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Without adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and also new factual information may not get properly encoded into their memory circuits.

A. Without adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and also
B. Without the adequate amount of sleep they need, people's newly acquired skills and even
C. If they do not have adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and even
D. If people do not get adequate amounts of sleep, newly acquired skills and even
E. If people do not get the adequate amount of sleep they need, newly acquired skills and also

Pls clarify the usage of "amounts of sleep" ? Is sleep a countable or uncountable noun here?
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27 Oct 2012, 16:17
A. Without adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and also [modifier]
B. Without the adequate amount of sleep they need, people's newly acquired skills and even [modifier; redundancy]
C. If they do not have adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and even [modifier]
D. If people do not get adequate amounts of sleep, newly acquired skills and even [ correct]
E. If people do not get the adequate amount of sleep they need, newly acquired skills and also [redundancy]

D is the only choice which makes sense.
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28 Oct 2012, 01:11
Pls clarify me why "amounts of sleep" is used in correct choice? Why not amount of sleep?
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20 Nov 2012, 07:54
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Pls clarify me why "amounts of sleep" is used in correct choice? Why not amount of sleep?

"adequate amount of sleep" and "they need" is redundant.

In the second part "and also" is redundant.

Hence, you can strike out E.

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15 Jan 2013, 07:32
with phrase
can be used to modify noun or clause/verb.

when "with phrase" modify verb/clause. there are 2 cases, depending on context
- it must refer to a specific noun in the clause
with good spirit, I learn gmat. (prepositional phrase)
or
with my spirit good, I learn gmat (absolut structure,no need to remember the name)
- it can refer to no noun in the clause
with persons not learning gmat, I still learn. (gmatprep present one sentence of this kind, telephone charge lower)

depending on context , I know when "with phrase" must refer to a specifin noun in the clause. in this context, "with phrase' must refer to a specific noun and so not logic.

A is wrong,

is my thinking correct? pls comment. Thank you .
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15 Jan 2013, 07:55
the following from gmatprep with oa d show the case in which " with phrase" refers to no noun in the main clause.
if we focus on meaning, we do not need to remember this tructure, just know this pattern exist.
focus on meaning help us avoid learning hard grammar pattern.

pls, comment

Because of wireless service costs plummeting in the last year, and as mobile phones are increasingly common, many people now using their mobile phones to make calls across a wide region at night and on weekends, when numerous wireless companies provide unlimited airtime for a relatively small monthly fee.

A. Because of wireless service costs plummeting in the last year, and as mobile phones are increasingly common, many people

B. As the cost of wireless service plummeted in the last year and as mobile phones became increasingly common, many people

C. In the last year, with the cost of wireless service plummeting, and mobile phones have become increasingly common, there are many people

D. With the cost of wireless service plummeting in the last year and mobile phones becoming increasingly common, many people are

E. While the cost of wireless service has plummeted in the last year and mobile phones are increasingly common, many people are
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03 Mar 2013, 06:12
folks,

what is the difference between ' amounts of sleep' and 'amount of sleep'
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folks,

what is the difference between ' amounts of sleep' and 'amount of sleep'

Hi Sachin,

There is just a minor difference, consider the following sentences

I am not getting proper amount of sleep these days --> Single amount of one person.

We are not getting proper amounts of sleep these days --> As we have many people here, amounts is used; different amounts for different people.

The amounts of money with people is not increasing at a rate as it did previously.

two more examples.

The amount of raw ash in the atmosphere is greater in New York than in Washington.

The amounts of raw ash in the atmosphere in US cities are greater than those in developing countries such as Brazil.

Note that amount can be used both as countable and non-countable.

non-countable --> No amount of help can pull him out of his misery. --> amounts of help will be incorrect.

Also see this --> http://oald8.oxfordlearnersdictionaries ... ary/amount

Hope this helps,

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03 Mar 2013, 12:41
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Without adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and also new factual information may not get properly encoded into their memory circuits.

