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17 Jan 2021 — Not only

 

How would you improve the readability of this sentence?

 

Woman receiving vaccination

"Not only does each vaccination mean one less person is in danger; it also means one person less likely to transmit the coronavirus to someone else." — source

 

Read all the options.
 

1.

Not only does each vaccination mean one less person is in danger; it also means one person less likely to transmit the coronavirus to someone else.

2.

Not only does each vaccination mean one less person is in danger; it also means one less person likely to transmit the coronavirus to someone else.

3.

Not only does each vaccination mean one less person is in danger; it also means one less person less likely to transmit the coronavirus to someone else.

4.

Not only does each vaccination mean [that] one less person is in danger; [but] it also means [that] one less person is likely to transmit the coronavirus to someone else.

 

GLOSSARY

  • fewer (Adj) – Fewer is the comparative form of few, and it is used before a count noun to indicate a decreased number of items
  • less (Adj) –  Less is the comparative form of little, and it is used before a noncount noun to indicate a decreased amount of something.
  • one less person / one person less (indefinite quantity) Both forms occur: "one less person" and "one person less" without a difference in meaning (unless the position causes confusion in context.)
  • not only…but also is an expression that coordinates a pair of like words, phrases or clauses. See Not only…but also… .
  • readability (N) – the ease with which someone can read a passage of text. Does it slow down the reader or require a second reading?
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  • SOURCE
  • "Speed Up Vaccinations and Reduce the Red Tape." By Zeynep Tufekci. NYTimes, 15 Jan. 2021. nytimes.com/2021/01/15/opinion/coronavirus-vaccine.html. Accessed on 17 Jan 2021.

 

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