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# In 1914 a total of 469,000 cars and trucks were produced in

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In 1914 a total of 469,000 cars and trucks were produced in the United States, but in 1929 almost twice the numbers of tucks alone came off the assembly lines.
A. the numbers of tucks alone
B. that number of trucks alone
C. the number of trucks by themselves
D. as many trucks themselves
E. as many trucks by themselves

Can some one explain the logic behind this??
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In 1914 a total of 469,000 cars and trucks were produced in the United States, but in 1929 almost twice the numbers of tucks alone came off the assembly lines.
A. the numbers of tucks alone
B. that number of trucks alone
C. the number of trucks by themselves
D. as many trucks themselves
E. as many trucks by themselves

Can some one explain the logic behind this??

correct usage is ' twice the number' ,'twice the value'.

Twice the numbers is wrong.
Also twice as many as is wrong usage. It should be two times as many as.
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19 Sep 2010, 09:28
I went for B

C is surely wrong.

I've doubts between A & B.
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19 Sep 2010, 22:16
Sorry i forgot to mention that i dont have OA... please guys apply logic for this question... thanks
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20 Sep 2010, 03:02
I think OA is B. Gurpeetsingh can you please explain why is 'Twice the number' is wrong? Thanks in advance
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20 Sep 2010, 03:20
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I think OA is B. Gurpeetsingh can you please explain why is 'Twice the number' is wrong? Thanks in advance

Twice the number is not wrong....check my post again. I have said twice the numbers is wrong.
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20 Sep 2010, 03:50
I am not sure about the usage of "themselves" here ... I would have thought the answer is [b]
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20 Sep 2010, 03:53
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I am not sure about the usage of "themselves" here ... I would have thought the answer is [b]

Even I m not 100% sure but 'twice that' is certainly wrong in B.
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20 Sep 2010, 03:55
gurpreetsingh wrote:
Even I m not 100% sure but 'twice that' is certainly wrong in B.

Why is "twice that number" incorrect ? Does it not refer to 469,000 ?
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20 Sep 2010, 04:21
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gurpreetsingh wrote:
Even I m not 100% sure but 'twice that' is certainly wrong in B.

Why is "twice that number" incorrect ? Does it not refer to 469,000 ?

twice that number is not idiomatic.
Moreover 'total of 469,000 cars and trucks' is mentioned. Twice that number of truck is what number?
The author has not mentioned number of truck; its the total number of truck and cars.
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20 Sep 2010, 04:31
gurpreetsingh wrote:
twice that number is not idiomatic.
Moreover 'total of 469,000 cars and trucks' is mentioned. Twice that number of truck is what number?
The author has not mentioned number of truck; its the total number of truck and cars.

You are comparing a number to a number, so seems ok to me.
"the number of X is twice that of Y" why is it unidiomatic ?

Also, by using "themselves" in C,D,E isnt it giving it a second meaning that the trucks took themselves off the assembly line ?
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20 Sep 2010, 04:34
A bit more of searching later ... I found this question cited in other places too

The OA is (b)
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In 1914 a total of 469,000 cars and trucks were produced in the United States, but in 1929 almost twice the numbers of tucks alone came off the assembly lines.

The correct idiom is "as many as"
D and E out

A) the numbers of trucks alone
WRONG :- twice of what number ?? we need a digit or a reference to a digit.

B) that number of trucks alone
CORRECT:- twice that number of truck alone ; twice of 4696000.

C) the number of trucks by themselves
WRONG:- "alone" , "by themselves" is redundant. Both means the same thing.

D) as many trucks themselves
WRONG IDIOM

E) as many trucks by themselves
WRONG IDIOM

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In 1914 a total of 469,000 cars and trucks were produced in the United States, but in 1929 almost twice the numbers of tucks alone came off the assembly lines.
A. the numbers of tucks alone
B. that number of trucks alone
C. the number of trucks by themselves
D. as many trucks themselves
E. as many trucks by themselves

Can some one explain the logic behind this??

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