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However, at the same time the: Amount relates to a quantity of things that are measured in bulk. Number relates to things that can be counted individually
so this rules out choices C, D and E.
leaving me with B. However i am not very convinced with choice B also, because the idiom 'as many' is incorrect, the correct idion shoud be 'as many as' .
SO i am left with no choice...
Can some gurus (Paul, Anand, venksune) throw some more light on it...?
I would go with C. Unless there is a typo in other answer choices.
I agree with you on the usage of less & fewer. However amount can be used to indicate numbers. Please see the explanations from the dictionary
The total of two or more quantities; the aggregate.
A number; a sum.
A principal plus its interest, as in a loan.
The full effect or meaning; import.
Quantity: a great amount of intelligence.
intr.v. aÂ·mountÂ·ed, aÂ·mountÂ·ing, aÂ·mounts
To add up in number or quantity: The purchases amounted to 50 dollars.
To add up in import or effect: That plan will never amount to anything.
To be equivalent or tantamount: accusations that amount to an indictment.
I will go with â€˜Bâ€™
Since we are referring to countable nouns â€“ we would have to go with â€˜fewer thanâ€™, so we can eliminate â€˜Aâ€™, â€˜Dâ€™ & â€˜Eâ€™.
Between â€˜Bâ€™ & â€˜Câ€™, â€˜Câ€™ uses â€˜amountâ€™ which is used only for non-countable nouns whereas â€˜Bâ€™ correctly uses â€˜as manyâ€™.
On the whole I am not sure if â€˜Bâ€™ brings out the correct meaning of the sentence, but if this question is to test the usage of words used for countable/non-countable nouns â€˜Bâ€™ makes the most sense.