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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

*After searching the board I understand that the correct idiom is "likely to", but I am confused because I feel that we are making a comparison and "more likely than" sounds more correct, and "as likely as" changes the meaning away from being a clear cut comparison. Am I missing something here?
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Re: SC- Graduates and Idiom use [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2008, 16:12
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A. minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than are other graduates in planning to practice
Seems OK.

B. minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than other graduates who plan on practicing
Sentence incomplete. "minority graduates are nearly four times more likely" in what? "who plan on practicing" modifies only "other graduates".

C. minority graduates are nearly four times as likely as other graduates to plan on practicing
Meaning changed. Minority graduates are supposed to be four time more likely not as likely.

D. it is nearly four times more likely that minority graduates rather than other graduates will plan to practice
"it" has no referent.

E. it is nearly four times as likely for minority graduates than other graduates to plan to
practice
"it" has no referent.
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Re: SC- Graduates and Idiom use [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2008, 16:29
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Since none of the option choices have "likely to" you'll have to settle for the next best thing. The next best thing is A in my opinion as it performs the comparison correctly.
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Re: SC- Graduates and Idiom use [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2008, 17:17
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A. minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than are other graduates in planning to practice-> proper comparison

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->awkward construction

E. it is nearly four times as likely for minority graduates than other graduates to plan to practice
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jlola21 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
- the correct idiom is X is/are more.. likely.. than..Y to..
B. minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than other graduates who plan on practicing
- the correct idiom is X is/are more.. likely.. than..Y to..
C. minority graduates are nearly four times as likely as other graduates to plan on practicing
- correct comparision between clauses.
D. it is nearly four times more likely that minority graduates rather than other graduates will plan to practice
- the correct idiom is X is/are more.. likely.. than..Y to..
- also "rather than" is redundant here.
E. it is nearly four times as likely for minority graduates than other graduates to plan to practice
- as likely..than..to.. Incorrect
*After searching the board I understand that the correct idiom is "likely to", but I am confused because I feel that we are making a comparison and "more likely than" sounds more correct, and "as likely as" changes the meaning away from being a clear cut comparison. Am I missing something here?


Note: "to practice" is incorrect in A,D & E. as "practice" is a noun and not a verb. the verb form is "practise". :)
And out of B & C, C is correct.
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Re: SC- Graduates and Idiom use [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2008, 22:57
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jlola21 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

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

*After searching the board I understand that the correct idiom is "likely to", but I am confused because I feel that we are making a comparison and "more likely than" sounds more correct, and "as likely as" changes the meaning away from being a clear cut comparison. Am I missing something here?


I use POE. E,D are out because they are not idiomatic.

I eliminate B because I don't thing other graduate plan.

I choose C for reason: shorter one, and use TO PLAN while A use PLANNING.
Re: SC- Graduates and Idiom use   [#permalink] 20 Jun 2008, 22:57
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