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# Grammar: Prepositions

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06 Aug 2007, 05:09
In the 1980's the rate of increase of the minority population of the United States was nearly two times greater than that of the 1970's.

In the 1980's the rate of increase of the minority population of the United States was nearly two times greater than that in the 1970's.

Which one is correct?

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06 Aug 2007, 05:18
Rates is a number. A number cannot be fast or slow. A number can be greater than another number. Can it be higher than another number?

Is this sentence correct?
The rate of crime rose higher than the rate of pollution.

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06 Aug 2007, 07:01
In the 1980's the rate of increase of the minority population of the United States was nearly two times greater than that of the 1970's.

In the 1980's the rate of increase of the minority population of the United States was nearly two times greater than that in the 1970's.

That of can be used whenever the sentence specifies an attribute of some object first and tries to refer to it later or if the attribute is specified in a possessive case. The first one clicks..

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06 Aug 2007, 09:04
r0m3416 wrote:
In the 1980's the rate of increase of the minority population of the United States was nearly two times greater than that of the 1970's.

In the 1980's the rate of increase of the minority population of the United States was nearly two times greater than that in the 1970's.

That of can be used whenever the sentence specifies an attribute of some object first and tries to refer to it later or if the attribute is specified in a possessive case. The first one clicks..

What about the parallel issue of in the 1970s and in the 1980s?

(In the 1980's) the rate of increase of the minority population of the United States was nearly two times greater than that (in the 1970's.)

Why cant we parse the sentence as such

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12 Aug 2007, 11:04

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12 Aug 2007, 11:45
The second one is right...the parallelism of the years and not the rates.

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12 Aug 2007, 22:13
Ah! Good post. So when we're in doubt, we search the sentence and try to find parallelism.

That was a tough one

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13 Aug 2007, 19:16
bmwhype2 wrote:
In the 1980's the rate of increase of the minority population of the United States was nearly two times greater than that of the 1970's.

In the 1980's the rate of increase of the minority population of the United States was nearly two times greater than that in the 1970's.

Which one is correct?

Second one is correct because you can't have a rate of increase of minority population of 1970's

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28 Aug 2007, 13:53
bmwhype2 wrote:
Rates is a number. A number cannot be fast or slow. A number can be greater than another number. Can it be higher than another number?

Is this sentence correct?
The rate of crime rose higher than the rate of pollution.

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28 Aug 2007, 16:42
bmwhype2 wrote:
bmwhype2 wrote:
Rates is a number. A number cannot be fast or slow. A number can be greater than another number. Can it be higher than another number?

Is this sentence correct?
The rate of crime rose higher than the rate of pollution.

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Yes....

Which one should be correct?

Rate of interest of education loan in Bank A is higher than that in Bank B.

Rate of interest of education loan in Bank A is higher than that of Bank B.

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# Grammar: Prepositions

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