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Re: In the 1980’s the rate of increase of the minority population of the U [#permalink]

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27 Feb 2013, 12:32

Picked C

Rate can't be faster - rate is usually higher or lower

A: rate of increase twice as fast as 1970 - makes no sense if taken literally i.e. rate can't be as fast as "1970 B: rate being fast issue C: rate... twice what it was in... (correct comparison) D: rate being fast issue E: double comparison "2 times" & "greater"

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29 Oct 2013, 17:56

I choose B but I see why C is the answer. Bottom line is I got sucked into the long prepositional phrase. GMAT tries to disguise the subject even in this idiom question. You have to anticipate that the sentence is trying to throw you off. If you isolate the subject and remove the fluff, its easier to see what is being compared. Here is the original sentence marked up to show the bare bones of the sentence. Both A & B suffer from the similar problem.

In the 1980’s the rate of increase of the minority population of the United Stateswas nearly twice as fast as the 1970’s. (the rate can't be fast or slow, the rate just is) Just add a number before rate, say 10%.

In the 1980’s the 10% rate of increase of the minority population of the United Stateswas nearly twice as fast as the 1970’s. (it doesn't make sense. A 10% rate is twice as fast?)

Here is the correct sentence with a number added. In the 1980’s the 10% rate of increase of the minority population of the United Stateswas nearly twice what it (with it referring to the rate of the 1970s) was in the 1970’s.

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I generally have trouble picking the right answer in questions which have something like "twice/as many as/two times".The OA is c.Need explanations for ruling out options b and d.Also,any resources focusing on such questions would be greatly appreciated.

404.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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08 Sep 2015, 22:46

three observations leaves "C" to be the only choice for us to pick.

1. wrong comparison - twice as fast as 1970. rate cannot be compared with year. pronoun is needed. "A" is gone. 2. redundancy - two times greater, two times faster, twice as fast as - are all redundant. B, D, E are out. 3. reference for the pronoun "it" - it refers back to "The rate" correctly. - C is correctly doing it.
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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.

first of all, we are comparing the rate of increase in 1980 to the rate of increase in the 1970. since we are comparing the same thing, and since we have a preposition "in" at the beginning of the sentence, there is a high probability that the one specifying "in the 1970's" is the right answer. moreover, A is incorrect, "as fast as" means the same, thus, it can't be twice!!! as fast.

(A) twice as fast as twice + as fast as - is awkward and incorrect. as fast as means the same. (B) twice as fast as it was in same as in A. twice as fast as - incorrect. nevertheless, the it was in is ok. (C) twice what it was in looks good, it says that the rate in the 1980 was twice what it was in 1970. (D) two times faster than that of two times faster - wordy, moreover, it changes the meaning as it says the rate of 1970, not the rate of of increase of the minority population. than that - implies as smth else is compared, although the only antecedent for "that" is the rate. (E) two times greater than greater is used for comparing 2 different things. thus it is incorrect.

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The fact that a rate is a measure that cannot be expressed in terms of fastness or slowness drives us to eliminate choices A, B and D. E can be avoided because of the faulty comparison between a rate and a year. We are left with C, which measures the two rates in terms of quantity and maintains the prepositional ‘in’ parallelism.
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“Rate” can’t be fast. “Rate” can be high. (The way height can’t be tall) A, B, and E are incorrect because of the use of “fast/faster” for “rate” E: “in” is missing after “than” C: concise and clear. Best choice.

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