C looks fine to me.
had no whatsoever is the correct construction
Local reporters investigating the labor dispute reported that only half of the workers in the plant were covered by the union health plan; at least as much as a hundred and more others had not any health insurance whatsoever
b) at least as much as more than a hundred others had no
c) more than a hundred others had no
d) much more than a hundred others had no
e) more than a hundred others did not have
well---- c or e is the answer.... but which one and why?
I dont agree that whatsoever is the decider between C and E.
(referring to check.stones reply)
Infact I dont find any reason why 'at all'(assumed meaning of what so ever in this case) would have any effect on the 'Did not have' and 'had no' words.
My explanation for the above question would be :
Answer is C .
In this question we have 2 things that happened in the past.
1.X(reporters) reported something..
2. Y did not have / had no health insurance.
Now clearly we can say that stmnt 2 above happened first in the past and as a result stmnt 1 happened in the past.
So Stmnt 2 should be past perfect when Stmnt 1 is simple past.
Hence 'had no' which is past perfect is chosen over 'did not have' which is simple past.
Hope this helps....What say ..any commments????
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