A. Without adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and also
B. Without the adequate amount of sleep they need, people's newly acquired skills and even
C. If they do not have adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and even
D. If people do not get adequate amounts of sleep, newly acquired skills and even
E. If people do not get the adequate amount of sleep they need, newly acquired skills and also

Pls clarify the usage of "amounts of sleep" ? Is sleep a countable or uncountable noun here?

Choice A - subject is incorrect
Choice B - pronoun referent error
Choice C - same as B
Choice E - use of amount
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04 Mar 2013, 03:36
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26 May 2013, 01:12
For E- the Off explanation says adequate..they need is redundant. Also the use of 'and also' makes sense to me. !!

But in D it says newly acquired skills and 'even'. I do not see a difference here between 'skills and also' and 'skills and even'.

@vercules- could you comment?
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For E- the Off explanation says adequate..they need is redundant. Also the use of 'and also' makes sense to me. !!

But in D it says newly acquired skills and 'even'. I do not see a difference here between 'skills and also' and 'skills and even'.

@vercules- could you comment?

Hi rajathpanta,

'and also' is considered redundant on the GMAT. It can be replaced by the simple 'and' without changing the meaning. 'and even' is used to put more emphasis on the phrase coming after. To put it in simple words, just remember that GMAT considers 'and also' redundant.

Hope this helps,
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01 Jun 2013, 12:53
Without adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and also new factual information may not get properly encoded into their memory circuits.

A. Without adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and also
B. Without the adequate amount of sleep they need, people's newly acquired skills and even
C. If they do not have adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and even
D. If people do not get adequate amounts of sleep, newly acquired skills and even
E. If people do not get the adequate amount of sleep they need, newly acquired skills and also

whether A is wrong because of redundancy of and also....or there is any other error also...
and whether possesive pronoun 'their' correctly refers to people.

there is a similar problem:-
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Without adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and also new factual information may not get properly encoded into their memory circuits.

A. Without adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and also // incorrect modifier/
B. Without the adequate amount of sleep they need, people's newly acquired skills and even// incorrect modifier
C. If they do not have adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and even // Incorrect modifer. who should get sleep? Skills. Incorrect.
D. If people do not get adequate amounts of sleep, newly acquired skills and even // Answer
E. If people do not get the adequate amount of sleep they need, newly acquired skills and also // Redundant and verbose.

Pls clarify the usage of "amounts of sleep" ? Is sleep a countable or uncountable noun here?

A. Without adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and also // incorrect modifier/
B. Without the adequate amount of sleep they need, people's newly acquired skills and even// incorrect modifier
C. If they do not have adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and even // Incorrect modifer. who should get sleep? Skills. Incorrect.
D. If people do not get adequate amounts of sleep, newly acquired skills and even // Answer
E. If people do not get the adequate amount of sleep they need, newly acquired skills and also // Redundant and verbose.
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03 Jun 2013, 22:18
Vercules wrote:
'and also' is considered redundant on the GMAT.

It might be slightly extreme to memorize this as a rule, because there are instances when the correct option does have and also.
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06 Aug 2014, 21:09
A. Without adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and also
modifier problem coz its the people who need sleep not the acquired skill

B. Without the adequate amount of sleep they need, people's newly acquired skills and even
pronoun problem, the pronoun they do have have antecedent

C. If they do not have adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and even
again same as b

D. If people do not get adequate amounts of sleep, newly acquired skills and even
the correct answer as it clearly signifies

E. If people do not get the adequate amount of sleep they need, newly acquired skills and also
too wordy
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25 Sep 2014, 03:07
I also picked (D), but don't you think that (D) with "and even", slightly alters the meaning, exactly putting more emphasis (as Vercules said)?

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Without adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and also new factual information may not get properly encoded into their memory circuits.

A. Without adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and also -> Without adequate amount of sleep -> Modifying People's skills - Wrong
B. Without the adequate amount of sleep they need, people's newly acquired skills and even -> They refer to skills -> Wrong
C. If they do not have adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and even -> they refer to skills -> Wrong
D. If people do not get adequate amounts of sleep, newly acquired skills and even -> Correct
E. If people do not get the adequate amount of sleep they need, newly acquired skills and also -> Adequate means sleep is less what they need.
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