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# Although the organizers of the famous English rock festival Glass Town

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Although the organizers of the famous English rock festival Glass Town Berry have provided appropriate camping arrangements for festival-goers, the number of attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns have amounted to a mere sum of 30,000, a meager 10% of the total number of tickets sold.

A. the number of attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accomodation in nearby towns have amounted to a mere sum of 30,000
B. the number of attendants, who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns, has amounted to merely 30,000
C. the number of attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns has amounted to a mere sum of 30,000
D. attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns has amounted to merely 30,000
E. the number of attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns has amounted to a mere 30,000

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A. the number of attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accomodation in nearby towns have amounted to a mere sum of 30,000
1) "amounted...sum". Redundant usage.
2) "the number..have" Incorrect SV pair

B. the number of attendants, who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns, has amounted to merely 30,000
By putting "who chose...towns" within commas, the modifier has been rendered non-essential. Now the sentence means "the number of attendants has amount to merely 30,000". This is incorrect as there is only specific type of "attendants" who has "amounted to merely 30,000", not ALL.

C. the number of attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns has amounted to a mere sum of 30,000
"amounted...sum". Redundant usage.

D. attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns has amounted to merely 30,000
1) "merely" as an adverb incorrectly modifies "30,000".
2) "attendants" cannot amount to "30,000", only a "number" can

E. the number of attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns has amounted to a mere 30,000
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24 Jun 2015, 10:44
Maybe someone wants to explain why B is wrong? I think this is a key-takeaway from this question.

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24 Jun 2015, 12:38
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Maybe someone wants to explain why B is wrong? I think this is a key-takeaway from this question.

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Apart from the modifier error, the use the adverb 'merely' for 'the number' is imprecise. We need an adjective here.

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24 Jun 2015, 13:17
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I can try.

A. the number of attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accomodation in nearby towns have amounted to a mere sum of 30,000
1) "amounted...sum". Redundant usage.
2) "the number..have" Incorrect SV pair

B. the number of attendants, who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns, has amounted to merely 30,000
By putting "who chose...towns" within commas, the modifier has been rendered non-essential. Now the sentence means "the number of attendants has amount to merely 30,000". This is incorrect as there is only specific type of "attendants" who has "amounted to merely 30,000", not ALL.

C. the number of attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns has amounted to a mere sum of 30,000
"amounted...sum". Redundant usage.

D. attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns has amounted to merely 30,000
1) "merely" as an adverb incorrectly modifies "30,000".
2) "attendants" cannot amount to "30,000", only a "number" can

E. the number of attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns has amounted to a mere 30,000
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Very good indeed. Here's the official answer from The Economist:
Although this answer choice corrects both original mistakes, it is illogical. By adding the commas on both sides of the relative clause who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns, this answer choice turns thedefining relative clause into a non-defining relative clause. The original sentence with the defining relative clause focused on the number of attendants who slept in tents, which was only 10% of the total number of attendants. However, in this answer choice the relative clause is non-defining. Thus, this focus is lost and the sentence seems to refer to the number of attendants while noting that attendants slept in tents. Clearly, the number of attendants cannot be only 10% of the (very same) total number of attendants.
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20 Oct 2016, 10:49
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Although the organizers of the famous English rock festival Glass Town Berry have provided appropriate camping arrangements for festival-goers, the number of attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns have amounted to a mere sum of 30,000, a meager 10% of the total number of tickets sold.

A. the number of attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accomodation in nearby towns have amounted to a mere sum of 30,000
B. the number of attendants, who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns, has amounted to merely 30,000
C. the number of attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns has amounted to a mere sum of 30,000
D. attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns has amounted to merely 30,000
E. the number of attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns has amounted to a mere 30,000

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09 Feb 2017, 10:37
reto wrote:
Although the organizers of the famous English rock festival Glass Town Berry have provided appropriate camping arrangements for festival-goers, the number of attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns have amounted to a mere sum of 30,000, a meager 10% of the total number of tickets sold.

A. the number of attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accomodation in nearby towns have amounted to a mere sum of 30,000
B. the number of attendants, who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns, has amounted to merely 30,000
C. the number of attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns has amounted to a mere sum of 30,000
D. attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns has amounted to merely 30,000
E. the number of attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns has amounted to a mere 30,000

The difference between B & E is the use of merely. I think merely cannot be used to define 30,000 which is a noun.
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04 Jan 2018, 20:54
A. the number of attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accomodation in nearby towns have amounted to a mere sum of 30,000 -> amount to & a sum of are redundant
B. the number of attendants, who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns, has amounted to merely 30,000 -> this phrase lies between commas, but the phrase is important and cannot be redundant.
C. the number of attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns has amounted to a mere sum of 30,000 -> same to A
D. attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns has amounted to merely 30,000
E. the number of attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns has amounted to a mere 30,000 -> mere or merely is not the main issue here -> correct
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20 Feb 2018, 22:17
A. the number of attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accomodation in nearby towns have amounted to a mere sum of 30,000
B. the number of attendants, who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns, has amounted to merely 30,000
C. the number of attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns has amounted to a mere sum of 30,000
D. attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns has amounted to merely 30,000
E. the number of attendants who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns has amounted to a mere 30,000
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28 Feb 2019, 02:30
A – SV disagreement. ‘Number’ is singular and ‘have’ is plural
B - ,who chose to sleep in a tent over accommodation in nearby towns, is an essential phrase that has been placed between commas.
C – ‘amounted to a sum’ is redundant.
D – ‘attendants …amounted to’ is improper phrasing.
Thus, E is the right answer.
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