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During the gasoline shortage of the 1970's caused by the actions of the OPEC nations, the number of accidents on our highways decreased markedly


a) the number of accidents on our highways decreased markedly
b) the amount of accidents on our highways decreased markedly
c) there were less accidents on our highways
d) there were fewer amount of accidents on our highways
e) they found there were many fewer accidents on our highways
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2004, 19:45
A.

'amount' in B and D is wrong
E has pronoun referent issues. Who is 'they'

A quick note here to refute C:
The words 'increase' and 'decrease' are NOT the same as the words 'greater' and 'less'. 'Increase' and 'decrease' express the change of ONE thing over time. 'Greater' and 'less' singal a comparison between TWO things. Hence C is wrong.
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A should be the answer.

Accidents can be counted. So we should either have 'number' or 'fewer'.
'Amount' cannot be used.Less is again for uncountable items.'They' in E is ambiguous.
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you are right, A is the answer!

I selected B, but then I realized that it was countable, so there is my mistake.

I will have to pay more attention in the future!
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2004, 21:31
venksune wrote:
A.

'amount' in B and D is wrong
E has pronoun referent issues. Who is 'they'

A quick note here to refute C:
The words 'increase' and 'decrease' are NOT the same as the words 'greater' and 'less'. 'Increase' and 'decrease' express the change of ONE thing over time. 'Greater' and 'less' singal a comparison between TWO things. Hence C is wrong.


Gr8 insight venksune, thanks :)
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