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The number of undergraduate degrees in engineering awarded [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2009, 00:33
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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



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OA: c.....i doubt it has no verb..pls explain
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Re: increased by more than twice [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2009, 02:31
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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



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OA: c.....i doubt it has no verb..pls explain


The trick here is to skip the "not so important" part of the sentence. We can then write the sentence as The number of undergraduate degrees ...from 1978 to 1985

Lets find error in each of the options-
A) increased by more than twice - It should be either "increased by more than two times" or "increased more than twice". A is unidiomatic.
B) increased more than two times - Similarly, B is unidiomatic.
D) was more than doubled - Unneccessary form of "to be"
E) had more than doubled - Unnecessary change in tense to Past Perfect.

C) more than doubled - Best Answer choice since it is precise and conveys the message in the simplest way. "doubled" is the verb.

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Re: increased by more than twice [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2009, 04:21
'by' never modifies twice or we can say that adverb twice is never used with preposition 'by'
so A and B are out

since the action took place and completed in the past past tense is correct i.e. doubled.

so the correct option is C
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Re: increased by more than twice [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2009, 05:04
I agree with all of you on C.

But what exactly is wrong in D? is passive voice saying that some one else doubled the number?
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Re: increased by more than twice [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2009, 06:26
i still doubt between c and d....imo c dsnt have a verb...............but d has it.....need more minds???
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Re: increased by more than twice [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2009, 01:08
@ sudeep, I am sorry for asking again and again but the below sentence seems to be missing something

The number of undergraduate degrees more than doubled from !!!!!!

but i am unable to create anther sentence meaning tha same so .....wont argue now....
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Re: increased by more than twice [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2009, 04:21
the question here is whether to attach a helping verb (like a be verb (is, was, were) or auxillary verb (has, have, had)).
so do we say "number was more than doubled" or "number more than doubled"

Here is my understanding, generally you attach helping verb to put a specific time frame to the verb, by putting "was" in the sentence you will be saying that this action happened in the past, but even with out using "was" we are getting that meaning because we have a specific time period 1975 -1989.
So no need to use "was"

hope this makes sense
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Re: increased by more than twice [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2011, 13:00
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


I wanted to know why answer choice "E" is wrong. Is it just because it is longer than choice "C" or is there an error in "E" ? Doesn't choice "E" make it clear that the increase happened in the past ?
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Re: increased by more than twice [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2011, 15:04
Past perfect is used to show the timing of an event that happened in the past before another past event. It would be like "The numbers... had more than doubled before engineering market crashed in 1986" Also, we don't use past perfect with a specific time frame. We don't say "The numbers...had more than doubled in 1985." The tense is the issue with E.
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Re: The number of undergraduate degrees in engineering awarded [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2014, 15:12
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rohansherry 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



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