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9. 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


Why is not B?

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Not very sure why, but still selecting C for answer choice.

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New post 03 Jun 2009, 06:22
two times faster doesnt sound gud..

But i iwll go with D..

can someone explain a little more ?

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9. 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 - tells the rate of increase of the minority population
(E) two times greater than

I'll go for D.
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New post 03 Jun 2009, 16:48
I'd go with option C. The reason that other options were bad is that "rate" and "fast" are redundant.

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I'm somewhat confused between C and D but ended up selecting C. What is the OA?

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9. 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 - improper comparision, population and 1970 are compared
(B) twice as fast as it was in - pronoun reference error, 'it' could refer to the population or the United States.
(C) twice what it was in -pronoun reference error
(D) two times faster than that of - the best answer
(E) two times greater than -same error as that in option A


Why is not B?


What is OA?


It's C. the "it" in this choice refers to "the rate of increase of the minority population of the United States" and therefore there is no ambiguity wrt a referent. Alternatively, you can also take the two "of" constructions as just middlemen which means it refers to "rate", again without no reference error.

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gmatprep09 wrote:
9. 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


Why is not B?

2-3 split

A is wrong.
B is owrdy

C wins.

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Can someone makes more clarifying explanation please ? What's the OA?
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New post 08 Jun 2009, 16:13
Its C for me.

Only B and C seem consistent in the comparison.

rate of increase in the 1980's
it (rate of increase) in the 1970's.

However B sounds wordy. C is more concise.

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Thanks all for the discussion. OA is C. Yes, I guess B and D are wordy and hence C.

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Thanks all for the discussion. OA is C. Yes, I guess B and D are wordy and hence C.


not just wordy, but also redundant. "rate" already means fast, so you want to eliminate answer choices that uses "fast."

also, in option E, it's redundant to say "two times" and "greater." It is already understood that "two times" something will make it greater.

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gmatprep09 wrote:
Thanks all for the discussion. OA is C. Yes, I guess B and D are wordy and hence C.


not just wordy, but also redundant. "rate" already means fast, so you want to eliminate answer choices that uses "fast."

also, in option E, it's redundant to say "two times" and "greater." It is already understood that "two times" something will make it greater.


good explanation. thanks.

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