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# Urban officials want the census to be as accurate and

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Urban officials want the census to be as accurate and complete as possible for the reason that the amount of low-income people in a given area affect the distribution of about fifty billion dollars a year in federal funds.
(A)for the reason that the amount of low-income people in a given area affect
(B)for the reason because the amount of low-income people in a given area effects
(C)in that the amount of low-income people in given areas effect
(D)because the number of low-income people in a given area affects
(E)because the numbers of low-income people in given areas effects

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06 Mar 2004, 11:29
The initial phrase in the first answer choice is wordy, the second answer choice is unidiomatic, and the third answer choice does not precisely establish causal relationship.
Also, amount is incorrect; number refers to a group of countable members, whereas amount is for undifferentiated masses such as sand or water.
There is no subject-verb agreement in the first answer choice (amount ...affect), the third answer choice (amount...effect), or the last answer choice (numbers ...effects); moreover, the proper verb here is affects, not effects. In the last answer choice, numbers and areas should be singular, not only to agree with the verb but also to refer precisely to the sum total of low-income people in each region where the census is conducted.

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22 Jun 2007, 12:39
vivek_dj wrote:
The initial phrase in the first answer choice is wordy, the second answer choice is unidiomatic, and the third answer choice does not precisely establish causal relationship.
Also, amount is incorrect; number refers to a group of countable members, whereas amount is for undifferentiated masses such as sand or water.
There is no subject-verb agreement in the first answer choice (amount ...affect), the third answer choice (amount...effect), or the last answer choice (numbers ...effects); moreover, the proper verb here is affects, not effects. In the last answer choice, numbers and areas should be singular, not only to agree with the verb but also to refer precisely to the sum total of low-income people in each region where the census is conducted.

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excellent analysis!

I like this question because choices can be removed if you knew one of two or three key points were wrong in a sentence.
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22 Jun 2007, 12:44
vivek_dj wrote:
Urban officials want the census to be as accurate and complete as possible for the reason that the amount of low-income people in a given area affect the distribution of about fifty billion dollars a year in federal funds.
(A)for the reason that the amount of low-income people in a given area affect
(B)for the reason because the amount of low-income people in a given area effects
(C)in that the amount of low-income people in given areas effect
(D)because the number of low-income people in a given area affects
(E)because the numbers of low-income people in given areas effects

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(A)for the reason that the amount of low-income people in a given area affect
for the reason is wordy and can be replaced by because, which is appropriate in that it shows a causal relationship.
amount refers to uncountable things such as the amount of sand. People is countable (1 person.)

(B)for the reason because the amount of low-income people in a given area effects
for the reason is wordy and can be replaced by because, which is appropriate in that it shows a causal relationship.
amount refers to uncountable things such as the amount of sand. People is countable (1 person.)
Affects vs effects. see post above.

(C)in that the amount of low-income people in given areas effect
see post above.

(D)because the number of low-income people in a given area affects
correct

(E)because the numbers of low-income people in given areas effects
the number of low income people
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05 Jan 2011, 09:16
D....between D,E
affect--verb
effect-noun
Re: SC-58   [#permalink] 05 Jan 2011, 09:16
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