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A recent study of the United States tort system indicates [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2012, 03:24
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A recent study of the United States tort system indicates that in 2004, accident, product liability, and other tort costs totaled $260 billion, twice as many as 1990.

(a) twice as many as 1990
(b) twice as much as 1990
(c) twice the amount spent in 1990
(d) a number double those of 1990’s
(e) a number double that of 1990’s
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Going with C.

Underlined part in the sentence should modify - 260 Billion $.

(A) - that amount 260 Bn $ cant be compared to year 1990, it should be the cost in that year 1990.
(B) - Same error as in A
(D) - a number double those of 1990's - Incorrect expression - those is used for Plurals, that should have been used here and secondly apostrophe in 1990 is not required.
(E) - apostrophe in 1990 is not required.

Hence C.




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A recent study of the United States tort system indicates that in 2004, accident, product liability, and other tort costs totaled $260 billion, twice as many as 1990.

(a) twice as many as 1990
(b) twice as much as 1990
(c) twice the amount spent in 1990
(d) a number double those of 1990’s
(e) a number double that of 1990’s

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Re: A recent study of the United States [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2012, 05:12
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A recent study of the United States tort system indicates that in 2004, accident, product liability, and other tort costs totaled $260 billion, twice as many as 1990.

(a) twice as many as 1990
(b) twice as much as 1990
(c) twice the amount spent in 1990
(d) a number double those of 1990’s
(e) a number double that of 1990’s


What are the two items being compared? Before the comma, we are talking about cost. After the comma, it is 1990. It is an incorrect comparison. Let's compare $260 million with costs in 1990.

A. Above mentioned comparison error.
B. Above mentioned comparison error.
C. This seems to be correct.
D. This is an awkward construction where dollar amount is referred to as a number, and in parallel to 1990's. "those" is again not valid.
E. Same as above. Parallelism issue.

C is the right choice.
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