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The philosophy of the Founding Fathers, the political and military leaders who led the country to its independence, have been the subject of an increasing amount of biographies.

a) have been the subject of an increasing amount
b) have been the subject of an increasing number
c) have subjected an increasing number
d) has been the subject of an increasing amount
e) has been the subject of an increasing number

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The philosophy of the Founding Fathers, the political and military leaders who led the country to its independence, have been the subject of an increasing amount of biographies.

Meaning analysis: the philosophy of some leaders has been the reason for subject of many biographies

Error analysis: question tests subject-verb agreement error, and idiom.
Subject “The philosophy” doesn't agree in number with plural “have”.
Usage of “amount” is incorrect, since we use “amount” only with uncountable nouns (amount of music). But here “biographies” is plural, hence it has to take idiom “number”

a) have been the subject of an increasing amount
b) have been the subject of an increasing number
c) have subjected an increasing number (distorts the meaning of the original sentence, it implies that the philosophy itself exposing the number of biographies)
d) has been the subject of an increasing amount
e) has been the subject of an increasing number

So to me E is correct

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[quote="globaldesi"]The philosophy of the Founding Fathers, the political and military leaders who led the country to its independence, have been the subject of an increasing amount of biographies.

a) have been the subject of an increasing amount( SV agreement error)
b) have been the subject of an increasing number( SV agreement error)
c) have subjected an increasing number( SV agreement error)
d) has been the subject of an increasing amount( biographies are countable so use of amount is incorrect)
e) has been the subject of an increasing number( correct)

Will go with choice E

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There is a singular subject which requires a singular verb: the philosophy…has. (A), (B), and (C) contain the verb have. The only difference between (D) and (E) is the use of the words amount and number. Amount is used to refer to items that cannot be counted. Since biographies can be counted, number is correct. (E) is correct.
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