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# Like other performance indicators, the growth rate of

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19 May 2014, 17:32
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Like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and resources dedicated to the endeavor.

(a) Like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and
(b) Just like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and
(c) Like other performance indicators are, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and number of
(d) As other performance indicators are, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and
(e) As other performance indicators are, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and number of

While “like” correctly compares the two nouns “indicators” and “growth rate,” “amount of” incorrectly modifies the countable noun “resources.” “Amount of” is applied to both components of the compound noun: “amount of time and (amount of) resources.”

“Amount of” can be used to modify uncountable nouns, such as “time,” but not countable nouns, such as “resources.” “Number of” should be used to modify countable nouns.

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) “Amount of” incorrectly modifies the countable noun “resources.” “Amount of” is applied to both components of the compound noun: “amount of time and (amount of) resources.” “Amount of” can be used to modify uncountable nouns, such as “time,” but not countable nouns, such as “resources.” “Number of” should be used to modify countable nouns. Further, “just like” is unnecessarily wordy. The more concise “like” is preferred.

(C) While “number of” correctly modifies the countable noun “resources,” “like” incorrectly compares two verb phrases: “like other…indicators are, the growth rate…is.” “Like” can be used to compare nouns, but not verb phrases. “As” should be used to compare verb phrases.

(D) “As” is correctly used to compare two verb phrases: "as other...indicators are, the growth rate...is." However, “amount of” incorrectly modifies the countable noun “resources.” “Amount of” is applied to both components of the compound noun: “amount of time and (amount of) resources.” “Amount of” can be used to modify uncountable nouns, such as “time,” but not countable nouns, such as “resources.”
“Number of” should be used to modify countable nouns.

(E) CORRECT. “As” correctly compares two verb phrases: “as other…indicators are, the growth rate…is.” Further, “number of” correctly modifies the countable noun “resources.”

Number of resources? Doesn't this change the meaning?
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20 May 2014, 12:21
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kingb wrote:
Like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and resources dedicated to the endeavor.

(a) Like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and
(b) Just like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and
(c) Like other performance indicators are, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and number of
(d) As other performance indicators are, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and
(e) As other performance indicators are, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and number of

While “like” correctly compares the two nouns “indicators” and “growth rate,” “amount of” incorrectly modifies the countable noun “resources.” “Amount of” is applied to both components of the compound noun: “amount of time and (amount of) resources.”

“Amount of” can be used to modify uncountable nouns, such as “time,” but not countable nouns, such as “resources.” “Number of” should be used to modify countable nouns.

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) “Amount of” incorrectly modifies the countable noun “resources.” “Amount of” is applied to both components of the compound noun: “amount of time and (amount of) resources.” “Amount of” can be used to modify uncountable nouns, such as “time,” but not countable nouns, such as “resources.” “Number of” should be used to modify countable nouns. Further, “just like” is unnecessarily wordy. The more concise “like” is preferred.

(C) While “number of” correctly modifies the countable noun “resources,” “like” incorrectly compares two verb phrases: “like other…indicators are, the growth rate…is.” “Like” can be used to compare nouns, but not verb phrases. “As” should be used to compare verb phrases.

(D) “As” is correctly used to compare two verb phrases: "as other...indicators are, the growth rate...is." However, “amount of” incorrectly modifies the countable noun “resources.” “Amount of” is applied to both components of the compound noun: “amount of time and (amount of) resources.” “Amount of” can be used to modify uncountable nouns, such as “time,” but not countable nouns, such as “resources.”
“Number of” should be used to modify countable nouns.

(E) CORRECT. “As” correctly compares two verb phrases: “as other…indicators are, the growth rate…is.” Further, “number of” correctly modifies the countable noun “resources.”

Number of resources? Doesn't this change the meaning?
Say what?

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J

Hi jlgdr,

The phrase ‘number of’ does not change the meaning of the sentence, instead it corrects an error that is present in the original sentence.

• Like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of
o time
o and resources
• dedicated to the endeavor.

This is the structure of the sentence. The word ‘and’ creates a parallel list of two items ‘time’ and ‘resources’. So, the phrase ‘the amount of’ is applicable to both the items.

- the amount of time
- and the amount of resources

Now, ‘time’ is uncountable noun so it’s correct to say ‘amount of time’, but ‘resources’ is a countable noun, hence it’s incorrect to say ‘amount of resources’.
That’s why it is changed to ‘the amount of time and the number of resources’ in the correct option.

Hope this helps!
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20 May 2014, 20:03
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There are two concepts being tested here : 1) Like Vs As 2) Countable nouns

Since 'Like' can only be used to compare nouns or pronouns and 'As' can be used to compare phrases or clauses, this sentence would need 'As'. So that leaves us with options D and E.

