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Re: SC-number of students [#permalink]
13 Jun 2006, 20:43

itishaj wrote:

Acc. to the enrollment statistics published by U.S medical schools, the number of female medical students is equivalent to the number of male medical students currently enrolled in medical schools.

A)the number of female medical students is equivalent to the number of male medical students currently enrolled in medical schools B)as many females as male students are currently enrolled in medical schools C)the number of female students is as many as that of male students currently enrolled in medical schools D)as great as the number of female is the number of male students currently enrolled in medical school E)female and male students are currently enrolled in equal numbers in medical school.

Plz explain....

Good Question.

I will pick B.

Acc. to the enrollment statistics published by U.S medical schools,as many females as male students are currently enrolled in medical schools.

Reasons:
- as many as structure
- ||ism

Although "females" is not mentioned as "female students", however I feel if "females" are enrolled in the medical college, they should be considered as "female students" of medical schools.

Regards,
Brajesh

Last edited by b14kumar on 13 Jun 2006, 21:51, edited 1 time in total.

I saw this one earlier in KaplanGMAT 800. Had picked (E) at the first pass but the OA is (B). The explanation for (B) over (E) is that B is more concise and succint although i didn't seen them pick any holes in (E).

Re: SC-number of students [#permalink]
17 Jun 2006, 01:26

itishaj wrote:

Acc. to the enrollment statistics published by U.S medical schools, the number of female medical students is equivalent to the number of male medical students currently enrolled in medical schools.

A)the number of female medical students is equivalent to the number of male medical students currently enrolled in medical schools B)as many females as male students are currently enrolled in medical schools C)the number of female students is as many as that of male students currently enrolled in medical schools D)as great as the number of female is the number of male students currently enrolled in medical school E)female and male students are currently enrolled in equal numbers in medical school.

Plz explain....

I remember it's said in some post that "is equivalent to" is better used for quanlitive comparison, not quantitive comparison. Thus, I eliminate A.
C: the number of .....as many as .....the number of ---> extremely awkward.
D somehow distorts the original meaning.
It's difficult to deny E but I bet B on this one.

A)the number of female medical students is equivalent to the number of male medical students currently enrolled in medical schools
>> 'equvivalent' usage is not good here to compare numbers. 'equal to' or 'equvivalent' can be used in very broad sense, to compare countable or non-countable objects.

B)as many females as male students are currently enrolled in medical schools
>> The only problem I see here is comparision of "females with male students"

C)the number of female students is as many as that of male students currently enrolled in medical schools
>> Out! number can't be as many as.

D)as great as the number of female is the number of male students currently enrolled in medical school
>> Out! "as great as", also awkward construction.

E)female and male students are currently enrolled in equal numbers in medical school.
>> This changes the meaning, it indicates as if students are enrolled in equal number 'purposely'

Re: SC-number of students [#permalink]
17 Jun 2006, 06:27

itishaj wrote:

Acc. to the enrollment statistics published by U.S medical schools, the number of female medical students is equivalent to the number of male medical students currently enrolled in medical schools.

A)the number of female medical students is equivalent to the number of male medical students currently enrolled in medical schools B)as many females as male students are currently enrolled in medical schools C)the number of female students is as many as that of male students currently enrolled in medical schools D)as great as the number of female is the number of male students currently enrolled in medical school E)female and male students are currently enrolled in equal numbers in medical school.

Plz explain....

According to my copy of the 2005-06 Kap800, answer choice (B) should read:

as many female as male students are currently enrolled in medical school.

Also, can reconfirm that the OA is (B) because it is the most succint option.

Re: SC-number of students [#permalink]
17 Jun 2006, 08:19

B seems good.

I don't think females and male students violate parallelism.
If 'females' is changed to 'female students', it looks redundant.
==> female students are enrolled in medical schools.

And 'male students' looks ok, too.
Because we cannot say
"As many females as males who are enrolled in medical schools are enrolled in medical schools" _________________

A)the number of female medical students is equivalent to the number of male medical students currently enrolled in medical schools >> 'equvivalent' usage is not good here to compare numbers. 'equal to' or 'equvivalent' can be used in very broad sense, to compare countable or non-countable objects.

B)as many females as male students are currently enrolled in medical schools >> The only problem I see here is comparision of "females with male students"

C)the number of female students is as many as that of male students currently enrolled in medical schools >> Out! number can't be as many as.

D)as great as the number of female is the number of male students currently enrolled in medical school >> Out! "as great as", also awkward construction.

E)female and male students are currently enrolled in equal numbers in medical school. >> This changes the meaning, it indicates as if students are enrolled in equal number 'purposely'

Less problematic choice: B

I agree. In E, it seems that the same ratio of male/female students are enrolled in each school. Medical school is confusing because it actually refers to a group of schools.