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17.After adopting broadband internet access, wireless personal digital assistants, and super-fast home PCs, Weston Insurance has hired new employees, which doubles to 250 the junior staff in the claims department working from home.

A. which doubles to 250 the junior staff in the claims department
B. doubling to 250 the number of junior staff members in the claims department
C. which doubles to 250 the junior staff of the claims department
D. doubling to 250 the number of junior staff members of the claims department
E. which doubles to 250 the junior staff in the claims department that
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09 May 2005, 02:00
From parallelism, "doubling" should be used. Therefore, B and D are the only options. Between "staff members of the claims department" and the "staff members in the claims department", the latter is better.

Hence B.
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09 May 2005, 02:21
One more for B.
Besides parallelism, "number of" also makes a difference in B and D.
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09 May 2005, 03:10
I choose A. Now, that is why?

The use of "doules/doubling to 250 the junior staff" is much better than that of "doules/doubling to 250 the number of junior staff". In reality, we normally say "300 people" rather than "300 the number of people".

B would be perfect if "the number" is deleted.

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09 May 2005, 08:09
B... The GMAT loves to test our understanding of doubling to... SC`s
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09 May 2005, 19:57
OA is B, but is "staff members of" wrong?
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10 May 2005, 03:49
"doubling to 250 the number of junior staff members in the claims department" is unheard of!!! May anyone can help
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