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The number of people flying first class on domestic flights [#permalink]
14 Jul 2009, 09:25

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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
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Re: double vs twice [#permalink]
29 May 2011, 08:37

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bigoyal wrote:

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

Simple and Tricky and not many explanation on this. I encountered it in the GMAT prep test and chose random as I couldn't figure out .. though I suspected A and C

later on what I understood - after comma whatever comes need to modify/explain the sentence... absolute phrase

In such scenario, C, D & E type of construction does not work .. Correct construction would be something like this ...The man is twice as old as his son So we are left with a and b; Out of this a is correct as ... B changes the meaning

Re: The number of people flying first class on domestic flights [#permalink]
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Hi All,

The number of people flying first class on domestic flights rose sharply in 1990, doubling the increase of the previous year.

Let’s first understand the meaning of this sentence. The year 1990 experienced a sharp rise in the number of people flying first class on domestic flights. This rise doubled the increase seen previous year.

Error Analysis:

This sentence uses verb-ing modifier “doubling” preceded by a comma. This means that this modifier will modify the entire preceding clause. Usage of “doubling” is correct here because it correctly presents the result of the preceding clause. There was a rise sharp in the number of specific passengers. This rise doubled the increased witnessed the previous year. Hence there is no error in this sentence.

POE:

a. doubling the increase of: Correct for the reason stated above.

b. doubling that of the increase in: Incorrect. 1. There is no antecedent of pronoun “that”. 2. When we say “increase in something”, the phrase means that “something” has increased itself. Hence, this phrase does not make sense in this choice as it suggests that “the previous year” increased itself.

c. double as much as the increase of: Incorrect. 1. Here “double”, a noun modifier has no particular noun to refer to. 2. The correct way to say is “double the increase” and not “double as much as the increase…”.

d. twice as many as the increase in: Inocrrect. 1. Noun modifier “twice” dos not have a noun to refer to. 2. Use of “many” for uncountable noun “increase” is incorrect. 3. Repeats the idiom error of choice B.

e. twice as many as the increase of: Incorrect. This choice repeats the first two errors of Choice D.

Hope this helps. Thanks. Shraddha
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Re: double vs twice [#permalink]
14 Jul 2009, 09:32

bigoyal wrote:

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

A sounds right to me. "the number of people" is singular so that makes C, D, and E wrong.

Re: double vs twice [#permalink]
15 Jul 2009, 00:06

ugimba wrote:

bigoyal wrote:

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

A sounds right to me. "the number of people" is singular so that makes C, D, and E wrong.

A sounds better than B ..

No one has explained the reasons ,

@ugimba: Why you are not considering C,D & E?? What is th philosphy behind "the number of people"???
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Re: double vs twice [#permalink]
15 Jul 2009, 05:15

Hussain15 wrote:

ugimba wrote:

bigoyal wrote:

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

A sounds right to me. "the number of people" is singular so that makes C, D, and E wrong.

A sounds better than B ..

No one has explained the reasons ,

@ugimba: Why you are not considering C,D & E?? What is th philosphy behind "the number of people"???

Hussain15, 'the number of' is singular and C, D, E are all talking about plural things so comparision here is not correct.

look into MGMAT SC book for 'the number of' usage. that book has good examples.