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In 1980 the United States exported twice as much of its national output of goods as they had in 1970.
(A) twice as much of its national output of goods as they had
(B) double the amount of their national output of goods as they did
(C) twice as much of its national output of goods as it did
(D) double the amount of its national output of goods as it has
(E) twice as much of their national output of goods as they had

Originally posted by Beyond700 on 07 Dec 2007, 02:39.
Last edited by Beyond700 on 07 Dec 2007, 04:36, edited 1 time in total.
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07 Dec 2007, 03:01
Beyond700 wrote:
In 1980 the United States exported twice as much of its national output of goods as they had in 1970.
(A) twice as much of its national output of goods as they had
(B) double the amount of their national output of goods as they did
(C) twice as much of its national output of goods as it did
(D) double the amount of its national output of goods as it has
(E) twice as much of their national output of goods as they had

My choice is B.

A. exported.....did
B. twice as much X as Y .... wrong in C
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23 Feb 2008, 17:09
priyankur_saha@ml.com wrote:
Beyond700 wrote:
In 1980 the United States exported twice as much of its national output of goods as they had in 1970.
(A) twice as much of its national output of goods as they had
(B) double the amount of their national output of goods as they did
(C) twice as much of its national output of goods as it did
(D) double the amount of its national output of goods as it has
(E) twice as much of their national output of goods as they had

My choice is B.

A. exported.....did
B. twice as much X as Y .... wrong in C

My choice is C.
United states is to be taken as singular.. so it has to be "it did"..and twice goes better than double.
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23 Feb 2008, 17:59
Sentence has pronoun referent and dictation issues

(A) twice as much of its national output of goods as they had [They cannot point to Singular country – eliminate it]

(B) double the amount of their national output of goods as they did [“their” cannot point to Singular country – eliminate it]

(C) twice as much of its national output of goods as it did [hold it]

(D) double the amount of its national output of goods as it has [ Cannot refer to period in 1970 with present tense – eliminate it]

(E) twice as much of their national output of goods as they had [their cannot point to singular country – eliminate it]

Answer: C
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28 Feb 2008, 17:01
suntaurian wrote:
priyankur_saha@ml.com wrote:
Beyond700 wrote:
In 1980 the United States exported twice as much of its national output of goods as they had in 1970.
(A) twice as much of its national output of goods as they had
(B) double the amount of their national output of goods as they did
(C) twice as much of its national output of goods as it did
(D) double the amount of its national output of goods as it has
(E) twice as much of their national output of goods as they had

My choice is B.

A. exported.....did
B. twice as much X as Y .... wrong in C

My choice is C.
United states is to be taken as singular.. so it has to be "it did"..and twice goes better than double.

I remember reading somehere "as much as" is incorrect usage. Can anyone confirm?
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29 Feb 2008, 05:32
as____ as____ is the correct idiom. OA is C
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29 Feb 2008, 07:36
Grammar: Singular or plural
A government, a party, a company (whether Tesco or Marks and Spencer) and a partnership (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill) are all it and take a singular verb. So does a country, even if its name looks plural. Thus The Philippines has a congressional system, as does the United States; the Netherlands does not. The United Nations is also singular.

Source: http://www.economist.com/research/styleGuide/index.cfm?page=805687
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29 Feb 2008, 08:06
went with C. United States is singular, so we should use 'it' instead of 'they'.
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29 Feb 2008, 08:31
I chose C too.

-I didn't see a problem with 'twice as much'
-Pronoun It, instead of they should be used.
-did instead of had (although had is past perfect but did makes more sense to my ears)
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06 Jul 2008, 10:00
I totally agree with choice C, but one general question to the "gurus"

"double the amount of sth" is a correct expression??

thanks
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07 Jul 2008, 13:58
reiswaffel wrote:
I totally agree with choice C, but one general question to the "gurus"

"double the amount of sth" is a correct expression??

thanks

I think its correct when use double as a verb
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07 Jul 2008, 15:24
It must be C,

Double is a verb and will not be used for comparisons.

Twice, three times ....etc are the right words that will be used for comparisons.

Others have subj-verb agreement problem.
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23 Jul 2008, 09:16
late, but thanks for your explanation concerning "double".
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05 Sep 2016, 06:49
Hi All,

If the first option would have been , (A) twice as much of its national output of goods as "it" had .
then the best answer will be A or C ??

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05 Sep 2016, 08:24
AbhijitGoswami wrote:
Hi All,

If the first option would have been , (A) twice as much of its national output of goods as "it" had .
then the best answer will be A or C ??

Abhijit

I will still prefer (C)

Quote:
In 1980 the United States exported twice as much of its national output of goods as they had in 1970.

(A) twice as much of its national output of goods as it had

(C) twice as much of its national output of goods as it did

" Did " in option (C) refers to the act of Exporting , hence it is correct...

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05 Sep 2016, 09:01
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Thanks Abhishek , thanks for clarifying my confusion .
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17 Sep 2017, 04:27
Beyond700 wrote:
In 1980 the United States exported twice as much of its national output of goods as they had in 1970.
(A) twice as much of its national output of goods as they had
(B) double the amount of their national output of goods as they did
(C) twice as much of its national output of goods as it did
(D) double the amount of its national output of goods as it has
(E) twice as much of their national output of goods as they had

" United states " is one.
So United states is singular, right?
This basically eliminates all other options except C. We need " it " NOT " they "
In D tense is clearly wrong.
Answer C.
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