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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote ## Countable Noun Problem ##### This topic has 1 expert reply and 4 member replies ## Countable Noun Problem In 1800, women bore, on average, 7 children; by the Great Depression such an amount had dropped down to 2.2. a. such an amount had dropped down b. this figure had dropped c. such a number had dropped d. such a number is down e. the total is down OA = B I thought "amount" is not countable, and "number" is countable. Can someone explain why B is correct and C is incorrect. Thanks! Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 13 Mar 2009 Posted: 121 messages Followed by: 1 members Upvotes: 9 Target GMAT Score: 740 GMAT Score: 610 [quote="tonebeeze"]In 1800, women bore, on average, 7 children; by the Great Depression such an amount had dropped down to 2.2. a. such an amount had dropped down (Redundancy "down" and "dropped") b. this figure had dropped c. such a number had dropped (Usually, "such" is used to include example or of similar type. In the sentence, we are interested in this particular number not in other similar numbers.) d. such a number is down (Past perfect required. Present tense is wrong) e. the total is down (Past perfect required) Please let me know if you have further questions. Legendary Member Joined 26 Feb 2011 Posted: 1112 messages Followed by: 49 members Upvotes: 77 [quote="singh181"] tonebeeze wrote: In 1800, women bore, on average, 7 children; by the Great Depression such an amount had dropped down to 2.2. a. such an amount had dropped down (Redundancy "down" and "dropped") b. this figure had dropped c. such a number had dropped (Usually, "such" is used to include example or of similar type. In the sentence, we are interested in this particular number not in other similar numbers.) d. such a number is down (Past perfect required. Present tense is wrong) e. the total is down (Past perfect required) Please let me know if you have further questions. Nice explanation Legendary Member Joined 31 Oct 2009 Posted: 574 messages Followed by: 5 members Upvotes: 29 Target GMAT Score: 750 [quote="singh181"] tonebeeze wrote: In 1800, women bore, on average, 7 children; by the Great Depression such an amount had dropped down to 2.2. a. such an amount had dropped down (Redundancy "down" and "dropped") b. this figure had dropped c. such a number had dropped (Usually, "such" is used to include example or of similar type. In the sentence, we are interested in this particular number not in other similar numbers.) d. such a number is down (Past perfect required. Present tense is wrong) e. the total is down (Past perfect required) Please let me know if you have further questions. Grt Going Singh.. _________________ Regards Abhishek ------------------------------ MasterGmat Student ### GMAT/MBA Expert GMAT Instructor Joined 03 Jul 2008 Posted: 1031 messages Followed by: 253 members Upvotes: 716 GMAT Score: 750 Nice explanation, singh181! One more thing to add in response to tonebeeze's initial question: When applying your knowledge of idioms you can eliminate choices that clearly misuse an idiomatic expression. You cannot choose a choice simply because it uses an idiom correctly; similarly, you cannot eliminate a choice because it does not use your preferred idiom. This question is a good example. Yes, in a countable/uncountable situation you'd want to use "number", and not "amount", for a countable noun. But "figure" is a synonym for "number" - "figure" is not wrong! You could eliminate "amount" if you want, but that doesn't mean that "number" is definitively correct. There may be another correct way of phrasing the same thing other than the idiom that you've studied. One of our instructors told me that "the trickiest idioms I've learned on the GMAT I've learned by taking the GMATPrep tests", noting that "once I've eliminated all the wrong answers there's sometimes an idiom left standing that I never really knew before". The English language is huge - there are several ways to phrase any given thought (there are also multiple ways to do so; countless ways, even; you could even say that each thought could be expressed in any variety of ways). Please, please don't get in the habit of looking for one particular idiom - Sentence Correction is much more a test of your ability to eliminate what you know to be wrong than it is of searching for what you know to be right. _________________ Brian Galvin GMAT Instructor Director of Academic Programs Veritas Prep Looking for GMAT practice questions? Try out the Veritas Prep Question Bank. Learn More. Enroll in a Veritas Prep GMAT class completely for FREE. Wondering if a GMAT course is right for you? Attend the first class session of an actual GMAT course, either in-person or live online, and see for yourself why so many students choose to work with Veritas Prep. Find a class now! Legendary Member Joined 19 Jan 2010 Posted: 586 messages Followed by: 5 members Upvotes: 31 Test Date: 27th July 2011 GMAT Score: 730 someone please help me get this: according to the sentence, great depresion happened after 1800? and past perfect tense is used to describe the earlier of 2 past events? how can we use it here. help!! • 5 Day FREE Trial Study Smarter, Not Harder Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Free Veritas GMAT Class Experience Lesson 1 Live Free Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Free Practice Test & Review How would you score if you took the GMAT Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • FREE GMAT Exam Know how you'd score today for$0

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