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17. In the 1980’s the rate of increase of the minority

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17. In the 1980’s the rate of increase of the minority
population of the United States was nearly twice as
fast as
the 1970’s.

(A) twice as fast as
(B) twice as fast as it was in
(C) twice what it was in
(D) two times faster than that of
(E) two times greater than
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C, 30 sec
A and B are out because rate of increase can be doubled but not faster than anything else.
D and E are out because "two times" can be neatly reduced to "twice"
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2004, 22:51
1 vote for C. "twice what it was" cos it is "the rate of increase" not increase.
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Agree with Paul on C, but as an afterthought I feel that C should be framed as "twice of what it was in"

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My shot is --- A (nothing wrong with the orginal)
Explinations later.
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(B) twice as fast as it was in

D & E change the meaning of original sentence..It is only two times, not greater than or faster than that.

A is not in parellel.

C is missing something." twice to what it was" may be better one.
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Definitely C. The structure is correct.

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Im still inclined towards B...

IMO for C to be right it should be ...'twice of what it was in'

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 [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2004, 14:14
twice = two times
Let's rewrite this with "two times" as it may be easier to explain

In the 1980’s the rate of increase of the minority population of the United States was nearly two times what it was in the 1970’s
"what it was in" = the rate of increase of
--> The rate of increase of the 1980's was two times the rate of increase of the 1970's
Let's simplify this to:
X = The rate of increase of the 1980's
Y = The rate of increase of the 1970's
Do we say:
1- X was two times Y
or
2- X was two times of Y?
Since twice is equivalent to "two times", the same logic applies. You should NOT have "of" inserted in between.
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