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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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Re: Like other performance indicators [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2012, 02:41
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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