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    During his administration, Thomas Jefferson pursued

    During his administration, Thomas Jefferson pursued a policy of expansion. He seized an opportunity when Napoleon Bonaparte decided to forfeit French ambitions in North America by offering the Louisiana territory for sale. This remarkable acquisition, purchased for a few cents per acre, more than "doubled the area of the United states".
    Question: I've heard this expression: "double the amount, number, size etc". But we have "doubled" here. What's the difference?

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    Re: During his administration, Thomas Jefferson pursued

    The past tense of the verb is used for something that happened in the past. This is not unusual.

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    Re: During his administration, Thomas Jefferson pursued

    But Longman says "double" in the "double the size" is a predeterminer! And you say it's a verb!

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    Re: During his administration, Thomas Jefferson pursued

    In this context, 'doubled'' is a verb.

    In a different context: 'Texas is double the size of Louisiana', 'double' is not a verb. Whether or not it's a predeterminer is another matter.

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    Re: During his administration, Thomas Jefferson pursued

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    But Longman says "double" in the "double the size" is a predeterminer! And you say it's a verb!
    It's a verb denoting the impact of the purchase. Dictionaries do not claim to cover every single instance of every pairing of words. Anyway, they are talking about double the size, not doubled the size, so what they say does not refer to this phrase, no matter how many exclamation marks you use.

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    Re: During his administration, Thomas Jefferson pursued

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    But Longman says "double" in the "double the size" is a predeterminer! And you say it's a verb!
    Are you sure that Longman only gives "double" as a determiner? I don't have a copy of it, but almost every other dictionary also defines its use as a verb. Here is an example from Cambridge Dictionaries Online: double verb - definition in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

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