Let us look at the options.
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
Looking at the underline statement, do we see an error ?.. Naaa..
Looking at the choices, do we see an error ?. Let us look at the choices (a glance).
All of them have this change in them "Plan on, planning to, plan to" .. bingo. Is "PLAN To"
an idiom?. Yes it is. Then PLAN ON
or PLANNING ON
is wrong. Is it not?
We can eliminate choices B and C. Left with A, D, E.
Again, there are idioms in these sentences. "MORE THAN", "AS LIKELY AS"
D can be eliminated right away with such wordy sentence. "more likely that ..." awakward, wordy. D eliminated.
Left with E now. It does not follow the correct Idiom, AS LIKELY AS. Hence eliminated.
Choice A, follows "Plan To", and does not have the idiom problem AS LIKELY AS. Remmeber "AS LIKELY .....AS". In choice A, there is no AS LIKELY, there is only Likely, hence there is no idiom problem.
Giving another SHOT