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.