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sum vs amount #1 (permalink) Wed Mar 11, 2009 17:57 pm   sum vs amount
 

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ESL/EFL Test #72 "At the End of the Day (1)", question 3

but whatever the required ........., all of us need sleep at some time during the day or night.

(a) sum
(b) total
(c) amount
(d) lot

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ESL/EFL Test #72 "At the End of the Day (1)", answer 3

but whatever the required amount, all of us need sleep at some time during the day or night.

Correct answer: (c) amount
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sum vs amount #2 (permalink) Wed Mar 11, 2009 18:10 pm   sum vs amount
 

At the end of the day

again, sum would appear to be apt in this situation .,
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sum vs amount #3 (permalink) Fri Nov 23, 2012 2:25 am   sum vs amount
 

Hi Kitosdad. Your explanation says that ''sum'' is apt to the sentence. If you are correct then ''amount'' is incorrect. Am I right? Thanks.
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sum vs amount #4 (permalink) Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:57 am   sum vs amount
 

Hi Cristovam,

Kitosdad is suggesting that 'sum' would also be correct in this sentence.
This is because 'sum' and 'amount' can sometimes carry the same definition.
I agree with him that it could not be ruled out entirely, but think that of all the choices, 'amount' is the best option.
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sum vs amount #5 (permalink) Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:20 am   sum vs amount
 

Hi Cristovam.

This test is concerned with sleep and the sentences are all related to one another. In question 3 you have to use 'amount' because it refers to the quantity of sleep that people need. 'Sum of sleep' doesn't make sense because 'sum' is usually connected with totals, figures, calculations and so on.

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