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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

which one is better?

B or D. and why?
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22 Jul 2004, 22:04
I am going with D.

The idiom is "neither X nor Y"

here X and Y both need a qualifier and need to be parallel.

D gives a qualifier to both X and Y. B doesnt have a qualifier for Y.
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23 Jul 2004, 04:36
I go with B..D distorts the meaning....why do we need large staff....the original sentece tends to convey that the existing staff members cannot prevent.....

anyone else??
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23 Jul 2004, 05:12
(B) is wrong,

(D) is best.

Original sentence intend to say that large number of staff member also cannot prevent, while this fact is not established in choice (B).

(D) also maintains parallelism
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23 Jul 2004, 09:48
Guys-

I am confused with the usage of "large staff"..How can we use "large" with a countable name like "staff" ?

Please shed some light on this..

Souldn't we want something like "number of" ...?
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24 Jul 2004, 07:13
afife76 wrote:
Guys-

I am confused with the usage of "large staff"..How can we use "large" with a countable name like "staff" ?

Please shed some light on this..

Souldn't we want something like "number of" ...?

Anybody?
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24 Jul 2004, 07:31
what the sentence means is something like this.
"The commission feels that no matter how much money you spend, or how many staff members you have, its difficult to ensure the safety of people....

Only D properly states (without any grammatical mistake) this fact (of large number of stall members)....
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24 Jul 2004, 09:29
afife76 wrote:
Guys-

I am confused with the usage of "large staff"..How can we use "large" with a countable name like "staff" ?
Please shed some light on this..
Souldn't we want something like "number of" ...?

Staff = group of employees/workforce (uncountable quantity). So large staff still means large group of employees/large workforce...

Does this help?
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Usage of "staff" [#permalink]

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24 Jul 2004, 12:14
Formally, staff in this sense can be either singular or plural: The generalâ€™s staff agree [agrees] on the new strategy. Or, in a complex organization, you might talk about the headquarters staffs, meaning two or more such groups at headquarters. Functionally, staff can also be a verb, meaning â€œto provide with staff,â€
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Re: SC - commision [#permalink]

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24 Jul 2004, 16:35
I think the ans is D and go with the same logic as Ash.
The use of large staff is correct. Staff means a group of people
Re: SC - commision   [#permalink] 24 Jul 2004, 16:35
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