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# Since a decade ago, the cost of living has multiplied nearly

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Since a decade ago, the cost of living has multiplied nearly three times.
(A) has multiplied nearly three times
(B) has almost tripled
(C) is almost three times as great
(D) is nearly threefold what it was
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E is missing; Let us assume it may not be the right one. But among the other four, B is best as it uses the idiomatic expression of tripled

Incidentally, multiplied three times will mean quadrupled (400 percent) while tripled means going up to three times (300 percent)
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25 Oct 2010, 07:07
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I agree with B .... But I never knew there is an Idiomatic usage of 'Tripled' ?

Can you please provide a better example of its Idiomatic usage?

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