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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 [#permalink]

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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

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13 Dec 2005, 07:30
Between B and D, I`ll take the latter for using the common comparison "twice as many as~"

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13 Dec 2005, 11:24
yup I think D is the answer. twice as many is the right usage.
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13 Dec 2005, 12:36
IMO "alone" is better than "themselves". otherwise it sounds as if the cars came from the line independently. so its B) !
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13 Dec 2005, 21:53
vivek123 wrote:
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

"Alone" sounds better than "themselves"....the usage of "themselves" sounds like the trucks somehow walked itselves off the assembly lines..?

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13 Dec 2005, 22:34
I agree w/ B... 'themselves' should be replaced by 'alone'. 'Themselves' suggests that the trucks rode off the assembly line w/ their own effort.

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14 Dec 2005, 10:50
GMATT73 wrote:
Between B and D, I`ll take the latter for using the common comparison "twice as many as~"

(D)

Either there is a typo or I am missing something. "AS MANY AS" merely doesn't exist in D.

For me B is the best.

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14 Dec 2005, 10:50
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