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# n the 1980s the rate of increase of the minority population

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08 Nov 2007, 15:28
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n the 1980s the rate of increase of the minority population of the United States was nearly twice as fast as the 1970s.

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 Nov 2007, 15:52
On second thought, I think it might be B or C, because it's probably better to say it "as it was in" to show that the comparison is between 1980s and 1970s instead of between the rate of growth of minority population and, say, non-minority population (or whatever).

My new guess is B.

Or C!

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08 Nov 2007, 17:38
I will go with B

as fast as is correct idiom and was in compares both the years.

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08 Nov 2007, 20:19
I will go with B too.

Although I am not sure why exactly C is wrong.

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09 Nov 2007, 05:30
isnt "rate of increase " and "as fast as" sorta repetitive and redundant ?

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Re: SC- GMATTER- rate of increase [#permalink]

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13 Jan 2009, 02:17
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13 Jan 2009, 02:26
IMO C

In the 1980s the rate of increase of the minority population of the United States was nearly twice as fast as the 1970s.

should be "was twice", using greater would be redundant

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13 Jan 2009, 02:51
C shld be the ans. In B, rate of increase and as fast as is redundant

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13 Jan 2009, 05:52
Can somebody let me know what is wrong with D?

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13 Jan 2009, 07:51
Can somebody let me know what is wrong with D?

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D. two times faster than that of

D would be correct if we would have, say, "greater" instead of "faster" and "in" instead of "of".
The "rate" in the stem is just a number which can be neither fast nor slow - it can, however, be greater or less, IMO.

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Re: SC- GMATTER- rate of increase [#permalink]

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13 Jan 2009, 08:03
I think C because the increase is compared with the increase in 1970

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