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# The commission acknowledged that no amount of money or staff

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The commission acknowledged that no amount of money or staff members can ensure the safety of people who live in the vicinity of a nuclear plant, but it approved the installation because it believed that all reasonable precautions had been taken.
(A) no amount of money or staff members
(B) neither vast amounts of money nor staff members
(C) neither vast amounts of money nor numbers of staff members
(D) neither vast amounts of money nor a large staff
(E) no matter how large the staff or how vast the amount of money

Can someone explain in detail?
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11 Jun 2009, 08:07
That was my take as well ... Choice A but the answers that I have doesnt say so....It doesnt have any explanations as well so its kind of difficult to guess why the answer isnt choice A.
Does someone have any other explanation for any other choice?
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11 Jun 2009, 09:05
i stear betwn A nd D.

i guess d ques implies 'no amount of money or staff members' (read it as: no amount of,money or staff members, ) as neither vast amount of money nor vast amount of staff membrs can avoid it, thus this explains y d ans cant b B which says only abt vast amt of money nd gives no figure for the staff members.

I reject D coz , 'neither vast amounts of money' sounds lill weird to me. had it been 'neither vast amount of money', it wud hc hold real good.

so i choose A.

Please correct.
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11 Jun 2009, 11:37
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The commission acknowledged that no amount of money or staff members can ensure the safety of people who live in the vicinity of a nuclear plant, but it approved the installation because it believed that all reasonable precautions had been taken.
(A) no amount of money or staff members
(B) neither vast amounts of money nor staff members
(C) neither vast amounts of money nor numbers of staff members
(D) neither vast amounts of money nor a large staff
(E) no matter how large the staff or how vast the amount of money

Can someone explain in detail?

IMO D ( vast and large) ... I think these quantifiers/qualifiers make it parallel.

what is the OA? and if possible OE?
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11 Jun 2009, 12:40
Its one of the random questions I picked up , it doesnt have any explanation but the OA is D.
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13 Jun 2009, 10:09
D....Since it uses the correct idiom and does not has parallelism error....
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13 Jun 2009, 20:33
OA is D. I dont have the explanations.
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24 Aug 2009, 03:00
can anyone tell me why "(C) neither vast amounts of money nor numbers of staff members" can not be the right choice? THX
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24 Aug 2009, 03:09
flyinhair wrote:
can anyone tell me why "(C) neither vast amounts of money nor numbers of staff members" can not be the right choice? THX

Guess numbers is rong here ...it can not be plural
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24 Aug 2009, 03:34
thx dude.
I figured out what's wrong with C
"numbers of" can mean "some", but the previous part use "vast amounts of"
so, "numbers of" should be modified as "a number of" or "a large number of"
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24 Aug 2009, 05:25
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The commission acknowledged that no amount of money or staff members can ensure the safety of people who live in the vicinity of a nuclear plant, but it approved the installation because it believed that all reasonable precautions had been taken.
(A) no amount of money or staff members
Incorrect: "no amount of staff members" is not a correct usage.
(B) neither vast amounts of money nor staff members
Incorrect: It was very close to be correct answer but the sentence means that neither vast amount of money nor a number of staff members can ensure

(C) neither vast amounts of money nor numbers of staff members
Incorrect: "numbers of staff members" is incorrect usage. It can be "a number of" or "a large number of"
(D) neither vast amounts of money nor a large staff
Correct: vast amounts is parallel with large.
(E) no matter how large the staff or how vast the amount of money
Incorrect: This answer is too verbose to be true.
Can someone explain in detail?

The subject - verb agreement in neither nor sentence depends on the subject next to nor....Here it is ensure. How will D be correct?

I had a doubt whether staff is plural or singular? If we can consider staff plural then D is correct.

Is Staff plural?

Collective nouns such as team and staff may be either singular or plural depending on their use in the sentence.
Examples: The staff is in a meeting.
Staff is acting as a unit here.
The staff are in disagreement about the findings.
The staff are acting as separate individuals in this example.
The sentence would read even better as:
The staff members are in disagreement about the findings.
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24 Aug 2009, 06:12
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The commission acknowledged that no amount of money or staff members can ensure the safety of people who live in the vicinity of a nuclear plant, but it approved the installation because it believed that all reasonable precautions had been taken.
(A) no amount of money or staff members
Incorrect: "no amount of staff members" is not a correct usage.
(B) neither vast amounts of money nor staff members
Incorrect: It was very close to be correct answer but the sentence means that neither vast amount of money nor a number of staff members can ensure

(C) neither vast amounts of money nor numbers of staff members
Incorrect: "numbers of staff members" is incorrect usage. It can be "a number of" or "a large number of"
(D) neither vast amounts of money nor a large staff
Correct: vast amounts is parallel with large.
(E) no matter how large the staff or how vast the amount of money
Incorrect: This answer is too verbose to be true.
Can someone explain in detail?

The subject - verb agreement in neither nor sentence depends on the subject next to nor....Here it is ensure. How will D be correct?

I had a doubt whether staff is plural or singular? If we can consider staff plural then D is correct.

Is Staff plural?

Collective nouns such as team and staff may be either singular or plural depending on their use in the sentence.
Examples: The staff is in a meeting.
Staff is acting as a unit here.
The staff are in disagreement about the findings.
The staff are acting as separate individuals in this example.
The sentence would read even better as:
The staff members are in disagreement about the findings.

Please look closely, It is ".... can ensure"
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01 Nov 2009, 10:55
i dont catch why B is not correct.

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03 Aug 2010, 17:17
D is correct.

Parrallel and logical.
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08 Aug 2010, 12:50
D for DELHI Neither .. Nor should be followed by parallel constructions
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good question as it is very easy to overlook the errors and pick the incorrect option.

The commission acknowledged that no amount of money or staff members can ensure the safety of people who live in the vicinity of a nuclear plant, but it approved the installation because it believed that all reasonable precautions had been taken.

(A) no amount of money [singular] or staff members [plural] - incorrect
(B) neither vast amounts of money [singular] nor staff members [plural] - incorrect
(C) neither vast amounts of money [singular] nor numbers of staff members - 'numbers of' is always wrong
(D) neither vast amounts of money [singular] nor a large staff [singular] - CORRECT
(E) no matter how large the staff or how vast the amount of money - awkward
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12 Jan 2011, 15:28
My choice is D -nither vast amounts of money nor a large staff can...
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13 Jul 2011, 18:59
acer2knight wrote:
The commission acknowledged that no amount of money or staff members can ensure the safety of people who live in the vicinity of a nuclear plant, but it approved the installation because it believed that all reasonable precautions had been taken.
(A) no amount of money or staff members -- awkward
(B) neither vast amounts of money nor staff members -- not parallel
(C) neither vast amounts of money nor numbers of staff members
(D) neither vast amounts of money nor a large staff
(E) no matter how large the staff or how vast the amount of money -- too wordy

Can someone explain in detail?

D has the correct idiom usage as well as parallelism.
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13 Jul 2011, 20:26
How is vast amounts of money singular???
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