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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
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C- resulting in mass starvation in some areas and the elimination of as much as
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First split is that the '15 percent' refers to a quantum of a singular and collective noun 'population' and so 15 percent can’t be expressed by ‘as many as’. It has to be ‘as much as.’ Eliminate A, D and E. In B, ‘causing the result’ is redundant and awkward.
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15 percent requires as much as.
And Causing the result is awkward.
Similar description is required. as resulting and elimination both are noun.
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it's clear that population is non-countable , so we need much but,
were it 15 percent of people would you use much or many ?
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Yup its C alright. I thought that we should probably use 'as much as' for a quantifier word such as population. My bad... I wrongly answered E. Thanks everyone!
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