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# In the 1980’s the rate of increase of the minority population of the U

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16 Mar 2009, 04:11
"the rate of increase ..." is the Subject--say X

Now X-->Comparing with whom?
IN A--it is with "1970's"
only B compares it correctly
E OUT--cant be greater(fast/faster--> the right words)
C is OUT too
priyankur_saha@ml.com 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(rate of increase) of
(E) two times greater than

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16 Mar 2009, 04:56
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I feel even C compares it properly... can you please elaborate ?

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16 Mar 2009, 06:24
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It is a well-discussed question.

"rate" can be niether fast nor slow - it is just a number.
C.

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16 Mar 2009, 06:39
I think its B for parallelism: "In the 1980's" & "twice as fast as it was in the 1970's"

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17 Mar 2009, 09:28
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the usage of "rate of increase" with fast is redundant. Hence C is the best choice
priyankur_saha@ml.com 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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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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Last edited by hazelnut on 10 Aug 2017, 22:36, edited 1 time in total.
Formatted the question & added the OA

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20 Sep 2009, 08:54
noboru wrote:
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

Difficult to choose between B & C.
"rate of increase" and "as fast as" seems to be redundant. Use of "what" is correct.
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20 Sep 2009, 19:28
A IMO
Just replace 1970's with "the rate of 1970" and you will get the answer as A.
noboru wrote:
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
- Correct as it is. Twice as fast as 1970's. It means that the rate was twice as fast as the rate of 1970. Clear in meaning.
(B) twice as fast as it was in
-- As it was in 1970's. It conveys that the rate was twice as it was in the rate of 1970.
(C) twice what it was in
-- Incorrect. Same reason as of B.
(D) two times faster than that of
-- Two times is not required because double is less wordy and appropriate to use here.
(E) two times greater than
-- Same reasoning as of D.

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20 Sep 2009, 21:17
IMO D....

A not correct comparison.
B & C - it is not clear and very far from the rate
E - not correct comparison

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22 Sep 2009, 06:09
seems to be a good discussion here
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22 Sep 2009, 11:05
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RATE OF INCREASE has to be GRETER/LESSER/TWICE/THRICE...
IT CANNOT BE FASTER
SIMILARLY..RATE OF ASCENT HAS TO BE FASTER AND CANNOT BE GREATER...
SO ONLY C AND E QUALIFY AND SINCE E IS MISSING A PRONOUN PHRASE "THAT OF
" C WINS

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22 Sep 2009, 17:49
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

here 1980`s and 1970`s are not possessive form so in should surely come so between B & C

will choose C

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23 Sep 2009, 15:37
whats OA pls?

oa is c, thanks
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15 Oct 2009, 19:17
Twice/greater/two times..does'nt countable/non countable terms come into picture here??We are talking about "RATE" so should'nt we be using "two times" as apposed to "twice"??
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noboru wrote:
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

A. Rate cannot be fast/faster.
B. Rate cannot be fast/faster.

C. Rate can be twice or 1/2 or 1/3...................Correct.

D. Rate can not be two times fast/faster.
E. Rate can not be great/greater.

Thought I did it earlier - not sure.
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16 Oct 2009, 19:31
I narrowed to B and C and chose B, damn
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16 Oct 2009, 21:47
one more C
rate is twice what it was... no need for faster, greater... or whatever.

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17 Oct 2009, 09:36
D

A: unidomatic
B,C: illogical comapare (1thing with itself)

D,E and that of repalces the rate ->D

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Thanks GT!!Perfect and concise answer:):)Kudos as always..!
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noboru wrote:
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

A. Rate cannot be fast/faster.
B. Rate cannot be fast/faster.

C. Rate can be twice or 1/2 or 1/3...................Correct.

D. Rate can not be two times fast/faster.
E. Rate can not be great/greater.

rate of = speed / velocity. It is correct to say : X's rate of travel was faster than that of Y. rate of 4,5,6 can be faster than a rate of 2,3. Atleast that is what I think. Maybe I am being too scientific ,but if rate of means frequency or speed you can compare two rates(faster slower). What are your views on my assertion?

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