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Without adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and also new factual information may not get properly encoded into their memory circuits.


A. Without adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and also

B. Without the adequate amount of sleep they need, people's newly acquired skills and even

C. If they do not have adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and even

D. If people do not get adequate amounts of sleep, newly acquired skills and even

E. If people do not get the adequate amount of sleep they need, newly acquired skills and also


Pls clarify the usage of "amounts of sleep" ? Is sleep a countable or uncountable noun here?

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what is the difference between ' amounts of sleep' and 'amount of sleep'


Hi Sachin,

There is just a minor difference, consider the following sentences

I am not getting proper amount of sleep these days --> Single amount of one person.

We are not getting proper amounts of sleep these days --> As we have many people here, amounts is used; different amounts for different people.

The amounts of money with people is not increasing at a rate as it did previously.

two more examples.

The amount of raw ash in the atmosphere is greater in New York than in Washington.

The amounts of raw ash in the atmosphere in US cities are greater than those in developing countries such as Brazil.


Note that amount can be used both as countable and non-countable.

non-countable --> No amount of help can pull him out of his misery. --> amounts of help will be incorrect.

Also see this --> http://oald8.oxfordlearnersdictionaries ... ary/amount

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The first thing I notice is the use of noun modifiers at the beginning of both (A) and (B):

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A. Without adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and also
B. Without the adequate amount of sleep they need, people's newly acquired skills and even


Without adequate amounts of sleep,..." - logically, this modifier should describe people. But in (A), there are no "people", really: since "people's" is possessive, the opening modifier describes "people's skills." And it wouldn't make sense to talk about the sleep habits of "people's skills." Eliminate (A).

(B) is even worse. We still have the same problem with the opening noun modifier, which technically describes skills and information rather than people. We also have a subject pronoun ("they") trying to refer to a possessive noun ("people's"), and this is not allowed (for more on possessive pronouns, check out this thread). Finally, the addition of "they need" is redundant, since an "adequate amount" is, by definition, the amount needed. Eliminate (B).

In (C), we once again have a subject pronoun ("they") trying to refer to a possessive noun ("people's"). As written, "they" seems to refer to "skills" and "information", and this is illogical.

(D) and (E) are pretty similar, but we've already established that "adequate" + "they need", as used in choice (E), is redundant. In addition, the word "also" is unnecessary in (E). For example, I would say, "Mike likes to drink beer and wine", not "Mike likes to drink beer and also wine." (D) doesn't have any redundancy issues ("even" is correctly used as an adverb for emphasis), so that's our answer.
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A. Without adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and also (and also together is not correct)
B. Without the adequate amount of sleep they need, people's newly acquired skills and even (no mention of who they are)
C. If they do not have adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and even (same as above)
D. If people do not get adequate amounts of sleep, newly acquired skills and even (best choice)
E. If people do not get the adequate amount of sleep they need, newly acquired skills and also (same as option A)
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what is the difference between ' amounts of sleep' and 'amount of sleep'
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For E- the Off explanation says adequate..they need is redundant. Also the use of 'and also' makes sense to me. !! :)

But in D it says newly acquired skills and 'even'. I do not see a difference here between 'skills and also' and 'skills and even'.

@vercules- could you comment?
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For E- the Off explanation says adequate..they need is redundant. Also the use of 'and also' makes sense to me. !! :)

But in D it says newly acquired skills and 'even'. I do not see a difference here between 'skills and also' and 'skills and even'.

@vercules- could you comment?


Hi rajathpanta,

'and also' is considered redundant on the GMAT. It can be replaced by the simple 'and' without changing the meaning. 'and even' is used to put more emphasis on the phrase coming after. To put it in simple words, just remember that GMAT considers 'and also' redundant.

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Without adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and also new factual information may not get properly encoded into their memory circuits.

A. Without adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and also
B. Without the adequate amount of sleep they need, people's newly acquired skills and even
C. If they do not have adequate amounts of sleep, people's newly acquired skills and even
D. If people do not get adequate amounts of sleep, newly acquired skills and even
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Hi,

The Q is related to Modifiers...

WHO is "without adequate amounts of sleep",it is the PEOPLE and not their skills....
So A,B and C are out..

Left with D and E, the point is between adequate amounts of sleep and the adequate amount of sleep...
We are not talking of some specific thing, so THE is not required.

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Can you also throw some light on the usage of 'amount of something' and 'amounts of something'. Do they mean the same? Under what scenarios can the usage of 'amounts of' be right and wrong?
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Can you also throw some light on the usage of 'amount of something' and 'amounts of something'. Do they mean the same? Under what scenarios can the usage of 'amounts of' be right and wrong?


Interesting question, Vyshak. I don't really think it's an issue at all -- they don't really differ substantially in meaning, and I can't really think of a case when one would be correct and another would be incorrect. Honestly, the singular version ("amount of sleep") sounds better to me, but the GMAT clearly has no problem with "amounts of sleep"... and as usual, the GMAT really doesn't care what I think sounds better. :lol:

So I wouldn't worry about it. It's never the deciding factor in any official questions.
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Because of other errors, obviously Option E eliminates all other options.

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I think "adequate amount" is correct usage while "adequate amounts" is not.

Can someone throw some light on this?
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In generalizations, 'adequate 'amount' is better, but adequate 'amounts' is also passable if the singular 'amount' is not there. However, 'the adequate amount' is indeed wrong in the context.
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Because of other errors, obviously Option E eliminates all other options.

But

I think "adequate amount" is correct usage while "adequate amounts" is not.

Can someone throw some light on this?

First, if you're trying to conquer the GMAT, there is no such thing as an incorrect usage in a correct answer! Our goal is never to challenge the OA's from official material - it's to understand why a given construction is acceptable in the GMAT's eyes. (Full disclosure: as a former editor and freelance writer, I often disagree with the GMAT's ideas about English grammar and usage. But those disagreements are 100% useless. :grin:)

Anyway, the distinction between "amount" and "amounts" boils down to whether we're referring to a single quantity or multiple quantities.

If we were referring to a single value, we'd use "amount." For example, "Last night Souvik passed out for 14 hours, a genuinely staggering amount of sleep."

If we were referring to multiple values, we'd use "amounts." For example, "During the last two nights, Souvik passed out for 14 and 16 hours respectively, genuinely staggering amounts of sleep."

Now consider answer choice (E):

Quote:
If people do not get adequate amounts of sleep, newly acquired skills and even...

Because we're dealing with multiple "people" who are likely sleeping for different lengths of time, this construction is analogous to the second example above in which "amounts" refers to more than one quantity.

I hope that helps!
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