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# 17. In the 1980â€™s the rate of increase of the minority

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17. In the 1980â€™s the rate of increase of the minority
population of the United States was nearly twice as
fast as
the 1970â€™s.

(A) twice as fast as
(B) twice as fast as it was in
(C) twice what it was in
(D) two times faster than that of
(E) two times greater than

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C, 30 sec
A and B are out because rate of increase can be doubled but not faster than anything else.
D and E are out because "two times" can be neatly reduced to "twice"
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10 Jul 2004, 23:51
1 vote for C. "twice what it was" cos it is "the rate of increase" not increase.
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Agree with Paul on C, but as an afterthought I feel that C should be framed as "twice of what it was in"

Paul: is there something wrong with my ear?

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My shot is --- A (nothing wrong with the orginal)
Explinations later.
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B.
(B) twice as fast as it was in

D & E change the meaning of original sentence..It is only two times, not greater than or faster than that.

A is not in parellel.

C is missing something." twice to what it was" may be better one.
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Definitely C. The structure is correct.

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Im still inclined towards B...

IMO for C to be right it should be ...'twice of what it was in'

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11 Jul 2004, 15:14
twice = two times
Let's rewrite this with "two times" as it may be easier to explain

In the 1980â€™s the rate of increase of the minority population of the United States was nearly two times what it was in the 1970â€™s
"what it was in" = the rate of increase of
--> The rate of increase of the 1980's was two times the rate of increase of the 1970's
Let's simplify this to:
X = The rate of increase of the 1980's
Y = The rate of increase of the 1970's
Do we say:
1- X was two times Y
or
2- X was two times of Y?
Since twice is equivalent to "two times", the same logic applies. You should NOT have "of" inserted in between.
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