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"4 times as likely" vs "4 times more likely"..??????????

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"4 times as likely" vs "4 times more likely"..?????????? [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2009, 05:39
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Can anyone explain what the difference is between four times as likely and four times more likely....Thanks
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Re: "4 times as likely" vs "4 times more likely"..?????????? [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2009, 01:23
I think both of them could be correct depending upon the context in which they are used. If you post your example, then others will be able to comment better.
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Re: "4 times as likely" vs "4 times more likely"..?????????? [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2009, 05:54
ok...here's the example that stumped me
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Re: "4 times as likely" vs "4 times more likely"..?????????? [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2009, 05:55
sorry.....the OA is C
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Re: "4 times as likely" vs "4 times more likely"..?????????? [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2009, 22:06
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we can use both structures:

S + V + multiple number (twice, three times, four times, etc) + as + adj/adv + as + noun/pronoun

or

S + V + multiple number + more + adj/adv + than + Noun/pronoun

both of them are correct

So, it's based on the context and other factors of a sentence when it comes to choose a correct answer

In your example:

(A) minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than are other graduates in planning to practice --> are is ungrammatically used here. Besides, in planning to practice seems wordy and illogical because of the continuous tense of verb plan here is not suitable
(B) minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than other graduates who plan on practicing --> this choice adds a sub clause "who plan on ... areas" into the sentence, unnecessarily modifying for a sub Noun as other graduates, while the main Noun minority graduates is not strongly and clearly modified: what is minority graduates 4 times more likely than other graduates for ?
(C) minority graduates are nearly four times as likely as other graduates to plan on practicing --> the best: correct structure ... four times as likely as ... , to plan on practicing is idiomatic, clear and a clear modification for the main noun minority grads than in (B)
(D) it is nearly four times more likely that minority graduates are rather than other graduates will plan to practice --> many errors !!!
(E) it is nearly four times as likely for minority graduates ... --> also many errors
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Re: "4 times as likely" vs "4 times more likely"..?????????? [#permalink] New post 16 May 2009, 06:50
oops!! I also chose B in GMATPrep

A. Object is "minority graduates" so "are" is wrong in A.
both B and C rectify comparison but B lacks the idiomatic for "likely to". Hence C is best.
"it" is unnecessary in D and E.
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Re: "4 times as likely" vs "4 times more likely"..?????????? [#permalink] New post 20 May 2009, 22:47
Pls let me know how to paste attachment on mail body ..i m not ble ato figure out how to go about it ..
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Re: "4 times as likely" vs "4 times more likely"..??????????   [#permalink] 20 May 2009, 22:47
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