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# The number of people flying first class on domestic flights

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The number of people flying first class on domestic flights rose sharply in 1990, doubling the increase of the previous year.

A. doubling the increase of
B. doubling that of the increase in
C. double as much as the increase of
D. twice as many as the increase in
E. twice as many as the increase of
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Hi All,

The number of people flying first class on domestic flights rose sharply in 1990, doubling the increase of the previous year.

Let’s first understand the meaning of this sentence. The year 1990 experienced a sharp rise in the number of people flying first class on domestic flights. This rise doubled the increase seen previous year.

Error Analysis:

This sentence uses verb-ing modifier “doubling” preceded by a comma. This means that this modifier will modify the entire preceding clause. Usage of “doubling” is correct here because it correctly presents the result of the preceding clause. There was a rise sharp in the number of specific passengers. This rise doubled the increased witnessed the previous year. Hence there is no error in this sentence.

POE:

a. doubling the increase of: Correct for the reason stated above.

b. doubling that of the increase in: Incorrect.
1. There is no antecedent of pronoun “that”.
2. When we say “increase in something”, the phrase means that “something” has increased itself. Hence, this phrase does not make sense in this choice as it suggests that “the previous year” increased itself.

c. double as much as the increase of: Incorrect.
1. Here “double”, a noun modifier has no particular noun to refer to.
2. The correct way to say is “double the increase” and not “double as much as the increase…”.

d. twice as many as the increase in: Inocrrect.
1. Noun modifier “twice” dos not have a noun to refer to.
2. Use of “many” for uncountable noun “increase” is incorrect.
3. Repeats the idiom error of choice B.

e. twice as many as the increase of: Incorrect. This choice repeats the first two errors of Choice D.

Hope this helps.
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The number of people flying first class on domestic flights rose sharply in 1990, doubling the increase of the previous year.

A. doubling the increase of
B. doubling that of the increase in
C. double as much as the increase of
D. twice as many as the increase in
E. twice as many as the increase of

Simple and Tricky and not many explanation on this. I encountered it in the GMAT prep test and chose random as I couldn't figure out .. though I suspected A and C

later on what I understood - after comma whatever comes need to modify/explain the sentence... absolute phrase

In such scenario, C, D & E type of construction does not work .. Correct construction would be something like this ...The man is twice as old as his son
So we are left with a and b; Out of this a is correct as ... B changes the meaning
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The number of people flying first class on domestic flights rose sharply in 1990, doubling the increase of the previous year.

A. doubling the increase of
B. doubling that of the increase in
C. double as much as the increase of
D. twice as many as the increase in
E. twice as many as the increase of

A sounds right to me. "the number of people" is singular so that makes C, D, and E wrong.

A sounds better than B ..
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I will say A. This is a tricky one.
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A sounds right. Waiting to see the OA.
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bigoyal wrote:
The number of people flying first class on domestic flights rose sharply in 1990, doubling the increase of the previous year.

A. doubling the increase of
B. doubling that of the increase in
C. double as much as the increase of
D. twice as many as the increase in
E. twice as many as the increase of

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How does one go ahead. I was stuck between Aand B. I was trying to see where the pronoun was pointing to. Please advice

(B) is incorrect because "that" has no antecedent. We need to double the increase but "increase" is not mentioned before "that".
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14 Jul 2009, 10:37
I think here 'increase in' is better.

Will go with B.
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14 Jul 2009, 10:53
Now it seems in B 'that' has no referent. So incorrect choice.
Only A left!

Am I right?
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14 Jul 2009, 10:55
IMO : A

"doubling the increase of" seems correct.
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15 Jul 2009, 01:06
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bigoyal wrote:
The number of people flying first class on domestic flights rose sharply in 1990, doubling the increase of the previous year.

A. doubling the increase of
B. doubling that of the increase in
C. double as much as the increase of
D. twice as many as the increase in
E. twice as many as the increase of

A sounds right to me. "the number of people" is singular so that makes C, D, and E wrong.

A sounds better than B ..

No one has explained the reasons ,

@ugimba: Why you are not considering C,D & E?? What is th philosphy behind "the number of people"???
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15 Jul 2009, 06:15
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ugimba wrote:
bigoyal wrote:
The number of people flying first class on domestic flights rose sharply in 1990, doubling the increase of the previous year.

A. doubling the increase of
B. doubling that of the increase in
C. double as much as the increase of
D. twice as many as the increase in
E. twice as many as the increase of

A sounds right to me. "the number of people" is singular so that makes C, D, and E wrong.

A sounds better than B ..

No one has explained the reasons ,

@ugimba: Why you are not considering C,D & E?? What is th philosphy behind "the number of people"???

Hussain15,
'the number of' is singular and C, D, E are all talking about plural things so comparision here is not correct.

look into MGMAT SC book for 'the number of' usage. that book has good examples.
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15 Jul 2009, 06:37
Thanks for explanation.

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15 Jul 2009, 09:36
A sounded right.. thanks for the explanation too..
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15 Jul 2009, 12:30
hey.....can any1 explain...in wat contexts v make use f d following phrases :

Twice..
Doubled..
Two times...

i believe der is subtle diff in use of des 3, but i don knw exactly hw to do tht...
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16 Jul 2009, 23:14
Thanks a lot guys. OA is A.

WhyabloodyMBA wrote:
hey.....can any1 explain...in wat contexts v make use f d following phrases :

Twice..
Doubled..
Two times...

i believe der is subtle diff in use of des 3, but i don knw exactly hw to do tht...

Thats a nice question. I'm also looking for some explanations on this.
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Thanks a lot guys. OA is A.

WhyabloodyMBA wrote:
hey.....can any1 explain...in wat contexts v make use f d following phrases :

Twice..
Doubled..
Two times...

i believe der is subtle diff in use of des 3, but i don knw exactly hw to do tht...

Thats a nice question. I'm also looking for some explanations on this.

as far as i cud make it,...it's sumwat like this :

Twice - the stuff(noun)
eg:- Includes twice as many students.

Double - the number.
eg:- The number of students has doubled.

Two times - i don't know..

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WhyabloodyMBA wrote:
as far as i cud make it,...it's sumwat like this :

Twice - the stuff(noun)
eg:- Includes twice as many students.

Double - the number.
eg:- The number of students has doubled.

Two times - i don't know..

Agree with you.
Also the Manhattan SC says that "Two Times" and "Twice" is same. I guess the only difference would be - wordiness.
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20 Jul 2009, 11:34
IMO
twice - number and something that can be counted. - twice the sum
double - something that cannot be counted - double the volume
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20 Jul 2009, 18:08
WhyabloodyMBA wrote:
bigoyal wrote:
Thanks a lot guys. OA is A.

WhyabloodyMBA wrote:
hey.....can any1 explain...in wat contexts v make use f d following phrases :

Twice..
Doubled..
Two times...

i believe der is subtle diff in use of des 3, but i don knw exactly hw to do tht...

Thats a nice question. I'm also looking for some explanations on this.

as far as i cud make it,...it's sumwat like this :

Twice - the stuff(noun)
eg:- Includes twice as many students.

Double - the number.
eg:- The number of students has doubled.

Two times - i don't know..

Twice is an adverb and not a noun ,you can check this on
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/twice

what this means is that twice can not be used as an object of the prepositional phrases
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