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More than 2.6 million cubic yards of PCB-contaminated sediment have now been dredged from the bed of the Hudson River, and the chances of people being sickened by the chemicals decrease daily as the amount of both tainted soil and industrial polluters continue to drop.
A. as the amount of both tainted soil and industrial polluters continue to drop
B. as the drop continues in both the amount of industrial polluters and tainted soil
C. as the amount of tainted soil and the number of industrial polluters continue to drop
D. with the continually decreasing amount of tainted soil and the number of industrial polluters
E. with the amount of tainted soil continuing to decrease along with the number of industrial polluters

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More than 2.6 million cubic yards of PCB-contaminated sediment have now been dredged from the bed of the Hudson River, and the chances of people being sickened by the chemicals decrease daily as the amount of both tainted soil and industrial polluters continue to drop.
A. as the amount of both tainted soil and industrial polluters continue to drop
B. as the drop continues in both the amount of industrial polluters and tainted soil
C. as the amount of tainted soil and the number of industrial polluters continue to drop
D. with the continually decreasing amount of tainted soil and the number of industrial polluters
E. with the amount of tainted soil continuing to decrease along with the number of industrial polluters


This question tests the usage of the amount of and the number of
amount of is used with uncountable nouns whereas the number of is used with countable nouns
Here, "tainted soil" is an uncountable noun, whereas "industrial polluters" are countable.

Option C is the only option which uses the correct parallelism and
expresses the intended meaning of the sentence and is the correct answer!
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More than 2.6 million cubic yards of PCB-contaminated sediment have now been dredged from the bed of the Hudson River, and the chances of people being sickened by the chemicals decrease daily as the amount of both tainted soil and industrial polluters continue to drop.
A. as the amount of both tainted soil and industrial polluters continue to drop
B. as the drop continues in both the amount of industrial polluters and tainted soil
C. as the amount of tainted soil and the number of industrial polluters continue to drop
D. with the continually decreasing amount of tainted soil and the number of industrial polluters
E. with the amount of tainted soil continuing to decrease along with the number of industrial polluters



Grammatically, the given sentence is correct except the error that it uses AMOUNT for both countable noun (Industrial polluters) and uncountable noun (tainted soil).
Amount - should be used for an Uncountable noun - Tainted soil
Number - Should be used for a Countable Noun - Industrial polluters


IMO, OA = C
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