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In the 1980’s the rate of increase of the minority population of the United States was nearly twice as fast as the 1970’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

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16 Mar 2009, 03:11
"the rate of increase ..." is the Subject--say X

Now X-->Comparing with whom?
IN A--it is with "1970's"
only B compares it correctly
E OUT--cant be greater(fast/faster--> the right words)
C is OUT too
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In the 1980’s the rate of increase of the minority population of the United States was nearly twice as fast as the 1970’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(rate of increase) of
(E) two times greater than

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16 Mar 2009, 03:56
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I feel even C compares it properly... can you please elaborate ?
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It is a well-discussed question.

"rate" can be niether fast nor slow - it is just a number.
C.
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16 Mar 2009, 05:39
I think its B for parallelism: "In the 1980's" & "twice as fast as it was in the 1970's"
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17 Mar 2009, 08:28
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the usage of "rate of increase" with fast is redundant. Hence C is the best choice
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In the 1980’s the rate of increase of the minority population of the United States was nearly twice as fast as the 1970’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

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16 Feb 2010, 07:19
Does anyone know the correct answer? Is it C or B?
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16 Feb 2010, 09:40
I think its B ..
Anyone knows the correct answer??
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16 Feb 2010, 10:27
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(C) should be the correct answer because "faster rate" makes no sense, it's no car or no horse, just some number, percentage.

All answer choices except (C) and (E) use adjective "faster". In (E) "rate of increase" is compared with "the 1970's" and also makes no sense

Hence (C)
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16 Feb 2010, 10:49
I would go with B ,
Do we have a definitive answer for this question?
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16 Feb 2010, 12:07
I think B & C both are correct
but since C got superior because it is more Concise than B.
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I think B & C both are correct
but since C got superior because it is more Concise than B.

B is incorrect - "rate" is just a number and can not be "fast/slow"
C is correct.
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17 Feb 2010, 06:34
But don't you people think that 'it' can refer to both 'increase' as well as 'population'?
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17 Feb 2010, 06:54
Here in this sentence the comparison element is "the rate of increase" not 'rate" and i think "the rate of increase" can be fast n slow [:)]

Think the only reason C is correct is C is precise(mentioned by amod243)
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17 Feb 2010, 07:25
My Ans is 'C'
'B' and 'C' come close to be correct.
However in 'B', 'fast rate of increase' is incorrect. Use of 'fast' here is redundant.
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17 Feb 2010, 20:34
I would vote for B.

In C what & it are redundant since both are replacing the rate of increase.
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18 Feb 2010, 01:18
My choice will be B, what is the OA?
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18 Feb 2010, 01:25
The OA is C. This question was discussed many times before.
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18 Feb 2010, 17:27
I chose C after quickly eliminating A and B. C is grammatically correct and concise.

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18 Feb 2010, 21:23
I chose A

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