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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 ## GMAT prep question-Confusing one ! ##### This topic has 1 expert reply and 4 member replies ## GMAT prep question-Confusing one ! Many airline carriers are attempting to increase profitability while keeping overhead low by offering, in terms of flights,an equal amount as last year, doing so by using larger planes that fly more efficiently. A. an equal amount as last year,doing so by B. the same number offered last year C. an equal amount offered last year and D. the same number as last year but E. an equal number as were offered last year, I am confused where to use amount and when to use number? ### GMAT/MBA Expert GMAT Instructor Joined 25 May 2010 Posted: 15388 messages Followed by: 1872 members Upvotes: 13060 GMAT Score: 790 Top Reply Mo2men wrote: prakashchandra wrote: Many airline carriers are attempting to increase profitability while keeping overhead low by offering, in terms of flights,an equal amount as last year, doing so by using larger planes that fly more efficiently. A. an equal amount as last year,doing so by B. the same number offered last year C. an equal amount offered last year and D. the same number as last year but E. an equal number as were offered last year, I am confused where to use amount and when to use number? Dear GMATGuru, Could you shed light on solving this question please? Are not 'amount' used for uncountable while the number is for countable? As we talk about 'flights', then 'amount' is incorrect, isn't it? To refer to a noun that takes a SINGULAR verb, we use amount. To refer to a noun that takes a PLURAL verb, we use number. A and C: in terms of flights, an equal amount Here, amount cannot serve to refer to flights (a noun that takes a plural verb). Eliminate A and C. E: an equal number as were offered Here, were offered lacks a plural subject. Eliminate E. B: the same number offered last year using larger planes Here, the phrase in red seems to modify the portion in blue, implying that carriers were USING larger planes LAST YEAR. Not the intended meaning. The intended meaning of the original sentence is that carriers are using larger planes THIS YEAR to increase profitability. Eliminate B. The correct answer is D. _________________ Mitch Hunt Private Tutor for the GMAT and GRE GMATGuruNY@gmail.com If you find one of my posts helpful, please take a moment to click on the "UPVOTE" icon. Available for tutoring in NYC and long-distance. For more information, please email me at GMATGuruNY@gmail.com. Student Review #1 Student Review #2 Student Review #3 Free GMAT Practice Test How can you improve your test score if you don't know your baseline score? Take a free online practice exam. Get started on achieving your dream score today! Sign up now. Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 19 Sep 2013 Posted: 269 messages Followed by: 7 members Upvotes: 94 prakashchandra wrote: Many airline carriers are attempting to increase profitability while keeping overhead low by offering, in terms of flights,an equal amount as last year, doing so by using larger planes that fly more efficiently. A. an equal amount as last year,doing so by B. the same number offered last year C. an equal amount offered last year and D. the same number as last year but E. an equal number as were offered last year, Number of flights is can be "counted" so number should be used here (not amount). Countable things --> Use: fewer, many, number ... Uncountable things --> Use: little, less, much, amount ... We are left with B, D, and E. Only D presents a contrast by using but; correct answer D Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts Joined 02 Apr 2013 Posted: 14 messages Thanks for clarification! Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts Joined 02 Apr 2013 Posted: 14 messages prakashchandra wrote: Thanks for clarification! Legendary Member Joined 25 Sep 2015 Posted: 691 messages Followed by: 5 members Upvotes: 14 prakashchandra wrote: Many airline carriers are attempting to increase profitability while keeping overhead low by offering, in terms of flights,an equal amount as last year, doing so by using larger planes that fly more efficiently. A. an equal amount as last year,doing so by B. the same number offered last year C. an equal amount offered last year and D. the same number as last year but E. an equal number as were offered last year, I am confused where to use amount and when to use number? Dear GMATGuru, Could you shed light on solving this question please? Are not 'amount' used for uncountable while the number is for countable? As we talk about 'flights', then 'amount' is incorrect, isn't it? • Free Trial & Practice Exam BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Magoosh Study with Magoosh GMAT prep Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Award-winning private GMAT tutoring Register now and save up to$200

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