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The number of undergraduate degrees in engineering awarded [#permalink]
21 May 2006, 00:46

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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
(E) had more than doubled

a) twice is an adverb , so it can't be used as a quantity. wrong b) different meaning wrong c) OK d) passive, implies that it was doubled by somebody.wrong e) improper choice of past perfect instead of past simple .wrong

a) twice is an adverb , so it can't be used as a quantity. wrong b) different meaning wrong c) OK d) passive, implies that it was doubled by somebody.wrong e) improper choice of past perfect instead of past simple .wrong

What's the problem with D..it has actually been increased by somebdy and did not increase on thier own.

E - 'had' is wrong
D - 'was more than doubled' is awkward
B - 'increased by more than two times' is not idiomatic
A - 'by more than twice' is not idiomatic

Re: SC-number of seats [#permalink]
24 May 2006, 09:26

itishaj wrote:

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 (E) had more than doubled

"B" or "C". Think I will go with "C" as it's concise.

Can someone elighten me what's the difference between "two", "twice" and "doubled", and when to use these variations?

Re: SC-number of seats [#permalink]
24 May 2006, 13:14

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alfa_beta01 wrote:

itishaj wrote:

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 (E) had more than doubled

"B" or "C". Think I will go with "C" as it's concise.

Can someone elighten me what's the difference between "two", "twice" and "doubled", and when to use these variations?

"twice" means "two times"; for example:

I play tennis twice a week. (This means that two days in a week you play tennis. Let's say Monday and Friday)

"double" means to become two times multiplied in amount; for example:

The number of the houses in this city has doubled. ( This means that if there were 100 houses before, now there are 200 houses.)

In this question :

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.

if we use "twice", it means that the number increased two times from 1978 to 1985. (Let's say once in 1979 and another time in 1982). However, we want to say that the amount is multiplied by two.

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