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# The library at the state college could have much less books and still

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06 Jul 2017, 05:30
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The library at the state college could have much less books and still is above the minimum number required by state educational standards.

(A) much less books and still is above the minimum number

(B) many fewer books and still be above the minimum number

(C) many less books and still be above the minimum amount

(D) much fewer books and still is above the minimum number

(E) many fewer books and still above the minimum amount

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06 Jul 2017, 05:57
B is the correct answer as books is a countable noun.

And that’s why A,C,D are out.
E - it’s missing the verb ‘be’. Out.

Sole Survivor is B.

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06 Jul 2017, 06:20
Imo B
The books are countable nouns so we have use many fewer books .
The original sentence talks about the state of the college library so we have to use be .
If we omit the part regarding books the sentence would read as
The library at the state colleges still is above the minimum number required by state educational standards.
Still is does not make sense here it should be "be" .
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23 Jul 2019, 17:37
Why much has converted to many in the answer ?
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24 Jul 2019, 13:11
Harsh2111s wrote:
Why much has converted to many in the answer ?

Hi,
We need to look for an answer that corrects the error of countable and uncountable noun.
Since, books are countable we choose to replace much with many and reject all the options with much.
Hope its clear.
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