-less-180587.html

I would like people to discuss it again here though. Nice one Harley.

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B I believe is the right answer.

Here meaning is very important. Consider this part 'MLB hitters hit an average of 370 home runs, more than 60% percent.....

It is the runs that are more or in other words, hitters hit more than 60% runs .....than (the runs scored) in the 1920s. C,D,E change the meaning and compare runs to years. A uses 'those' which is redundant. Hence, B.

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Hi,

I thought "runs" are countable... so "fewer" should be used..

I found the same question and its explanation in this link:

fewer-vs-less-180587.html

I would like people to discuss it again here though. Nice one Harley.

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Hello dominicraj
I too chose fewer but this word refers to average total not to runs, so fewer will be wrong and we need less
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Here ‘more than 60% less than’ refers to the average total and neither to the runs nor the hitters. Since ‘a total’ is taken as a quantum and singular, using ‘less than’ is acceptable. B is the choice.
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Hi,

Actually as per the link where Magoosh has discussed this in detail, they are focusing mainly on "an average".. ie. they are going into a little too technical aspect of countable vs uncountable and how the number being decimal or integer may make the difference. :)

Nevertheless, Is " total" not countable?.. IMO total shows that the number is "limited to". What is your opinion?

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Total is always a single number. You cannot have several totals for a given addition or subtraction; So it is non-countable
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egmat,

can you pls help to explain why option b is correct?

IMO, we are comparing 'the total of the runs in 1900-1919' to 'the total of the runs in 1920s' and thus, we need a pronoun here, such as that ?

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can you pls help to explain why option b is correct?

IMO, we are comparing 'the total of the runs in 1900-1919' to 'the total of the runs in 1920s' and thus, we need a pronoun here, such as that ?

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We have 1920's in the answer choice. Had the option be 1920, then we need that

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