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# In the United States, less than \$200 per capita is spent by

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In the United States, less than \$200 per capita is spent by the government each year to support arts and cultural institutions, such as the National Endowment for the Arts, although the amount in European countries is much greater.
(A) In the United States, less than \$200 per capita is spent by the government each year to support arts and cultural institutions, such as the National Endowment for the Arts, although the amount in European countries is much greater.
(B) The United States government spends less than \$200 per capita annually supporting arts and cultural institutions, like the National Endowment for the Arts, although European countries spend a much greater amount.
(C) Although European countries spend a much greater amount, in the United States, the government spends annually fewer than
\$200 per capita to support arts and cultural institutions, including the National Endowment for the Arts.
(D) Arts and cultural institutions, like the National Endowment for the Arts, are supported by the United States government spending less than \$200 per capita each year, although the amount in European countries is much greater.
(E) Although European countries spend a greater amount, the United States government annually spends fewer than \$200 per capita to support arts and cultural institutions, such as the National Endowment for the Arts.

Is "\$200" countable?
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16 Jan 2005, 16:07
I am stuck between A/E I am not quite sure which one to pick and which one to reject but ya just going by the ear I think I will pick E.

B, C, D are all wrong because of "LIKE" It has to be SUCH AS.

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17 Jan 2005, 03:14
I'll pick A.
I agree A uses the passive construct, 'spent by the government' but yet again, the rule does not forbid the use of passive expressions. Besides, 'such as' wins 'like' in the sentence. What's the 'OA'?
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17 Jan 2005, 06:56
OA is (A)
So I guess \$200 is non-countable noun? by the use of less?
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17 Jan 2005, 07:40
I am sorry I am not convinced with the OA. A dosen't sound good I mean may the problem is with my ears but E looks better constructed sentence. Gives us a clear disctinction.

So what is the source of the question.

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17 Jan 2005, 14:05
(E) said

fewer than \$200

"fewer" is only for countable noun

My question is \$200 is countable or not?

I forgot the source of this question. I think Arco.
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17 Jan 2005, 18:33
200\$ is countable but dosen't necessarily mean that FEW has to be used with XYZ\$. It depends about the use of the sentence.

Well Arco hmmm......... never mind.

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17 Jan 2005, 18:55
qhoc0010 wrote:
(E) said

fewer than \$200

"fewer" is only for countable noun

My question is \$200 is countable or not?

I forgot the source of this question. I think Arco.

money is not countable. "fewer" would be applied to money in terms of coins, something physically countable and comparable.
He has less than 200\$ and fewer dimes than she does
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15 Mar 2012, 04:58
In 'A' 'amount' should be followed by 'spent' to indicate which amount is being referred to.
'Like' in 'B' and 'D' instead of 'such as' changes meaning of the sentence and indicates that it is not the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) but institutions like NEA that are supported by the US govt.
'C' illogically states that European countries spend money to support National Endowment for the Arts.
'E' is concise and grammatically correct choice.
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15 Mar 2012, 05:44
It's A. Parallelism is tested here!
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15 Mar 2012, 19:19
+1 for A.

For nouns dealing with time, money and distance we can use less/amount ( instead of few/quantity).

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15 Mar 2012, 20:50
+1 A

E incorrectly compares the USA govt to the European countries

I had to look carefully to identify this.
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23 Mar 2012, 16:37
A makes sense. Though E had me going for a bit.
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15 Jan 2019, 20:56
Noni wrote:
It's A. Parallelism is tested here!

E is also parallel and sounds more logical than A. The use of comma pair in A is non-sensical.
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