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
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.
Hope this helps.
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