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Like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and resources dedicated to the endeavor.

(a) Like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and
(b) Just like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and
(c) Like other performance indicators are, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and number of
(d) As other performance indicators are, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and
(e) As other performance indicators are, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and number of



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While “like” correctly compares the two nouns “indicators” and “growth rate,” “amount of” incorrectly modifies the countable noun “resources.” “Amount of” is applied to both components of the compound noun: “amount of time and (amount of) resources.”

“Amount of” can be used to modify uncountable nouns, such as “time,” but not countable nouns, such as “resources.” “Number of” should be used to modify countable nouns.

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) “Amount of” incorrectly modifies the countable noun “resources.” “Amount of” is applied to both components of the compound noun: “amount of time and (amount of) resources.” “Amount of” can be used to modify uncountable nouns, such as “time,” but not countable nouns, such as “resources.” “Number of” should be used to modify countable nouns. Further, “just like” is unnecessarily wordy. The more concise “like” is preferred.

(C) While “number of” correctly modifies the countable noun “resources,” “like” incorrectly compares two verb phrases: “like other…indicators are, the growth rate…is.” “Like” can be used to compare nouns, but not verb phrases. “As” should be used to compare verb phrases.

(D) “As” is correctly used to compare two verb phrases: "as other...indicators are, the growth rate...is." However, “amount of” incorrectly modifies the countable noun “resources.” “Amount of” is applied to both components of the compound noun: “amount of time and (amount of) resources.” “Amount of” can be used to modify uncountable nouns, such as “time,” but not countable nouns, such as “resources.”
“Number of” should be used to modify countable nouns.

(E) CORRECT. “As” correctly compares two verb phrases: “as other…indicators are, the growth rate…is.” Further, “number of” correctly modifies the countable noun “resources.”
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Like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and resources dedicated to the endeavor.

(a) Like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and
(b) Just like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and
(c) Like other performance indicators are, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and number of
(d) As other performance indicators are, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and
(e) As other performance indicators are, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and number of

WE can eliminate A,B,D as the amount can not modify resources. its a count noun and we need to have number of.
between C and E.
Like is used to compare nouns and As is used to compare sentences/ clauses. So eliminate C

E is correct!
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Re: Like other performance indicators [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2012, 03:03
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The best test for whether a noun is countable:

one resource
two resources
three resources

Does this make sense? Yes. So it's countable.

Contrast this with time:
one time
two times
three times

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Only C and E are left at this point. C goes away because Like cannot precede a clause!
E is the winner

However, in the absence of "are" C could very well be correct and probably better than E
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Re: Like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a [#permalink] New post 19 May 2014, 16:32
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Like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and resources dedicated to the endeavor.

(a) Like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and
(b) Just like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and
(c) Like other performance indicators are, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and number of
(d) As other performance indicators are, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and
(e) As other performance indicators are, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and number of



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While “like” correctly compares the two nouns “indicators” and “growth rate,” “amount of” incorrectly modifies the countable noun “resources.” “Amount of” is applied to both components of the compound noun: “amount of time and (amount of) resources.”

“Amount of” can be used to modify uncountable nouns, such as “time,” but not countable nouns, such as “resources.” “Number of” should be used to modify countable nouns.

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) “Amount of” incorrectly modifies the countable noun “resources.” “Amount of” is applied to both components of the compound noun: “amount of time and (amount of) resources.” “Amount of” can be used to modify uncountable nouns, such as “time,” but not countable nouns, such as “resources.” “Number of” should be used to modify countable nouns. Further, “just like” is unnecessarily wordy. The more concise “like” is preferred.

(C) While “number of” correctly modifies the countable noun “resources,” “like” incorrectly compares two verb phrases: “like other…indicators are, the growth rate…is.” “Like” can be used to compare nouns, but not verb phrases. “As” should be used to compare verb phrases.

(D) “As” is correctly used to compare two verb phrases: "as other...indicators are, the growth rate...is." However, “amount of” incorrectly modifies the countable noun “resources.” “Amount of” is applied to both components of the compound noun: “amount of time and (amount of) resources.” “Amount of” can be used to modify uncountable nouns, such as “time,” but not countable nouns, such as “resources.”
“Number of” should be used to modify countable nouns.

(E) CORRECT. “As” correctly compares two verb phrases: “as other…indicators are, the growth rate…is.” Further, “number of” correctly modifies the countable noun “resources.”


Number of resources? Doesn't this change the meaning?
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kingb wrote:
Like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and resources dedicated to the endeavor.

(a) Like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and
(b) Just like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and
(c) Like other performance indicators are, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and number of
(d) As other performance indicators are, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and
(e) As other performance indicators are, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and number of



[Reveal] Spoiler:
While “like” correctly compares the two nouns “indicators” and “growth rate,” “amount of” incorrectly modifies the countable noun “resources.” “Amount of” is applied to both components of the compound noun: “amount of time and (amount of) resources.”

“Amount of” can be used to modify uncountable nouns, such as “time,” but not countable nouns, such as “resources.” “Number of” should be used to modify countable nouns.

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) “Amount of” incorrectly modifies the countable noun “resources.” “Amount of” is applied to both components of the compound noun: “amount of time and (amount of) resources.” “Amount of” can be used to modify uncountable nouns, such as “time,” but not countable nouns, such as “resources.” “Number of” should be used to modify countable nouns. Further, “just like” is unnecessarily wordy. The more concise “like” is preferred.

(C) While “number of” correctly modifies the countable noun “resources,” “like” incorrectly compares two verb phrases: “like other…indicators are, the growth rate…is.” “Like” can be used to compare nouns, but not verb phrases. “As” should be used to compare verb phrases.

(D) “As” is correctly used to compare two verb phrases: "as other...indicators are, the growth rate...is." However, “amount of” incorrectly modifies the countable noun “resources.” “Amount of” is applied to both components of the compound noun: “amount of time and (amount of) resources.” “Amount of” can be used to modify uncountable nouns, such as “time,” but not countable nouns, such as “resources.”
“Number of” should be used to modify countable nouns.

(E) CORRECT. “As” correctly compares two verb phrases: “as other…indicators are, the growth rate…is.” Further, “number of” correctly modifies the countable noun “resources.”


Number of resources? Doesn't this change the meaning?
Say what?

Cheers
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Hi jlgdr,

The phrase ‘number of’ does not change the meaning of the sentence, instead it corrects an error that is present in the original sentence.

• Like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of
o time
o and resources
• dedicated to the endeavor.

This is the structure of the sentence. The word ‘and’ creates a parallel list of two items ‘time’ and ‘resources’. So, the phrase ‘the amount of’ is applicable to both the items.

- the amount of time
- and the amount of resources

Now, ‘time’ is uncountable noun so it’s correct to say ‘amount of time’, but ‘resources’ is a countable noun, hence it’s incorrect to say ‘amount of resources’.
That’s why it is changed to ‘the amount of time and the number of resources’ in the correct option.


Hope this helps! :)
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There are two concepts being tested here : 1) Like Vs As 2) Countable nouns

Since 'Like' can only be used to compare nouns or pronouns and 'As' can be used to compare phrases or clauses, this sentence would need 'As'. So that leaves us with options D and E.

Within D and E we see that the difference lies in the last part of the sentence where they are using different modifiers for time and resources. Since option E uses the correct modifier for each : 'amount' for time and 'Number' for resources it is the correct option. Note: Amount cannot be used for Resources because it is a countable noun.

Hence , answer is E.

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