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Data published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics showed that in 1995 there were 113,100 women incarcerated in US prisons, over seven percent of the prison population in the US, three times as much as 1985.

A three times as much as 1985
B three times as many as 1985
C triple what it was in 1985
D triple the population in 1985
E a population triple that of 1985's


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New post 08 May 2013, 06:31
fozzzy wrote:
Data published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics showed that in 1995 there were 113,100 women incarcerated in US prisons, over seven percent of the prison population in the US, three times as much as 1985.

A three times as much as 1985
B three times as many as 1985
C triple what it was in 1985
D triple the population in 1985
E a population triple that of 1985's


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A and B are simple to eliminate. "three times as much as/as many as 1985" implies that we are comparing the population with the numeric vale of "1985" and not with the population in 1985.
In C, I shall avoid "what it was" in almost every case, given the condition that the other options are worthless.
In D, "triple the population" modifies the number 113,000 so till now it seems the correct option.
In E, "population triple" is modifying the number. But what is "population triple"? I guess, one might have come across that question that involved "Boston soldier". I would like to let you know that "soldier of Boston" is correct rather than " Boston soldier". Similarly the concept of "stone wall".

I might not have explained very clearly and henceforth I request you to please ask me where you are still stuck up with.
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I thought D is correct -

Data published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics showed that in 1995 there were 113,100 women incarcerated in US prisons, over seven percent of the prison population in the US, three times as much as 1985.

A three times as much as 1985 -> as much as compares something which is not countable. The population seems to be countable.
B three times as many as 1985 -> unclear what as many as does here. As many as is used for countable but wrongly used with 1985. The population was 3 times the population in 1985. Not as many as 1985.
C triple what it was in 1985 -> it seems to be ambiguous - does it refer to women in prisons or it refers to the prison population.
D triple the population in 1985 -> Correct. The number of women incarcerated in 1995 was 3 times the number in 1985.
E a population triple that of 1985's -> 1985's population seems unidiomatic. Wrong, similar to choice B.

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New post 08 May 2013, 10:40
My take D

Reason:
A) three times as much as 1985

As much as is not correct because "prison population" is countable.

B) three times as many as 1985

People have been compared with the year 1985.

C) triple what it was in 1985
the use of what is redundant.

D) triple the population in 1985
-> Correct.

E) a population triple that of 1985's
--> Problem of double possessive.
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Data published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics showed that in 1995 there were 113,100 women incarcerated in US prisons, over seven percent of the prison population in the US, three times as much as 1985.

A three times as much as 1985
B three times as many as 1985
C triple what it was in 1985
D triple the population in 1985
E a population triple that of 1985's


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IMO, D is correct.
(1) "7% of the population" should be compared to "the population in 1985"
Only D makes sense.
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