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Question on Comparison and Singular/Plural Subject

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Hi all, Could anyone help me decide whether these questions are right or wrong?

The percentage of students enrolled in our program this year is twice as much as last year

Split 1: Much/many.

Should the correct answer be much or many? Since students are countable but percentage is not countable.

Split 2: Is last year correct?

I do understand "that of last year" is much better. But if that is not available will you pick "last year"? Concept says nouns can be omitted in second clause should the meaning is non-ambiguous, aka. instead of saying "twice as much as the percentage last year", last year is acceptable.
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New post 04 Apr 2019, 08:55
Hi dadihung

Split 1: Much/many
Collective nouns (e.g: percentage, proportion, company, team, class, ...) are singular if the individuals act as a group (which is in most cases),
However, they are treated as plural only if the individuals are acting individually (e.g: The jury are arguing among themselves)
so Much is our choice.

Split 2: Is last year correct?
I am not 100% sure of my answer for this, but I think the relative pronoun "that" should not be omitted.
The rule I know says that the relative pronoun can be only omitted if its noun is an object of the verb of the sentence.
(e.g: The city (that) he visited was wonderful) ---> the city is the object of the verb "visited"
in our example, "percentage" is the subject, so "that" shouldn't be omitted.

Please check this question, it is related to yours:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/exceeding-even-the-figures-predicted-by-the-most-optimistic-financial-53878.html
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