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# The recent surge in the number of airplane flights has

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The recent surge in the number of airplane flights has clogged the nationâ€™s air-traffic control system, to lead to 55 percent more delays at airports, and prompts fears among some officials that safety is being compromised.
(A) to lead to 55 percent more delays at airports, and prompts
(B) leading to 55 percent more delay at airports and prompting
(C) to lead to a 55 percent increase in delay at airports and prompt
(D) to lead to an increase of 55 percent in delays at airports, and prompted
(E) leading to a 55-percent increase in delays at airports and prompting

why is E better than B just the fact that it uses delay as opposed to delays ?

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05 Aug 2006, 19:22
prude_sb wrote:
The recent surge in the number of airplane flights has clogged the nationâ€™s air-traffic control system, to lead to 55 percent more delays at airports, and prompts fears among some officials that safety is being compromised.
(A) to lead to 55 percent more delays at airports, and prompts
(B) leading to 55 percent more delay at airports and prompting
(C) to lead to a 55 percent increase in delay at airports and prompt
(D) to lead to an increase of 55 percent in delays at airports, and prompted
(E) leading to a 55-percent increase in delays at airports and prompting

why is E better than B just the fact that it uses delay as opposed to delays ?

55 percent more delay is absurd as it doesnt compare to anything,
also since its numeric(55%) and countable dont use more
more is used with noncountable things..ex:more violence
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05 Aug 2006, 19:27
prude_sb wrote:

why is E better than B just the fact that it uses delay as opposed to delays ?

more...than...
a/an increase in.... Are idiomatic

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06 Aug 2006, 06:49
yes dahiya will keep it in mind for my future posts
06 Aug 2006, 06:49
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