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

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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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New post 04 Dec 2005, 18:40
C.

"rate of increase" :
- twice/two times and
- faster

seems redundant.
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New post 05 Dec 2005, 09:47
I`ll go against the grain and choose (B). Twice as fast as it was...

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1. Rate is a measure of speed so "fast" is necessary.
2. As...as is an all time favorite ETS idiom.
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New post 05 Dec 2005, 11:55
B is best.
Correct idiom is as... as. That leaves A and B.
A is out because it is not parallel.
In the 1980’s ....twice as fast as it was in the 1970's
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New post 05 Dec 2005, 11:57
For me a clear B also.

In the 1980's must be paralleled with in the 1970*s and we are talking about an increase here, so we must charecterize it with fast.
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New post 05 Dec 2005, 18:23
THe OA is C

Also E is illogical comparison
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