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In the 1980s the rate of increase of the minority population [#permalink]
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In the 1980â€™s the rate of increase of the minority population of the United States was nearly twice as fast as the 1970â€™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
A should be discarded because it compares rate of increase with the 1970's. The same happens in E. D and B are wrong because the meaning is incorrect: a rate of increase can not be fast. Only C remains.
In the 1980тАЩs the rate of increase of the minority population of the United States was nearly twice as fast as the 1970тАЩs. (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
We are comparing the rate of increase in the 1980s to the rate of increase in the 1970s. In D, "that" modifies the rate (at the beginning of the sentance.
a) wrong comparison: 1980s rate (a rate) compare to 1970 (year)
b) "it" has no clear referant (does it refer to rate or the minority population). Actually, the correct pronoun for population should be "they"
c) what is unneccessary.
e) again incorrect comparison (same as A)
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