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# Last one for the night In the 1980's the rate of increase

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Last one for the night

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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17 Dec 2007, 20:57
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i feel in A, saying twice as fast is redundant, because earlier part of the sentence mentions the rate of increase

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17 Dec 2007, 22:00
Ahh, that was an easy slip

OA is C

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17 Dec 2007, 23:09
pmenon wrote:
C

i feel in A, saying twice as fast is redundant, because earlier part of the sentence mentions the rate of increase

one way it is redundant.

The other way, "rate of increase is as fast as" -- looks odd to me.
these are good -- "X is increasing as fast as", "X is decreasing as fast as". The later two are good to see, but the first one looks odd.

Am I right, Any more thoughts?

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18 Dec 2007, 00:11
C. A rate of increase can't be "fast". It can be twice what it was in another period, but not faster

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# Last one for the night In the 1980's the rate of increase

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