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The number of people flying first class on domestic flights [#permalink]  04 Aug 2011, 05:20
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The number of people flying first class on domestic flights rose sharply in 1990, doubling the increase of the previous year

i) doubling the increase of
ii) doubling that of the increase in
iii) double as much as the increase of
iv) twice as many as the increase in
v) twice as many as the increase of

I went with choice V, let me know your comments which answer choice you think is correct?

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Re: Doubling Vs As Many As [#permalink]  04 Aug 2011, 06:01
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As the increase was through 1990s [1990-1999], it is an on-going thing: hence, we need doubling.

leave w/ A & B.

In B, 'that of the increase' doesn't make sense. Hence, A looks perfect.
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Re: Doubling Vs As Many As [#permalink]  04 Aug 2011, 07:37
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Can you explain clearly i didnt get it
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Re: Doubling Vs As Many As [#permalink]  04 Aug 2011, 08:01
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I need to understand this too. What is the difference in usage of doubling and as many as?
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Re: Doubling Vs As Many As [#permalink]  04 Aug 2011, 08:18
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Schandok;

1.It is not ‘through the 90’s’ that the text is referring to. It is just the year of 1990 in comparison to the previous year.

2. Even if it is through the 90’s, it is a thing of past and it is not an on- going thing now.

3. Doubling is not used in a progressive sense here. It is a used as a present participle.

What is in comparison here? It is the increase this year compared to the increase last year. Increase is used as a non-countable noun and therefore singular in nature.

So countables such ‘as many as’ are unidiomatic. D and E are out.

In C, ‘double as much as the increase ’ is redundant because the doubling itself is of the increase;

B is wrong for again using a redundant phrase of ‘doubling that of

Eventually A is the remainder, evading all the errors and keeping it brief and correct
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Re: Doubling Vs As Many As [#permalink]  04 Aug 2011, 08:47
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Schandok;

1.It is not ‘through the 90’s’ that the text is referring to. It is just the year of 1990 in comparison to the previous year.

2. Even if it is through the 90’s, it is a thing of past and it is not an on- going thing now.

3. Doubling is not used in a progressive sense here. It is a used as a present participle.

What is in comparison here? It is the increase this year compared to the increase last year. Increase is used as a non-countable noun and therefore singular in nature.

So countables such ‘as many as’ are unidiomatic. D and E are out.

In C, ‘double as much as the increase ’ is redundant because the doubling itself is of the increase;

B is wrong for again using a redundant phrase of ‘doubling that of

Eventually A is the remainder, evading all the errors and keeping it brief and correct

Can you please explain why is comparison from year to year considered as progression here? Also, the difference between "doubling" and "as many as".
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Re: Doubling Vs As Many As [#permalink]  04 Aug 2011, 09:58
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If you are asking me, then I wish to say, that I never considered comparison from year to year as progression. By progression I hope you mean ‘going forward’ or ‘moving ahead’. I haven’t said any of that sort.

Secondly it is a plain compriosn between 1990 and 1989, its previous year. How do you surmise that it is form year to year?

I did not get what the gist of your second query is. ‘Doubling’ is making or rising 100% more( both countable – as in doubling the number of seats in the auditorium and and non-countable as in doubling the capacity of the tank ) ; ‘as many as’ is a simple positive degree of comparison between two countable nouns.

Or am I missing your point?
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Re: Doubling Vs As Many As [#permalink]  04 Aug 2011, 10:19
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@sgupta0827

If you are asking me, then I wish to say, that I never considered comparison from year to year as progression. By progression I hope you mean ‘going forward’ or ‘moving ahead’. I haven’t said any of that sort.

Secondly it is a plain compriosn between 1990 and 1989, its previous year. How do you surmise that it is form year to year?

I did not get what the gist of your second query is. ‘Doubling’ is making or rising 100% more( both countable – as in doubling the number of seats in the auditorium and and non-countable as in doubling the capacity of the tank ) ; ‘as many as’ is a simple positive degree of comparison between two countable nouns.

Or am I missing your point?

In the third question, you used progression. I am not sure if you did that only to explain the third choice specifically. Here is a snippet from your previous post:

3. Doubling is not used in a progressive sense here. It is a used as a present participle.

What is in comparison here? It is the increase this year compared to the increase last year. Increase is used as a non-countable noun and therefore singular in nature.

[color=#400000]Isn't year-to-year and year-on-year are supposed to be same? Y-o-Y is used in business to compare the results from previous year. I wanted to say to compare from previous year only, but I guess I messed it up while posting.

My question in the second query was what is the difference between "doubling" and "as many as", that you answered already. I figured why doubling is more appropriate than "as many as" in this sentence.[color=#400000]
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Re: Doubling Vs As Many As [#permalink]  04 Aug 2011, 10:27
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I said 'in a progressive sense" meaning that it is not be used as ' is doubling' i.e present continuous tense. I did not say progression

P.S: For your earnestness in analyzing this topic, I feel you deserve a Kudos.
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Re: Doubling Vs As Many As [#permalink]  04 Aug 2011, 22:13
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daagh wrote:
I said 'in a progressive sense" meaning that it is not be used as ' is doubling' i.e present continuous tense. I did not say progression

P.S: For your earnestness in analyzing this topic, I feel you deserve a Kudos.

Thanks Daagh.
Selected D but found discussion useful, Let me go through again in morning, missed some part.

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Re: Doubling Vs As Many As [#permalink]  04 Aug 2011, 22:38
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+1 for A.

I arrived at A by finding faults in other choices.

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Re: The number of people flying first class on domestic flights [#permalink]  04 Feb 2013, 00:39
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The number of people flying first class on domestic flights rose sharply in 1990, doubling the increase of the previous year

i) doubling the increase of
ii) doubling that of the increase in
iii) double as much as the increase of
iv) twice as many as the increase in
v) twice as many as the increase of

I went with choice V, let me know your comments which answer choice you think is correct?

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"double as much", "twice as many" usage will appear as modifier of the noun it touches... Hence, C,D and E modify the year 1990. This is incorrect. Eliminate C,D and E.

"doubling..." is compatible as a verb modifier... Modifying the event mentioned by the sentence... or Verb ROSE sharply....
The main difference of A and B is the usage of "that of"... There is no need to use "that of". We simply modify the clause by saying that the event doubled the increase of the previous year... That of is redundant in this case.

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