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23 Aug 2011, 22:30
+1 for C
A) Means Minority students = 4+1 ( More than ) other students
B) Means Minority students = 4+1 ( More than ) other students
c) Means Minority students = 4 ( More than ) other students
d) more likely that minority graduates rather than
e) as ................... than - idiom error
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24 Aug 2011, 09:15
I choose C. As..as construction is need to compare two things. The two "are" --> Good parallelism. X is more likely than y --> sounds strange and confusing.
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27 Aug 2011, 04:23
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
E. it is nearly four times as likely for minority graduates than other graduates to plan
to practice

There have been lotta discussion around this question however, not one of them is concrete.
OA i have is A but I chose C..can someone help me understand why A and not C
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03 Sep 2011, 12:37
D and E are out at the beginning. A and B are awkwardly constructed. That leaves us with C.
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05 Dec 2011, 21:24
+1 C

"likely to" is the idiom.
"more" always requires "that"
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05 Dec 2011, 22:00
According to a survey of graduating medical students conducted by Association of American Medical College, 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 are 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.

D and E are definitely out. very awkward.
A is out since 'more likely than are', should compare 'minority graduates' to 'other graduates' .. are is not needed.

Remaining B and C, even though i choose C, for the use of 'as likely as', i can't find whats the issue with B. Anyone ?
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23 Aug 2012, 04:35
Seems like a matter of tense and S/V agreement. Subject is minority grads, verb is plan, so you have to pick the combination that fits best.
A. minority grads are likely...in planning (doesn't work)
B. minority grads are likely...who plan (doesn't work)
C. minority grads are likely...to plan (could work)
D. is likely minority grads...will plan (could work)
E. is likely minority grads...to plan (doesn't work)

So between C and D, the main difference seems to be picking between "As likely as" and "more likely than". D sounds awkward because of the arrangement of the words; "more likely that minority grads rather than other grads will plan..."
C is the remaining choice and best answer.
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23 Aug 2012, 06:02
It boils down to plan on practicing vs. in planning to practice.

Someone has to be more likely TO DO something and not more likely IN DOING something.
I believe the same concept works for AS LIKELY and also MORE LIKELY as well.

The funny thing I think most people would have been stumped with in this question is that the correct asnwer actually CHANGES the meaning of the ORIGINAL.

The author intends to say MORE LIKELY than which implied 5x times rather than 4x times
where as the correct answer changes that meaning to state 4x times. I think this is because the GMAT doesn't like the 4x more likely than format. It prefers a much simpler either 5x as likely as or the 4x as likely as.
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23 Aug 2012, 08:24
A) minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than are other graduates in planning to practice
- it should be AS likely.
(B) minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than other graduates who plan on practicing
- "who plan on praticing.." describes "other graduates".
(C) minority graduates are nearly four times as likely as are other graduates to plan on practicing
- CORRECT- uses "as likely as".
(D) it is nearly four times more likely that minority graduates rather than other graduates will plan to practice
- super wordy and awkward
(E) it is nearly four times as likely for minority graduates than other graduates to plan to practice
- really awkward sequence of wordiness

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23 Aug 2012, 12:03
It boils down to A or C

A: X is more likely than Y.................... in planning to practise.....

C : X is more likely than Y......................to plan in practising...... ( lets replace as likely with more likely)

X is more likely than Y.............( to do what?)..... = To plan ...( then some narratives wrt PLAN ie in practising in rural/urban......bla blal bla areas)

one more thing that can be mooted over :

thus Minority graduates can be as less or equal to BUT definitely not MORE than normal graduates in any act.

Leading to ............... AS LIKELY AS ......... and not MORE LIKELY THAN

Leading to C = my take.
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30 Aug 2012, 00:29
The moment I saw this question I felt like I had seen this problem before. Reading through the posts it has been mentioned to be a GMATPrep question.

I chose C owing to the fact that "as likely as" is the correct use of the idiom. I am not sure of I recall having read this during my last attempt on this question but that is why I chose C.
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08 Aug 2014, 05:50
According to a survey of graduating medical students conducted by Association of American Medical College, 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 are 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

According to a survey of graduating medical students conducted by Association of American Medical College, minority graduates are nearly four times as likely as are other graduates to plan on practicing in socioeconomically deprived areas.

1. minority graduates are likely to plan on practicing in socioeconomically deprived areas.
2. other graduates are likely to plan on practicing in socioeconomically deprived areas.

Using comparison signal as <adj> as and combining 1 and 2, the sentence can be written as follows.

[ minority graduates] [ are ] [ nearly four times ] [as likely as] [other graduates] to plan on practicing in socioeconomically deprived areas.
However, option C uses the helping verb "are" again after "as".
Can we not omit the 'are' after "as" to make the sentence more concise?

Can any one explain sentence structure in option C.
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09 Aug 2014, 08:44
isn't 'plan on' unidiomatic? hence, would go for D.
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31 Aug 2015, 22:03
"...as likely as" just feels all kinds of wrong here. Can anyone link to actual usage of this idiom, I feel like I've never seen it written this way. Even substitution other numbers, it feels even more wrong.

two times as likely as...
ten times as likely as...
100 times as likely as...
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