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# According to a recent study, the elderly in the United

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According to a recent study, the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children as to receive it from them.
(A) the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children as
(B) the elderly in the United States are four times as likely to give regular financial aid to their children as it is for them
(C) the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children than
(D) it is four times more likely for the elderly in the United Statesto give regular financial aid to their children than they are
(E) it is four times as likely that the elderly in the United States will give their children regular financial aid as they are

wats d diff betwn 'as likely' and 'more likely' and wats d correct idiom pertaining to them.. as in ...'more likely to/than'..?
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07 Jul 2009, 13:45
WhyabloodyMBA wrote:
According to a recent study, the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children as to receive it from them.
(A) the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children as
(B) the elderly in the United States are four times as likely to give regular financial aid to their children as it is for them
(C) the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children than
(D) it is four times more likely for the elderly in the United Statesto give regular financial aid to their children than they are
(E) it is four times as likely that the elderly in the United States will give their children regular financial aid as they are

wats d diff betwn 'as likely' and 'more likely' and wats d correct idiom pertaining to them.. as in ...'more likely to/than'..?

Is it C?

As likely is "about the same" - like 50/50 chance of either happening. More likely is the chances of something happening is greater. So I think that means B and E are out of the answers. I think C is more clear. D is a bit wordy and B just doesnt sound right with the last part....
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07 Jul 2009, 13:46

Made my choice on the premise that "more likely....than" is the proper idiomatic expression.
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08 Jul 2009, 06:20
WhyabloodyMBA wrote:
According to a recent study, the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children as to receive it from them.
(A) the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children as
(B) the elderly in the United States are four times as likely to give regular financial aid to their children as it is for them
(C) the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children than
(D) it is four times more likely for the elderly in the United Statesto give regular financial aid to their children than they are
(E) it is four times as likely that the elderly in the United States will give their children regular financial aid as they are

wats d diff betwn 'as likely' and 'more likely' and wats d correct idiom pertaining to them.. as in ...'more likely to/than'..?

IMO C ... more X than Y

A is wrong for wrong idiom. ( more X as Y ??)
B unnecessary 'it' twice

D 'it' is referring to what?
E same as D
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08 Jul 2009, 06:21
WhyabloodyMBA wrote:
According to a recent study, the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children as to receive it from them.
(A) the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children as
(B) the elderly in the United States are four times as likely to give regular financial aid to their children as it is for them
(C) the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children than
(D) it is four times more likely for the elderly in the United Statesto give regular financial aid to their children than they are
(E) it is four times as likely that the elderly in the United States will give their children regular financial aid as they are

wats d diff betwn 'as likely' and 'more likely' and wats d correct idiom pertaining to them.. as in ...'more likely to/than'..?

and by the way can you please underline the testing part? it makes easy for us..
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08 Jul 2009, 08:35
ugimba wrote:
WhyabloodyMBA wrote:
According to a recent study, the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children as to receive it from them.
(A) the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children as
(B) the elderly in the United States are four times as likely to give regular financial aid to their children as it is for them
(C) the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children than
(D) it is four times more likely for the elderly in the United Statesto give regular financial aid to their children than they are
(E) it is four times as likely that the elderly in the United States will give their children regular financial aid as they are

wats d diff betwn 'as likely' and 'more likely' and wats d correct idiom pertaining to them.. as in ...'more likely to/than'..?

IMO C ... more X than Y

A is wrong for wrong idiom. ( more X as Y ??)
B unnecessary 'it' twice

D 'it' is referring to what?
E same as D

'it' could be a placeholder IT, which doesnt has an antecedent.... or is it that only in particular cases this 'placeholder IT' is used.

ugimba wrote:
WhyabloodyMBA wrote:
According to a recent study, the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children as to receive it from them.
(A) the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children as
(B) the elderly in the United States are four times as likely to give regular financial aid to their children as it is for them
(C) the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children than
(D) it is four times more likely for the elderly in the United Statesto give regular financial aid to their children than they are
(E) it is four times as likely that the elderly in the United States will give their children regular financial aid as they are

wats d diff betwn 'as likely' and 'more likely' and wats d correct idiom pertaining to them.. as in ...'more likely to/than'..?

and by the way can you please underline the testing part? it makes easy for us..

des wer few of ma new posts, so just missed out to underline, will do so hereafter.
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WhyabloodyMBA wrote:
ugimba wrote:
WhyabloodyMBA wrote:
According to a recent study, the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children as to receive it from them.
(A) the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children as
(B) the elderly in the United States are four times as likely to give regular financial aid to their children as it is for them
(C) the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children than
(D) it is four times more likely for the elderly in the United Statesto give regular financial aid to their children than they are
(E) it is four times as likely that the elderly in the United States will give their children regular financial aid as they are

wats d diff betwn 'as likely' and 'more likely' and wats d correct idiom pertaining to them.. as in ...'more likely to/than'..?

IMO C ... more X than Y

A is wrong for wrong idiom. ( more X as Y ??)
B unnecessary 'it' twice

D 'it' is referring to what?
E same as D

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'it' could be a placeholder IT, which doesnt has an antecedent.... or is it that only in particular cases this 'placeholder IT' is used.

you are correct. 'it' can be used as place holder. I too was not too confident making that option wrong by just 'it' but some how this sentence was not as good as option C ..
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C for me.

more likely X than Y

more likely [to give] than [to receive] --> is idiomatic
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22 Jul 2010, 19:11
c...explanation same as seekmba
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23 Jul 2010, 03:04
(A) the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children as
(B) the elderly in the United States are four times as likely to give regular financial aid to their children as it is for them
(C) the elderly in the United States are four times more likely to give regular financial aid to their children than
(D) it is four times more likely for the elderly in the United Statesto give regular financial aid to their children than they are
(E) it is four times as likely that the elderly in the United States will give their children regular financial aid as they are

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23 Jul 2010, 07:17
Is it C? Considering the responses I think C is the right choice, but can u share the OA please.
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23 Jul 2010, 09:47
IMO C.
"as to' is incorrect according to me and in C its nicely replaced by than
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01 May 2013, 09:51
Even though 'as likely as' expression is correct, the original sentence is trying to say something like 4 times more likely than, so only C reflects the intended meaning. Also C is concise while other choices are wordy.
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