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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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21 Sep 2005, 22:52
I am confused between A & C..but finally i'll choose C
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21 Sep 2005, 23:11
IMO, "A is four times as likely as B" is better than both "A is four times more likely than B" & "A is four times as likely than B"

Thus, (A), (B), (D), (E) are out.

I'll pick (C).
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22 Sep 2005, 02:38
I will go for A.

Don't know if you can use
as likely as in this context.
does anybody know when to use
as likely as and when to use more likely than

isn't as likely as used when comparing two equal clauses?
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22 Sep 2005, 03:03
Its a clear A for me!

The purpose of saying 4 time is to show how much more one is than the other and not how equal one is to the other! So that takes out C and E

D is vague with its usage of it

B is out coz it seems to say minority guys are more likely than those who plan to practice .....

But the essence here is A is more likely that B in doing something...and not necessarily A is more likely than B who does something! This is like saying A is more likely than a specific group who does something which is not the case! I hope im being clear here! (well i used the dreaded word being !! )

SO that leaves us with A!
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22 Sep 2005, 04:53
i take D. in A...more likely ...in planning is awkward.
in D, it is ...is not so offending as to choose A.

OA?
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22 Sep 2005, 10:50
I will go for C....'four times as likely as' is better than 'four times more likely as' ...

Guess this is a OA question..

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22 Sep 2005, 13:03
I think A is right

D and E are out because of their structure.

C is wrong because "as likely as" indicates the equality, since 4 times is used, it will be appropriate to use MORE THAN structure.

B changes the meaning.. here is how..

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

The color in orange is a restrictive clause and is modifying other graduates.

Now we are comparing minority graduates with other graduates ON WHAT CRITERIA. The predicate is missing in B.

A solves it all.
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22 Sep 2005, 17:29
hmmm, nearly all options there in the replies. I'll go with C on this one.
Nakib, can you explain how C changes meaning?
IMO, "as likely" should be followed by "to", which only C fits.
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22 Sep 2005, 19:41
rahulraao wrote:
Its a clear A for me!

The purpose of saying 4 time is to show how much more one is than the other and not how equal one is to the other! So that takes out C and E

.....

SO that leaves us with A!

I believe it is possible to make a comparison sentence using 'as~as~'. We can meet the goal of saying '4 times' by using 'as~as~', too.

What I focus on this question is the word "4 times". When it comes to multiple numbers like "X times", the grammar "more~ than~" cannot be used. "...X times as~ as~" is the correct grammar.

I was taught so when I was in middle school. And so I am not very sure whether I'm right or not.

Well, somebody correct me if my grammar is wrong.
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23 Sep 2005, 03:28
OA is A...

I think "as likely as" is a very good observation. Thanks.
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23 Sep 2005, 13:28
I think OA is not A.

OA is C. can you make sure you got the source right. The OA I am reffering to is from SC1000 that I got from this forum.

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25 Sep 2005, 08:13
B it is

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25 Sep 2005, 09:25
Vote for C.

I think "X times as likely as" is the best phrase in this case.

Moreover, likely + to do is better than likely + in doing.
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26 Sep 2005, 04:52
I had to choose between A & C, and i think - as likely as - is a correct represenation. So I go with C
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09 Nov 2005, 19:29
gamjatang wrote:
rahulraao wrote:
Its a clear A for me!

The purpose of saying 4 time is to show how much more one is than the other and not how equal one is to the other! So that takes out C and E

.....

SO that leaves us with A!

I believe it is possible to make a comparison sentence using 'as~as~'. We can meet the goal of saying '4 times' by using 'as~as~', too.

What I focus on this question is the word "4 times". When it comes to multiple numbers like "X times", the grammar "more~ than~" cannot be used. "...X times as~ as~" is the correct grammar.

I was taught so when I was in middle school. And so I am not very sure whether I'm right or not.

Well, somebody correct me if my grammar is wrong.

Well, if this is the grammer, then one cant argue much...but still I feel a bit awkward using as likely as when my purpose is to convery how much A is more than B!

Any takers for this...any new perspectives??
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09 Nov 2005, 23:27
I pick A because it maintains the correct comparison

[minority graduates] + [are] .... more likely than [are] + [other graduates]
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