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# The president’s ill-advised economic policies affected the employed an

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The president’s ill-advised economic policies affected the employed and the jobless alike; vast quantities of people were precariously balanced on the edge of poverty.

(A) the employed and the jobless alike; vast quantities of people were precariously balanced

(B) both the employed and the jobless alike; large amounts of people precariously balanced themselves

(C) the employed and the jobless alike; great numbers of people were precariously balanced

(D) both the employed and the jobless alike; vast amounts of people precariously balanced themselves

(E) both the employed and the jobless; great quantities of people were precariously balanced

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17 Sep 2018, 02:38
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Bunuel wrote:
The president’s ill-advised economic policies affected the employed and the jobless alike; vast quantities of people were precariously balanced on the edge of poverty.

(A) the employed and the jobless alike; vast quantities of people were precariously balanced

(B) both the employed and the jobless alike; large amounts of people precariously balanced themselves

(C) the employed and the jobless alike; great numbers of people were precariously balanced

(D) both the employed and the jobless alike; vast amounts of people precariously balanced themselves

(E) both the employed and the jobless; great quantities of people were precariously balanced

+1 for C

(A) the employed and the jobless alike; vast quantities of people were precariously balanced

(B) both the employed and the jobless alike; large amounts of people precariously balanced themselves

(C) the employed and the jobless alike; great numbers of people were precariously balanced --> People is a countable noun. Hence, numbers is correct

(D) both the employed and the jobless alike; vast amounts of people precariously balanced themselves

(E) both the employed and the jobless; great quantities of people were precariously balanced
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18 Sep 2018, 01:35
Bunuel wrote:
The president’s ill-advised economic policies affected the employed and the jobless alike; vast quantities of people were precariously balanced on the edge of poverty.

(A) the employed and the jobless alike; vast quantities of people were precariously balanced

(B) both the employed and the jobless alike; large amounts of people precariously balanced themselves

(C) the employed and the jobless alike; great numbers of people were precariously balanced

(D) both the employed and the jobless alike; vast amounts of people precariously balanced themselves

(E) both the employed and the jobless; great quantities of people were precariously balanced

MANHATTAN REVIEW OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

This question has to do with the words that we use in combination with countable and non-countable nouns. Do you say a quantity, amount or number of people? Quantity and amount are used with non-countable nouns. In other words, you can only have a number of people (i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) but not a quantity such as 9 and a half people. This makes the correct answer, C, quite obvious. It is also unnecessary to use both ‘both’ and ‘alike’ in options B and D. D changes the meaning by using the active voice. Please note that ‘great numbers of’ is equivalent to ‘a great number of’.
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09 Dec 2018, 00:07
POE:
1. both / alike - never put together
2. quantity / amount / number - "quantity" & "amount" is used for uncountable nouns and "number" is used for countable (here people).
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