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72. The number of undergraduate degrees in engineering awarded by colleges and universities in the United
States increased by more than twice from 1978 to 1985.
(A) increased by more than twice
(B) increased more than two times
(C) more than doubled
(D) was more than doubled

Never even considered C thought the answer would either be A or B.
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72. The number of undergraduate degrees in engineering awarded by colleges and universities in the United
States increased by more than twice from 1978 to 1985.
(A) increased by more than twice
(B) increased more than two times
(C) more than doubled
(D) was more than doubled

Never even considered C thought the answer would either be A or B.

Hi Shikhar ,
Another good question buddy. +1 kudo for the same.
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(A) increased by more than twice : Twice is an adverb and it cannot be an object of by which is a preposition and by requires a noun in place of an adverb.

(B) increased more than two times : When the number of degrees "increased more than two times," that means over the period of 1978 to 1985, it has gone up at least twice: maybe in 1980 and then in 1981. The other times, it has stayed steady or gone down.

(C) more than doubled : doubled is used correctly in the simple past and is correct.

D & E . incorrect use of tenses in both the cases.

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Option C in my opinion, simple past tense
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Agree C, other answers are awkward
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C is obviously the best, very clear meanign and concise.

I dont think it has to be in the passive tense, were just looking for the best answer.
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14 Apr 2013, 07:41
shikhar wrote:
72. The number of undergraduate degrees in engineering awarded by colleges and universities in the United
States increased by more than twice from 1978 to 1985.
(A) increased by more than twice
(B) increased more than two times
(C) more than doubled
(D) was more than doubled

Never even considered C thought the answer would either be A or B.

Hi Shikhar ,
Another good question buddy. +1 kudo for the same.
Explanation

(A) increased by more than twice : Twice is an adverb and it cannot be an object of by which is a preposition and by requires a noun in place of an adverb.

(B) increased more than two times : When the number of degrees "increased more than two times," that means over the period of 1978 to 1985, it has gone up at least twice: maybe in 1980 and then in 1981. The other times, it has stayed steady or gone down.

(C) more than doubled : doubled is used correctly in the simple past and is correct.

D & E . incorrect use of tenses in both the cases.

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Thanks for the nice explanation. I agree that C is simple past and should be the answer but doesn't it make the sentence look awkward....
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The number ............................more than doubled from 1978 to 1985.....than is generally used to the comparisons.

For ex Priya is more beautiful than Shreya - Is this comparison correct ?
or Jack has 10 more coins than Daniel
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29 Sep 2015, 05:04
We know, things take “more” and number takes “greater.” For example:

The number of apples is greater than that of oranges.
There are more apples than oranges

So, why 'greater' is not used here? Since the question talks about the
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29 Sep 2015, 09:33
shikhar wrote:
72. The number of undergraduate degrees in engineering awarded by colleges and universities in the United
States increased by more than twice from 1978 to 1985.
(A) increased by more than twice
(B) increased more than two times
(C) more than doubled
(D) was more than doubled

Never even considered C thought the answer would either be A or B.

Simple past tense. It is easy to rule out B,D,E. Option C is more concise and hence the winner.
Option B sounds as if the number( incidences) of total degrees awarded was more than twice. But that is not the intended meaning of the sentence.

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