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According to the National Science Foundation, in 2003 there [#permalink]
18 May 2012, 06:51

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According to the National Science Foundation, in 2003 there were 198,113 female science and engineering graduate students, almost 42% of the graduate students in those fields, twice as much as 1981.

a. twice as much as 1981

b. twice as many as 1981

c. double the figure for 1981

d. double what it was in 1981

e. a number double that of 1981’s

I know this question has been discussed on the forum previously, but i am still not sure whether i understand the question fully.

Re: According to the national science foundation [#permalink]
18 May 2012, 07:51

A - as much for numbers is wrong B - X, twice as many as - this is right construction. Needs the number right before twice to modify. D - 'what it was' - wordy and it has no clear referent E - 'that' has no clear referent.

Re: According to the National Science Foundation, in 2003 there [#permalink]
30 Sep 2012, 17:10

According to the National Science Foundation, in 2003 there were 198,113 female science and engineering graduate students, almost 42% of the graduate students in those fields, twice as much as 1981.

a. twice as much as 1981 Incorrect comparison.

b. twice as many as 1981 Incorrect comparison.

c. double the figure for 1981 Correct

d. double what it was in 1981 Incorrect comparison.

e. a number double that of 1981’s - Not sure but i think possessive is not needed here as that (number) is already present.