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# Even though the costs of paying baseball players amounts to

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Even though the costs of paying baseball players amounts to a sum greater than one half of overall cost of operating a Major League Baseball team last year, Major League Baseball franchise owners were still willing to pay increasingly higher salaries to top players.

A. amounts to a sum greater
B. amounts to more
C. amounted to more
D. amounted to a greater sum
E. amounted to greater

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"A sum" in the given context refers to a singular measure, a collective noun that acts as a singular and hence the right comparative degree of adjective will be the “more” normally used for the non-countable. The sentence is set in the past and hence it requires a past verb just as the ‘were’ used in the un-underlined part of the sentence.
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01 Dec 2010, 22:48
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"A sum" in the given context refers to a singular measure, a collective noun that acts as a singular and hence the right comparative degree of adjective will be the “more” normally used for the non-countable. The sentence is set in the past and hence it requires a past verb just as the ‘were’ used in the un-underlined part of the sentence.

aah.. gotcha. I got little confused and marked E, thinking it referred to "costs". Thanks.
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25 Sep 2011, 19:12
Is greater wrong because greater is supposed to be used w/ countable and amount is used w uncountable??
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25 Sep 2011, 19:56
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Even though the costs of paying baseball players amounts to a sum greater than one half of overall cost of operating a Major League Baseball team last year, Major League Baseball franchise owners were still willing to pay increasingly higher salaries to top players.

A. amounts to a sum greater
B. amounts to more
C. amounted to more
D. amounted to a greater sum
E. amounted to greater

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C

A - Incorrect - Costs is plural, and "amounts to" is singular. Also, "greater" should be used with countable quantities
B - Incorrect - Costs is plural, and "amounts to" is singular.
C - Correct ( "one half" is uncountable, so "more" should be used.)
D - "greater" should be used with countable quantities
E - "greater" should be used with countable quantities
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07 Nov 2011, 13:30
+1 c

Kill A and B for subject/verb agreement

Kill D and E because greater is a word that is used when numbers can be counted
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10 Mar 2017, 23:59
When referring to a fraction or a percentage, we generally use more than. Therefore the answer is C and not E.
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