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# Poor weather in early 14th-century Europe created meager

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Poor weather in early 14th-century Europe created meager harvests, causing the result of mass starvation in some areas and the elimination of as many as 15 percent of the population.

a. causing the result of mass starvation in some areas and the elimination as many as
b. causing the result of mass starvation in some areas and eliminating as much as
c. resulting in mass starvation in some areas and the elimination of as much as
d. and resulted in mass starvation in some areas and the elimination of as many as
e. causing mass starvation in some areas and the elimination of as many as

I keep getting mixed between count nouns and non-count nouns.
Anyone can help me with a trick or a role-of-thumb to crack the issue.??
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used my answer as the OA. It is now the correct one, for anyone who wishes for further explanation why the OA is correct, you can take a look at the answer in the MGMAT fourm: http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/poor-weather-in-early-14th-century-europe-created-t3006.html.
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15 Sep 2010, 07:23
a. causing the result of mass starvation in some areas and the elimination as many as
b. causing the result of mass starvation in some areas and eliminating as much as

Causing the result is wrong. So we can eliminate A & B.

c. resulting in mass starvation in some areas and the elimination of as much as

Use of 'As much as' is incorrect. People are a countable noun so we should use as many as.

That leaves us with D and E.

d. and resulted in mass starvation in some areas and the elimination of as many as

I had chosen D at first. But use of ',and' is incorrect.

e. causing mass starvation in some areas and the elimination of as many as

This is the best choice. 'Poor weather...created meagre harvests...causing.....'.

So E is the correct answer.
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15 Sep 2010, 07:28
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I keep getting mixed between count nouns and non-count nouns.
Anyone can help me with a trick or a role-of-thumb to crack the issue.??

Just use the noun in a sentence.
I can see 10 people over there. --Countable
I can see 10 water over there--Not countable.
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15 Sep 2010, 07:30
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well, can't you say 10 populations? is it considered wrong? when I typed populations into a spell checker it looked OK
Example: Many of the world's populations suffer from poor conditions
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17 Sep 2010, 09:06
I would say C. As much as is correct.. What is OA?

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17 Sep 2010, 13:39
I would say C too. Same reason as above, "populations" isn't commonly used. Much of Ztown's aging population suffers from chronic arthritis.
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17 Sep 2010, 15:24
this is weird... C sounded right to me... how come OA is E?
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17 Sep 2010, 15:40
C it is.

Population is uncountable, people is countable. Again, weird OA.
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18 Sep 2010, 01:28
hmm, population is uncountable, hence should be C..
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18 Sep 2010, 01:34
For % it should be 'as much as', but if it had been 700 people then we would have used 'as many as'.

Moreover resulting is better than causing. The phrase before comma actually resulted in something, it has not caused.

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18 Sep 2010, 01:39
rafi wrote:
Poor weather in early 14th-century Europe created meager harvests, causing the result of mass starvation in some areas and the elimination of as many as 15 percent of the population.

a. causing the result of mass starvation in some areas and the elimination as many as
b. causing the result of mass starvation in some areas and eliminating as much as
c. resulting in mass starvation in some areas and the elimination of as much as
d. and resulted in mass starvation in some areas and the elimination of as many as
e. causing mass starvation in some areas and the elimination of as many as

I keep getting mixed between count nouns and non-count nouns.
Anyone can help me with a trick or a role-of-thumb to crack the issue.??
Thanks

C - "resulting in mass starvation in some areas and the elimination of as much as".
Correct parallelism (underlined) and "elimination of as much as" is the correct idiom.
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18 Sep 2010, 01:46
as many as is wrongly used here. OA is definitely wrong.
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12 Oct 2010, 17:23
Agree C. Did not scroll down far enough to see more people agree wasting 10 mins on figuring out E
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Anyone confused with this question see my edit notes on the question post.
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15 Oct 2010, 11:50
rafi wrote:
Poor weather in early 14th-century Europe created meager harvests, causing the result of mass starvation in some areas and the elimination of as many as 15 percent of the population.

a. causing the result of mass starvation in some areas and the elimination as many as
b. causing the result of mass starvation in some areas and eliminating as much as
c. resulting in mass starvation in some areas and the elimination of as much as
d. and resulted in mass starvation in some areas and the elimination of as many as
e. causing mass starvation in some areas and the elimination of as many as

I keep getting mixed between count nouns and non-count nouns.
Anyone can help me with a trick or a role-of-thumb to crack the issue.??
Thanks

Edit: I am very sorry but when I first posted this question I probably was caught up with the idea that my answer was right so I
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A, B and D are out. Between C and E, it boils down to the use of correct idiom, which in this case should be "as much as" rather than "as many as".
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15 Oct 2010, 12:47
Easy C,
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03 Jan 2011, 13:19
rafi wrote:
Anyone confused with this question see my edit notes on the question post.

Can you pls explain what is the difference in meaning of E/C.
I think both are correct.
(Resulting/Causing implies the same)
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04 Jan 2011, 01:21
gurpreetsingh wrote:
For % it should be 'as much as', but if it had been 700 people then we would have used 'as many as'.

Moreover resulting is better than causing. The phrase before comma actually resulted in something, it has not caused.

That is the right explanaton. For % we should use "as much as" and not "as many as"
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04 Jan 2011, 14:40
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gurpreetsingh wrote:
For % it should be 'as much as', but if it had been 700 people then we would have used 'as many as'.

Moreover resulting is better than causing. The phrase before comma actually resulted in something, it has not caused.

That is the right explanaton. For % we should use "as much as" and not "as many as"

Yeah now I got it....
We shd use "much" for % and "many" for number.
Thats for clarifying my doubt...
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04 Jan 2011, 19:49
The discussion above about "population" is an interesting one. Consider the following:

"The population of Mexico is about 90 million." --> Here, "population" is singular.
"The populations of North and South Dakota are roughly equal." --> Here, "populations" is plural because you're referring to two separate populations.

In this case, we're referring to a single population - that of 14th century Europe.

Does that help for those of you wondering about the plural / singular population issue?
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