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# The commission acknowledged that no amount of money or staff

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27 Aug 2017, 04:06
The commission acknowledged that no amount of money or staff members can ensure the safety of people who live in the vicinity of a nuclear plant, but it approved the installation because it believed that all reasonable precautions had been taken.
(A) no amount of money or staff members - amount does not go with staff members
(B) neither vast amounts of money nor staff members - amount does not go with staff members
(C) neither vast amounts of money nor numbers of staff members - no error
(D) neither vast amounts of money nor a large staff - a large staff is incorrect, this should be large numbers of staff, a large staff is a staff with big body
(E) no matter how large the staff or how vast the amount of money - how large the staff is incorrect, similar to answer D
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30 Aug 2017, 23:57
C is wrong for two reasons. First, we don't want to say "numbers." We can have a large number of people or a small number of people, but it's still just one number. Second, "number(s)" doesn't imply a large amount (it could be any number), so it doesn't fit with the idea of the sentence, which is that even large efforts/expenditures will not achieve what we want. We can fix both problems with C by saying "a large number of staff members."

D isn't saying that the individual staff members are large. It's fine to use an adjective to describe the group, and this interpretation fits logically. If we wanted to say that the staff members themselves were large, we'd need to add language to make our meaning clearer.
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