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42. 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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11 Apr 2006, 06:50
Isint it that those students are more likely...... to practice, or are they as likely.....to plan?
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11 Apr 2006, 08:49
Nothing wrong with 'A'.

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.
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11 Apr 2006, 12:00
rhyme wrote:
SimaQ wrote:
Isint it that those students are more likely...... to practice, or are they as likely.....to plan?

Not sure I'm following your question here... can you rephrase?

I chose C for a weak reason to be honest, it could be wrong. I picked it because I felt that "as ... as" was the proper idiom here.

I see... I picked A for the following reason: minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than are other graduates in planning to practice in socioeconomically deprived areas

Thus i think this sentece wants to say that graduates are more likely to practice in some areas, rather than that they are more likely to plan as it is in C.....
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11 Apr 2006, 18:23
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42. 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

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

i guess gramatically C is better than A but A makes more sense and is more meaningful than C. while making comparision, i prefer "more than" to "as as". so go with A.

seems the question draws more controversy. Expert's help appreciated.

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11 Apr 2006, 18:24
I will go for C.
"...are more likely... to plan on practicing... " seems to be correct compared to "...are more likely... in practicing".

What is the OA?
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12 Apr 2006, 05:43
I believe A does a wrong comparison. comparison should be between minority graduates and other graduates.

In A, ( more likely than are other graduates ) the word "are" makes the sentence awkward.
I believe, the sentence should be "more likely than other graduates".
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12 Apr 2006, 09:23
C) minority graduates are nearly four times as likely as other graduates to plan on practicing
Explanation:
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- Though the usage of both 'as likely as' and 'more likely than' is correct, the option C) is preferred because of the use of "to plan on practicing in..."

'as likely as' serves as a connector for comparison...if you try to see the sentence without comparison, then you will observe that:
"...minority graduates are likely to plan on practicing in..."
which looks far better than:
"minority graduates are likely in planning to practice in..." (modified version of A)

This is just my understanding...please correct if I am wrong
I prefer Answer C: ...as likely as...to plan on practicing   [#permalink] 12 Apr 2006, 09:23
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