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# According to a survey of graduating medical students

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According to a survey of graduating medical students [#permalink]  20 Jan 2005, 05:06
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According to a survey of graduating medical students conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges, minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than are other graduates in planning to practice in socioeconomically deprived areas.

A. minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than are other graduates in planning to practice

B. minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than other graduates who plan on practicing

C. minority graduates are nearly four times as likely as other graduates to plan on practicing

D. it is nearly four times more likely that minority graduates rather than other graduates will plan to practice

E. it is nearly four times as likely for minority graduates than other graduates to plan to practice
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C seems to be the best option.

"likely to", "more than" and "as likely as" are idiomatic. A,B,D,E make one idiom mistake or another.
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(C)

"times" and "more than" should not go together
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A. minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than are other graduates in planning to practice
OK

B. minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than other graduates who plan on practicing
The meaning of the sentence is changed. So eliminate it just for that.

C. minority graduates are nearly four times as likely as other graduates to plan on practicing
Idioms are 'More likely than', and 'As likely as'.
But 'as likely as' is used to compare things at the equal level. Here the first one is four times the second. Therefore, four times as likely as is not correct.

D. it is nearly four times more likely that minority graduates rather than other graduates will plan to practice
Modifier problem. "According to a survey of graduating medical students conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges" is modifying it. The use of future tense 'will' is another reason we can eliminate this one - the meaning is altered.

E. it is nearly four times as likely for minority graduates than other graduates to plan to practice
Modifier problem. "According to a survey of graduating medical students conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges" is modifying 'it'. There are other problems also that make this sentence ackward.
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Thanks nocilis

The OA is A.
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Re: SC0801 [#permalink]  30 Aug 2005, 04:45
chunjuwu wrote:
According to a survey of graduating medical students conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges, minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than are other graduates in planning to practice in socioeconomically deprived areas.

A. minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than are other graduates in planning to practice

Can someone explain why "are" is used during comparisons sometimes and other times "are" isnt used?

E.g: Minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than other graduates to work in areas striken by povery ----> Here "are" isnt used.
But in the original sentence "are" is used.
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I was able to eliminate C, D, E.

I was stuck between A and B and I chose B. I thought using "Are" in choice A is wrong. Can you explanin how B changes the meaning and when to use "Are" in comparisions and when not to use it.

Is it that in B the reference to "Who" is ambiguous. It can refer to either minority graduates or other graduates.
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