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# In the 1980's the rate of increase of the minority

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17. In the 1980's the rate of increase of the minority population of the United States was nearly twice as fast as the 1970's.

A. twice as fast as
B. twice as fast as it was in
C. twice what it was in
D. two times faster than that of
E. two times greater than

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i went for B. but it's wrong

it=the rate of increase of the minority popylation of the United States
was (in the 1980's) ~ was ( in the 1970's)

i can find examples of "twice as many as" and "twice as much as" in og #156 and #168.

but is it okay to say "twice as fast as"?

and what does "what" mean in choice C?

Thank you!

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06 Aug 2006, 18:55
This is a tricky question. A rate can never be twice as fast as another rate. A rate is a number, it can be twice another number. This eliminates A, B, D. E compares rate with the 1970s leaving C.

Is C the OA?

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06 Aug 2006, 23:11
Will go with C.

IMO "rate" and "fast" is redundant in this case.

C correctly compares the rate in 1980's and 1970's

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07 Aug 2006, 11:13
"Rate of increase" is a way of measuring how "fast" something is happening so they are synonymous.

my speed is twice as fast as yours ---> Fast and Speed are redundant

my speed is twice yours. CORRECT

similarly compare the difference below -

rate of increase in 1980 was twice that in 1970 - CORRECT

rate of increase in 1980 is twice as fast as the rate of increase in 1970 --- Redundancy - INCORRECT

scgmat wrote:

and what does "what" mean in choice C?

Thank you!

What is an indefinite relative pronoun - example -

I have said what I had to say. Here "what" stands in for the piece of information that I had to say.

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07 Aug 2006, 18:49
thanks to everyone for your great discussions!

the oa is C.

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12 Aug 2006, 08:18
scgmat wrote:

and what does "what" mean in choice C?

"What" in (C) is a relative pronoun that restates the "rate of increase."

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