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

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zoltan wrote:
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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Can you shed light on the question at hand? Why choices are wrong? is 'two times' and twice as...as' wrong?

The OA is unclear.

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A rate is a MEASUREMENT.
A and B imply the following:
In the 1980's, the measurement...was...fast.
D implies the following:
In the 1980's, the measurement...was...faster.
The implied meanings are nonsensical: a MEASUREMENT cannot be FAST.
Eliminate A, B and D.

E: the rate...was...two times greater than the 1970's
Here, THE RATE Is illogically compared to THE 1970's.
Eliminate E.

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GMATGuruNY wrote:
Mo2men wrote:
zoltan wrote:
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


Dear GMATGuruNY

Can you shed light on the question at hand? Why choices are wrong? is 'two times' and twice as...as' wrong?

The OA is unclear.

Thanks in advance


A rate is a MEASUREMENT.
A and B imply the following:
In the 1980's, the measurement...was...fast.
D implies the following:
In the 1980's, the measurement...was...faster.
The implied meanings are nonsensical: a MEASUREMENT cannot be FAST.
Eliminate A, B and D.

E: the rate...was...two times greater than the 1970's
Here, THE RATE Is illogically compared to THE 1970's.
Eliminate E.

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Dear GMATGuruNY

How can I expressed that increase in one year was faster in other year?
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Dear GMATGuruNY

How can I expressed that increase in one year was faster in other year?


An INCREASE -- like a rate -- is a measurement.
Since a measurement cannot be fast, it seems nonsensical to say that the increase was fast.
The following wording conveys a more logical meaning:
The population grew more quickly in 1980 than in 1970.
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