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The commission acknowledged that no amount of money or staff

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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

(B) neither vast amounts of money nor staff members

(C) neither vast amounts of money nor numbers of staff members

(D) neither vast amounts of money nor a large staff

(E) no matter how large the staff or how vast the amount of money

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Originally posted by acer2knight on 10 Jun 2009, 23:58.
Last edited by generis on 04 Dec 2018, 10:06, edited 3 times in total.
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good question as it is very easy to overlook the errors and pick the incorrect option.

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 [singular] or staff members [plural] - incorrect
(B) neither vast amounts of money [singular] nor staff members [plural] - incorrect
(C) neither vast amounts of money [singular] nor numbers of staff members - 'numbers of' is always wrong
(D) neither vast amounts of money [singular] nor a large staff [singular] - CORRECT
(E) no matter how large the staff or how vast the amount of money - awkward
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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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