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Today, because of improvements in agricultural technology, the same amount of acreage produces double the apples that it has in 1910.

(A) double the apples that it has

(B) twice as many apples as it did

(C) as much as twice the apples it has

(D) two times as many apples as there were

(E) a doubling of the apples that it did


Give it a shot and I will explain how I got to the answer in about a day or two.
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Welp, my first post (and SC is my worst area), but I'll give it a shot:

(A) double the apples that it has

--- I imagine that you can't produce double the apples. You can produce double the number of apples. "has in 1910" also doesn't appear to agree.

(B) twice as many apples as it did

--- This looks pretty good to me. Twice as many -apples- as -it did in 1910-

(C) as much as twice the apples it has

--- This changes the meaning. It produces twice the number of apples, not as much as twice the apples (this may be wrong). Has doesn't agree here again.

(D) two times as many apples as there were

--- "As there were" does not make sense. The comparison isn't how many apples there were in 1910, but how many an acreage produced.

(E) a doubling of the apples that it did

-- "produces a doubling of the apples" ... where to begin? This doesn't make logical sense to me. Doubling of what?

B is the choice for me.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2007, 13:38
I will go with B as well. It uses the correct idiom "as many X as". Pronoun "it" correctly refers to the accreage.

The use of "double" in A is certainly wrong.
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I'll go with B too.

I disregarded A, not only because of the use of "double" but also because the tense "has", which indicates that the action still continues. Am I wrong with the tense thing?
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Fellow smart GMATclubbers, this may not come as a very good news to you, but the OA is:


B :wink:
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Re: Today, because of improvements in agricultural technology, [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2014, 22:25
[quote="Mishari"]Today, because of improvements in agricultural technology, the same amount of acreage produces double the apples that it has in 1910.

(A) double the apples that it has

(B) twice as many apples as it did

(C) as much as twice the apples it has

(D) two times as many apples as there were

(E) a doubling of the apples that it did


I have a doubt , I studied in e-gmat session on sentence structure that each sentence must have at least one independent clause. But In this sentence , because- dependent clause marker and that-dependent clause marker,so where is the independent clause ? Is there something wrong in my understanding.
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purnima wrote:
Today, because of improvements in agricultural technology, the same amount of acreage produces double the apples that it has in 1910.

(A) double the apples that it has

(B) twice as many apples as it did

(C) as much as twice the apples it has

(D) two times as many apples as there were

(E) a doubling of the apples that it did


I have a doubt , I studied in e-gmat session on sentence structure that each sentence must have at least one independent clause. But In this sentence , because- dependent clause marker and that-dependent clause marker,so where is the independent clause ? Is there something wrong in my understanding.


Hi Purnima,

Thanks for posting you doubt here. :-)

Let's break this sentence into clause to see if it has an Independent clause or not.

Today, because of improvements in agricultural technology, the same amount of acreage produces double the apples that it has in 1910.

Cl 1: Today, because of improvements in agricultural technology, the same amount of acreage produces double the apples (IC)
Cl 2: that it has
in 1910. (DC)

(blue = subjects, green = verbs)

The thing that you missed here is that the word "because" is not immediately followed by a Subject-Verb (SV) pair. It is actually followed by a phrase which has neither a Subject nor a Verb. Hence we don't have a clause there. The Subject of the main clause is "the same amount of acreage" and the Verb is produces".

Consider these two sentences:

Because of you, I could finish my project on time.
Because Mary came late, we were late for the show.

As you can see, the first sentence has just one IC as "because" is followed by a phrase "of you". In the second sentence, we have two clauses - the first is a DC and the second an IC - as "because" is followed by an SV pair "Mary came".

Hope this helps. :-)
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