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In 1914 a total of 469,000 cars and trucks were produced in the United States, but in 1929 almost twice the numbers of trucks alone came off the assembly lines

A) the numbers of trucks alone
b) that number of trucks alone
c) the number of trucks by themselves
d) as many trucks themselves
e) as many trucks by themselves
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Re: the number of cars and trucks [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2010, 17:16
B

D and E were tempting.

But C, D and E sound as if the author is comparing the number of trucks produced in 1914 to the number of trucks produced in 1929. I believe that the author meant to say the number of trucks produced in 1929 was twice the total number of cars and trucks produced 1914, so B is correct.
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Re: the number of cars and trucks [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2010, 12:27
B for me.

Is the only sentence that makes sense with respect to 469k. Other sentences do not reference trucks back to the 469k.
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Re: the number of cars and trucks [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2010, 14:13
I don't the issue here is idiom.
It is S-V agreement along with using the correct clause.

Subject is "total" verb must be "the number of"....
and need the restrictive clause to point to the subject.
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