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The amount of balloons in the car is too many


(A) The amount of balloons in the car is too high
(B) The number of balloons in the car are too high
(C) The amount of balloons in the car are too high
(D) The number of balloons in the car is too high
(E) The total amount of balloons in the car are too high

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Originally posted by nightblade354 on 18 Sep 2017, 08:37.
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I forgot to mention that Kudos will be given for all correct responses submitted prior to the reveal of the OA!

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Go for D.

The number of balloon IS

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The amount of balloons in the car is too many


(A) The amount of balloons in the car is too much
(B) The number of balloons in the car are too many
(C) The amount of balloons in the car are too much
(D) The number of balloons in the car is too many
(E) The total amount of balloons in the car are too many



IMO D.
For balloons are countable, The number is singular
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The amount of balloons in the car is too many


(A) The amount of balloons in the car is too much
(B) The number of balloons in the car are too many
(C) The amount of balloons in the car are too much
(D) The number of balloons in the car is too many
(E) The total amount of balloons in the car are too many




hi..

issues
1) countable VS uncountable
balloons are countable , so NUMBER is correct
Also countable nouns require MANY
ONLY B and D are left

2) the correct IDIOM is
the number of X IS..

ans D
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Hi chetan2u,

Is the difficulty level of 600-700 accurate?
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The amount of balloons in the car is too many


(A) The amount of balloons in the car is too much
(B) The number of balloons in the car are too many
(C) The amount of balloons in the car are too much
(D) The number of balloons in the car is too many
(E) The total amount of balloons in the car are too many




Balloons is a countable noun, So the number is appropriate. Eliminate A,C,D
Idiomatic usage is as follows.
A number of workers have extended their support.
The number of workers extending their support is expected to rise.

"The number" -> emphasis is on "number" hence always singular
"A number" -> emphasis is on the noun being referred to (Workers, in the case of above example). Therefore plural.

So option D
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A, C, and E are eliminated because of " the amount of balloons"

B vs D
The verb is singular because it refers to 'the number'. The subject of this sentence is 'the number'. 'Of Balloons' is a modifier of 'the number'.

so "is" is correct verb agreement for subject.

D is the answer
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The Number = Singular (while A Number is plural)
Baloons = Countable, so Many is appropriate

IMO D.
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D. Baloons are countable. So "Number of " & Number of -- singular subject takes singular verb "is"
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D as the number so singular and many is countable whereas much is not countable for eg1 how much water is left in flask
Eg2 There are many people walking on road .

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Good job to everyone who got the right answer (and Kudos)!

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This question tests two common components of the GMAT: Countable items and Subject-Verb agreement.
In this question, we are looking at balloons. Balloons are a countable item, so we need to use 'number', instead of 'amount'. Amount corresponds to an item that is not countable. Here is a link for reference: https://sites.google.com/site/englishfm ... t1/unit1-2

For Subject-Verb agreement, we are looking at "the number of balloons". This is an appositive phrase, so the subject of the sentence is number, not balloons. Hence, because it is 'the number', and not 'a number' the sentence should be singular. "Is" does this.

For the visual learner:

The amount of balloons in the car is too high

(A) The amount of balloons in the car is too high
[/color](B) The number of balloons in the car are too high
(C) The amount of balloons in the car are too high
(D) The number of balloons in the car is too high
(E) The total amount of balloons in the car are too high
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Originally posted by nightblade354 on 19 Sep 2017, 09:14.
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- Since balloons are countable hence will use 'Number' instead of 'Amount'. Countable Noun concept.
- number IS singular, hence number of balloons​ in the IS too many.
- we use MANY with countable Noun


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New post 19 Sep 2017, 11:24
SaurabhMakkar wrote:
- Answer : D
Since balloons are countable hence will use 'Number' instead of 'Amount'. Countable Noun concept.
- number IS singular, hence number of balloons​ in the IS too many.
- we use MANY with countable Noun


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The Number = Singular (while A Number is plural)
Baloons = Countable, so Many is appropriate

IMO D.



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