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The number of people flying first class on domestic flights

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The number of people flying first class on domestic flights [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2012, 01:45
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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.

A. doubling the increase of
B. doubling that of the increase in
C. double as much as the increase of
D. twice as many as the increase in
E. twice as many as the increase of

I found this question very tricky because I could make no sense of it

What do statements A and B mean? doubling the increase?
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Re: flyers [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2012, 21:08
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+1 for A.

I am not very good with the double vs twice questions :) . But the general principle is that twice is an adverb , while double is essentially an adjective.

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doubling the increase of -- correctly describe the result of rose
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Re: flyers [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2012, 21:54
(A) doubling the increase of
phrase refers back to the subject of the main verb "number of people..."

(B) doubling that of the increase in
"that of" does not have a clear antecedent.

(C) double as much as the increase of
"twice as much as" is the correct form

(D) twice as many as the increase in
"many" cannot be used as comparative for the subject "number", needs to be "much".

(E) twice as many as the increase of
same as D
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Re: flyers [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2012, 20:42
Slightly digressing... the number of is countable.. right? if yes then why much and not many? much is used for non countable..

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(A) doubling the increase of
phrase refers back to the subject of the main verb "number of people..."

(B) doubling that of the increase in
"that of" does not have a clear antecedent.

(C) double as much as the increase of
"twice as much as" is the correct form

(D) twice as many as the increase in
"many" cannot be used as comparative for the subject "number", needs to be "much".

(E) twice as many as the increase of
same as D
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Re: flyers [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2012, 15:32
I agree with devinawilliam83. Double is the countable and can be used with idiom as many as. infact the use of "as much as" is incorrect here.

Somebody please explain this.
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Re: flyers [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2012, 18:35
Sarang wrote:
I agree with devinawilliam83. Double is the countable and can be used with idiom as many as. infact the use of "as much as" is incorrect here.

Somebody please explain this.


You are absolutely correct.

But what is the confusion ? C is not the correct choice because of the countable vs uncountable noun.

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Re: flyers [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2012, 21:49
No matter how many times i do it......... i always fall in same trap........... :evil:
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