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The administration has increased the number of fines for mining safety violations as part of their campaign to protect miners.

a) has increased the number of fines for mining safety violations as part of their
b) have increased the number of fines for mining safety violations as part of their
c) has increased the number of fines for mining safety violations as part of its
d) has increased the amount of fines for mining safety violations as part of its
e) have increased the amount of fines for mining safety violations as part of their

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confused as to what is the question trying to say.
number or money
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The number here refers to the instances or situations in which fine are imposed for violations. If the number before was four times, now, the admin is seeking to increase it to say eight times. So the amount of money is not involved here.

The admin being singular, the verb will be has and the pronoun its – A, B and E are out.

In addition, when a plural noun such as fines is used, we have to use a countable subject or object and the right choice will be the one using the countable number – Between C and D, C is the choice therefore;
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16 Oct 2010, 08:49
aman1213 wrote:
The administration has increased the number of fines for mining safety violations as part of their campaign to protect miners.
a)has increased the number of fines for mining safety violations as part of their
b)have increased the number of fines for mining safety violations as part of their
c)has increased the number of fines for mining safety violations as part of its
d)has increased the amount of fines for mining safety violations as part of its
e)have increased the amount of fines for mining safety violations as part of their

confused as to what is the question trying to say.
number or money

We can safely eliminate answer choices A, B, and E because of pronoun error. Administartion is a singular noun and as such it requires a singular pronoun "its".
Now we have to figure out what exactly the sentence is trying to say. In my opinion, it says that administration has increased the quantity of fines, for instance, if earlier thay had 5 types of fines, now they have more than 5. So, it is used as a countable noun and warrants the use of "number" instead of "amount".
We could have used "amount" correctly here if the sentence would have read something like this:
" The administration has increased the amount of fine for mining and safety violations as part of its campaign to protect miners."

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03 Jan 2011, 10:48

2) And it cannot end with their since their is plural
So the options left are C&D
3) Here we are talking about fines.not the amount in a particular fine.
So it has to be number of fines since(fines) are countable.

SO the final answer is C.

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18 Jun 2011, 11:07
+1 C

Amount is for uncountable nouns.
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I am confused here.

Do we mean to say that if there are X fines now for the total no of safety violations, the administration wants the fines to be X+Y now?

How can we be sure that the administration is not looking at increasing the "amount" of fines for the safety violations? Say, something that is 100\$ is now made to be 1000\$?

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23 Mar 2013, 08:41
anilisanil wrote:
I am confused here.

Do we mean to say that if there are X fines now for the total no of safety violations, the administration wants the fines to be X+Y now?

How can we be sure that the administration is not looking at increasing the "amount" of fines for the safety violations? Say, something that is 100\$ is now made to be 1000\$?

I just wrote a post agreeing with you, but then I caught the mistake I made. If we are talking about fines, then there are multiple fines. If we are talking about the dollar values of multiple fines, then we must use the plural "amounts"

Good thought though.

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23 Mar 2013, 09:49
mmagyar wrote:
anilisanil wrote:
I am confused here.

Do we mean to say that if there are X fines now for the total no of safety violations, the administration wants the fines to be X+Y now?

How can we be sure that the administration is not looking at increasing the "amount" of fines for the safety violations? Say, something that is 100\$ is now made to be 1000\$?

I just wrote a post agreeing with you, but then I caught the mistake I made. If we are talking about fines, then there are multiple fines. If we are talking about the dollar values of multiple fines, then we must use the plural "amounts"

Good thought though.

Yes, got it on the e-mail

Moreover, it seems it should be "value" of fines not the "amount". At least that is what I read elsewhere!

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10 Jun 2013, 10:35
Can someone please help to understand between c and d which one is correct and why ?

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10 Jun 2013, 11:01
veenu08 wrote:
Can someone please help to understand between c and d which one is correct and why ?

There are two reasons for eliminating D

1. The original sentence says number, hence we need to keep the meaning intact and C does precisely that, where as D changes the meaning
2. In sentence D, it says amount of fines, which is wrong, it should be amounts of fines as we are talking about amounts which are linked to a number of fines.

Hope that helps ...
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10 Jun 2013, 11:52
aman1213 wrote:
The administration has increased the number of fines for mining safety violations as part of their campaign to protect miners.
a)has increased the number of fines for mining safety violations as part of their
b)have increased the number of fines for mining safety violations as part of their
c)has increased the number of fines for mining safety violations as part of its
d)has increased the amount of fines for mining safety violations as part of its
e)have increased the amount of fines for mining safety violations as part of their

confused as to what is the question trying to say.
number or money

Amount should be Amounts in D.

QA:- C

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23 Sep 2017, 03:06
The original sentence contains one error; the plural “their” can not refer to the singular

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

(B) This choice repeats the original error; the plural “their” can not refer to the singular

(C) CORRECT. Choice C correctly employs the singular “has increased” and “its”; both agree with the

(D) This choice correctly uses the singular “has increased” and “its”; both agree with the singular
“administration.” However, the use of “amount” is incorrect. “Amount is used for
uncountable quantities. “Fines” are countable, and so “number” should be used.

(E) Choice E incorrectly uses “amount.” “Amount is used for uncountable quantities. “Fines” are
countable, and so “number” should be used. Also, the plural “have increased” and the plural “their”
cannot refer to the singular “administration.”
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