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Amount vs. Number. I know that amount is used when you cannot count, and number is used when you can. In this case, how do we know whether we can count stimuli? Sorry if this is a dumb dumb question!

The brain is something of a stimulus reduction system, a means to reduce, in order to comprehend, the nearly infinite amount of stimuli that reach the senses at any given moment.

(A) a means to reduce, in order to comprehend, the nearly infinite amount
(B) a means to reduce, in order to comprehend, the nearly infinite number
(C) the means of reducing for comprehending the nearly infinite number
(D) the means that reduces, in order to comprehend, the nearly infinite amount
(E) the means for reducing in order to comprehend the nearly infinite amount
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It's B right? I attacked it from the other end. guess stimuli is countable.
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GMATT73, between A and B, how did you determine that stimuli is countable? Or is this just common knowledge?

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It's B right? I attacked it from the other end. guess stimuli is countable.

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Stimuli can be broken down, categorized, labeled, and archived = countable.
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2005, 02:16
yes, stimulus is in fact a countable noun.

what got me thinking about amount was the word infinite but is should be
number of stimuli
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