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# The speculative fever of the Roaring Twenties infected rich

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The speculative fever of the Roaring Twenties infected rich [#permalink]

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10 Jul 2005, 12:43
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The speculative fever of the Roaring Twenties infected rich and poor alike; vast quantities of people were dangerously overextended, credit was absurdly easy to obtain, and most brokerage houses required only ten percent cash for stocks bought on â€œmargin.â€

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10 Jul 2005, 12:59
C should be it.

quantity and amount can be used with mass nouns.

quantity of water and amount of water.

Number is used for count nouns.

(A) rich and poor alike; vast quantities of people were dangerously overextended
- OUT vast is used for varieties or differences, not people
(B) both rich and poor alike; large amounts of people dangerously overextended themselves
- OUT amount is used for non-count, morover themselves is used..
(C) rich and poor alike; great numbers of people were dangerously overextended
- keep this
(D) both rich and poor alike; vast amounts of people dangerously overextended themselves
- OUT amount is used for non-count and morover themselves is used..
(E) both rich and poor; great quantities of people were dangerously overextended
- OUT need alike to show similarity

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10 Jul 2005, 13:02
I will go with C.
Amount is uncountable - How much amount of money do you have?
Number is countable - How many coins do you have?

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Re: SC: Number Vs Amount, Quantity [#permalink]

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10 Jul 2005, 18:01
agree with C.
great numbers is required here to quantify the count-noun, people. people are counted in number, not in amounts, nor in quantities.
to maintain the underlined part should also be in passive.

OG-type and good one.

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10 Jul 2005, 20:20
From what I read before, "numbers of" is always wrong. Is there a typo in the question ?

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10 Jul 2005, 20:55
In B, D, E, both is redundant.
amount & quantity are used for uncountable nouns while number is used for countable nouns.

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11 Jul 2005, 00:03
forumsmba wrote:
From what I read before, "numbers of" is always wrong. Is there a typo in the question ?

Check this out

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=15658

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11 Jul 2005, 12:04
My answer is C.

BTW... The difference between number and amount comes straight from my SC notes

Here goes

Amount is used to refer to an uncountable quantity, like soup, love, water etc.
Number is used to refer to a countable item or items

C it is.

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11 Jul 2005, 15:38
E it is.

Quantity can be used for both countable and uncountable.

Besides, both...and is the right idiom.

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10 Sep 2007, 02:07
Can someone please explain when to use amount vs number. I thought you can use number when something is countable.

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