fallen <more slowly than> in the rest of the world <by less>

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zhang_bao_di

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chinese
Roads deaths have fallen more slowly in America than in the rest of the rich world-by less in percentage terms between 1972 and 2011 than in any of the other 25 countries studied in a paper in the American Journal of Public Health.

My problem is the by before less than,I don't know what factor by acts here,I think it should be
Roads deaths in American are less in in percentage terms between 1972 and 2011 than in any of the other 25 countries.
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  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    "By less in percentage terms" should mean "by a smaller percentage". Does that help?

    Your idea about what the phrase should mean sounds fine to me.
     
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