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Driven by higher birth rates in Third World countries, the Muslim religion currently has twice as many adherents worldwide as it did in 1970.

A. twice as many adherents worldwide as it did
B. double the amount of adherents worldwide as
C. double the adherents worldwide it has
D. two times more adherents worldwide than
E. twice the number of adherents worldwide as were

AC A:
Correctly applies the comparative form "as...as"

AC B:
Amount can not be used to describe the countable noun "adherents".

AC C:
Wrong tense. The verb has needs to be in the simple past to match the time expression "in 1970".

AC D:
Two times is stylistically flawed. The expression "two times" is redundant.

AC E:
Gramatically incorrect. The word as is not a part of the comparative "as....as". Therefore it can only serve as a conjunction beginning a clause, but what follows it is a fragment with no subject (were in 1970). Secondly, the use of the verb "were" does not logically fit in the comparison with the beginning of the sentence, which refers how many adherents the muslim religion has.

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B. "Double the amount of adherents"...adherents is countable noun...so "amount of" is wrong. Eliminate B

C. It corrects the amount of problem but makes the tense error in "it has in 1970". Referring to past, cannot use has. Eliminate C

D. "Two Time more"- redundancy. Plus it misses the verb after than. Eliminate D.

E. "Twice the number"- redundancy. "As were in 1970"- wrong verb. cannot be parallel with "has twice".

The correct ans as should be guessed in intial reading of the sentence must have " has twice as many adherents as it had in 1970".

A. choice A provides that but keeps had as obvious. " as it did [have] in 1970.

Since all other options fail, chose A
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Re: Driven by higher birth rates in Third World countries, the Muslim reli  [#permalink]

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New post 22 Feb 2018, 10:19
SC questions of comparison always look bothersome to me.
In E, "twice...as" is not parallel & "were" here is a serious grammar error. Same to B.
D shows wrong comparison between Muslim and the year.
in C, "double" is a noun; it is appropriate.
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