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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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New post 12 May 2010, 18:58
i also went with D but since the violations are more , maybe they mean that number of tickets issued will be increased as well. We can only take the simple option i guess and not actually worry about amounts,etc...

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The sentence states to increase the "number of fines" to protect miners.
It means the number of fines (not the cost of fine) will be increased.
"amount" will only hold true for cost a particular fine.
As plural noun fines is used, thus above sentence talks about number of fines not about the cost of a fine.
Thus C is a best option among others stated.

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New post 05 Jul 2010, 16:53
C is the best because fines is a countable number where you can count it as...one fine, two fine, etc etc...

thus making it a countable modifier whereas uncountable modifiers such as amount cannot be counted.
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New post 06 Jul 2010, 02:44
+1 for D.

Sounds ridiculous to say number of fines! Miners can be protected by improing the safety guideliness and increasing the amount of fines for violating any of those guideliness ---- The number of would make sense if the sentence was talking about the guideliness! Its illogical to say there would be cap on the max/min number of fines handed out in case of violations........

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The sentence states to increase the "number of fines" to protect miners.
It means the number of fines (not the cost of fine) will be increased.
"amount" will only hold true for cost a particular fine.
As plural noun fines is used, thus above sentence talks about number of fines not about the cost of a fine.
Thus C is a best option among others stated.


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I go with D ........I still feel the intention us to increase the cost ......

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I think it is C coz they are talking not abt dollar amts but actual number of violations
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New post 29 Jul 2010, 23:44
IMO C. As Abhas59 said, Increase in the the amount will go only 1 fine or may not be the uniform, as the choice D suggests. Therefore it makes more sense to select C as the number of fines are being increased.

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I believe both C & D are correct grammatically.

In the end it boils down to the meaning of the original sentence. Has the original sentence said amount, I am sure the answer would have been D. I believe the argument of number vs amount is irrelevant.
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arirux92 wrote:
I believe both C & D are correct grammatically.

In the end it boils down to the meaning of the original sentence. Has the original sentence said amount, I am sure the answer would have been D. I believe the argument of number vs amount is irrelevant.


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I see your point and do agree to an extent. However please note that fines is plural. If one used amount, then probably singular fine would have to be used to convey the correct meaning. (although plural fines would still make sense as explained at the end of this post)

Correct: ...increased number of fines... (meaning: before there were x no. of fines, now there are x+y no. of fines)
Correct: ...increased amount of fine.... ( meaning: before Rs. x was fined, now Rs. x+y is fined)

Nonetheless, amount of fines could also be correct (meaning: the money charged for all the fines have been increased)

Bottom line: I agree with you in any case :-D

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The difference between (C) and (D) is the "number of fines" vs. the "amount of fines." We use "number of" for countable nouns and "amount of" for uncountable nouns. For example, we would use "number of hats" because we can count hats: one hat, two hats, etc. However, we would use "amount of water" because water is not countable; we would not count one water, two waters, etc.

The intent of the question is to say that those who violate mining safety will incur more fines. Because we can count fines (the violators will face one fine, two fines, three fines, etc.), we'll use "number of fines."

If the sentence wanted to say that the amount on the fines would be increased (a $50 fine was increased to $100), perhaps it would say "increased the amounts of the fines for mining safety violations."

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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


Well laid trap viz.amount/number of fines.
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TXTDryFly 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


Fines, just like tickets, are a countable item so the correct term is "number of." How many students are in the room? How many tickets do you have? How many seats are there? How much water is there?

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