Within D and E we see that the difference lies in the last part of the sentence where they are using different modifiers for time and resources. Since option E uses the correct modifier for each : 'amount' for time and 'Number' for resources it is the correct option. Note: Amount cannot be used for Resources because it is a countable noun.

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Like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and resources dedicated to the endeavor.

a) Like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and
b) Just like other performance indicators, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and
c) Like other performance indicators are, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and number of
d) As other performance indicators are, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and
e) As other performance indicators are, the growth rate of a start-up business is generally related to the amount of time and number of

In the hall, just look at the topic this way; since the 'resources' and 'the amount' do not gel, boldly dump A, B, and D in one go for using 'the amount of time and resources'.

Between C and E, it is well known that 'like' cannot be used to compare verbed clauses as in C.

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20 Jun 2018, 03:24
Hi abhimahna,
I observed a point through many questions. Is Like ONLY Used for comparisons or Can it be used to show similarities ?

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20 Jun 2018, 03:27
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Hi abhimahna,
I observed a point through many questions. Is Like ONLY Used for comparisons or Can it be used to show similarities ?

Hey Nightmare007 ,

When you are saying two things are similar, aren't you comparing them and coming upto the conclusion that they are similar.

For example:

Like Ramesh, Suresh is intelligent.

Here you are comparing Ramesh and Suresh. You are saying they both are similar in terms of intelligence, no?
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20 Jun 2018, 03:41
abhimahna wrote:
Nightmare007 wrote:
Hi abhimahna,
I observed a point through many questions. Is Like ONLY Used for comparisons or Can it be used to show similarities ?

Hey Nightmare007 ,

When you are saying two things are similar, aren't you comparing them and coming upto the conclusion that they are similar.

For example:

Like Ramesh, Suresh is intelligent.

Here you are comparing Ramesh and Suresh. You are saying they both are similar in terms of intelligence, no?

Yeah exactly!,
If i say "As Ramesh is, Suresh is intelligent.

Is it true. If its a NO.

I am a bit confused why is that the later case is preferred in this question to the former, which uses the word "Like".

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13 Jul 2018, 16:50
Has anybody analized what does this text is talking about? How can number of resources help startup 2,3,4? Level/Volume of resources - yes \$1 000, 100 people, 10 investors!

Amount can be used with plural/countable nouns in rare cases when we mean the volume:

Amount of greenhouse gases
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/201 ... -quiz.html

Volume of investment-banking deals
https://www.economist.com/economic-and- ... king-deals

Amount of biofuels
https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/0 ... hange.html
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13 Jul 2018, 16:58
Dear Experts,

Some trustable sources (NYT, The Economist) use Amount with plural/countable nouns in rare cases when we mean the volume. I yhink this is the case in this question, and that OA is incorrect. Please help to justify my thoughts.

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01 Mar 2019, 01:48
‘Resources’ are countable, so ‘amount’ is used incorrectly.

This means we can discard A B and D.

C incorrectly uses ‘Like’ to compare clauses.

This means that the right answer is E.
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31 Mar 2019, 00:37
OFFICIAL EXPLANATION

While “like” correctly compares the two nouns “indicators” and “growth rate,” “amount of” incorrectly modifies the countable noun “resources.” “Amount of” is applied to both components of the compound noun: “amount of time and (amount of) resources.” “Amount of” can be used to modify uncountable nouns, such as “time,” but not countable nouns, such as “resources.” “Number of” should be used to modify countable nouns.
(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.
(B) “Amount of” incorrectly modifies the countable noun “resources.” “Amount of” is applied to both components of the compound noun: “amount of time and (amount of) resources.” “Amount of” can be used to modify uncountable nouns, such as “time,” but not countable nouns, such as “resources.” “Number of” should be used to modify countable nouns. Further, “just like” is unnecessarily wordy. The more concise “like” is preferred.
(C) While “number of” correctly modifies the countable noun “resources,” “like” incorrectly compares two verb phrases: “like other...indicators are, the growth rate...is.” “Like” can be used to compare nouns, but not verb phrases. “As” should be used to compare verb phrases.
(D) “As” is correctly used to compare two verb phrases: "as other...indicators are, the growth rate...is." However, “amount of” incorrectly modifies the countable noun “resources.” “Amount of” is applied to both components of the compound noun: “amount of time and (amount of) resources.” “Amount of” can be used to modify uncountable nouns, such as “time,” but not countable nouns, such as “resources.” “Number of” should be used to modify countable nouns.
(E) CORRECT. “As” correctly compares two verb phrases: “as other...indicators are, the growth rate...is.” Further, “number of” correctly modifies the countable noun “resources.”
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