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Sentance Correction question

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Manager
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17 Oct 2006, 12:09
Hi All
Is "that if" is wrong idiomatic construction. See the attached gif file , ans is A. Is it only because option A is concise compared to B or some other explanation is there. Can any explain?
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17 Oct 2006, 12:23
why do we have to present the answer to begin with? Spoils it for some of us.

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17 Oct 2006, 12:37
Hi
Can any one explain
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17 Oct 2006, 12:51
Hi MBA2ran,

Whilst i'm more than happy to help out I think you will get more assistance if you post your questions in seperate threads, and don't post the answer with the question as it makes it harder to give an impartial answer.

I'm not sure i can give you a concrete answer on this one, as far as i can see B isn't grammatically incorrect, but A says the same thing but in a clearer and more concise manner (Clarity Concision Correctness )

The second question is testing parallelism: portland cement, fine and coarse aggregates, and a small amount of air.

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17 Oct 2006, 12:54
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what the problem with "a little" option D.Why we have to use " a small"

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17 Oct 2006, 12:58
'... and a small amount of air'. E?

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17 Oct 2006, 13:12
It is more idiomatic to say small amount, I can't find any reference to why little is wrong, but this may help you understanding of count nouns vs non count nouns:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_noun

EDIT: perhaps think of it like this, the opposite of a little is big/alot/much, i think you would agree that these do not sound right:

a little amount of cement
alot amount of cement (this does not make sense)
a big amount of cement (this may not sound too bad but large is more idiomatic)
much amount of cement
vs
a small amount of cement
a large amount of cement

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