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# In 2010 a total of 45,000 widgets and bobbets were produced

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In 2010 a total of 45,000 widgets and bobbets were produced in Bobville, but in 2011 almost twice the numbers of bobbets alone came from the a new factory.

A)the numbers of bobbets alone
B)that number of bobbets alone
C)the number of bobbets by themselves
D)as many bobbets themselves
E)as many bobbets by themselves

Please explain whatever you choose.
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A, The numbers of is wrong.
C, D, and E have themselves which is wrong .
Only remaining is B (twice with respect to what? that, which is the correct pronoun referent, gives the answer to this question

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08 Sep 2012, 21:52
samcot wrote:
A, The numbers of is wrong.
C, D, and E have themselves which is wrong .
Only remaining is B (twice with respect to what? that, which is the correct pronoun referent, gives the answer to this question

Can you please elaborate the why 'B' is right. and what is the category of the problem is?

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09 Sep 2012, 07:34
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In 2010 a total of 45,000 widgets and bobbets were produced in Bobville, but in 2011 almost twice the numbers of bobbets alone came from the a new factory.

A)the numbers of bobbets alone
B)that number of bobbets alone
C)the number of bobbets by themselves
D)as many bobbets themselves
E)as many bobbets by themselves

Please explain whatever you choose.

In options C,D and E, the word themselves makes it looks as though the bobbets somehow came out on their own, without the need of producing them (as is said in the first part).

that leaves us with options A and B.

the expression, twice the numbers sounds very unidiomatic in this case, since we're dealing with the count of just 1 item and know the exact quantity as reference. thus, eliminate A.

This makes B the only option appropriate left. Actually, even B sounds bit awkward.
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samcot wrote:
A, The numbers of is wrong.
C, D, and E have themselves which is wrong .
Only remaining is B (twice with respect to what? that, which is the correct pronoun referent, gives the answer to this question

Can you please elaborate the why 'B' is right. and what is the category of the problem is?

Lets say X = 90, Y = 45 : how do we write the equation?

X = 2Y; Now how do we express/explain this in words ?

X is twice THAT of Y : Option B precisely does so

In the given problem :

Y = 45000, no of widgets and bobblets in 2010

X= 90000, no of bobblets in 2011

Setting up the eqn : X = 2Y and expressing in words

no of bobblets (X=90000) were twice THAT of no of bobblets n widgets (Y=45000)

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29 May 2014, 04:46
If B Had been written as "B)that number of wdigets and bobbets alone, then wouldn't have been better than current option. reference of that number of bobbets is not present in the previous part of the sentence.
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