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25. According to the enrollment statistics published by U.S. medical schools, the number of female medical students is equivalent to the number of male medical students currently enrolled in medical school. a) b) as many female as male students are currently enrolled in medical school c) the number of female students is as many as that of male students currently enrolled in medical school d) as great as the number of female is the number of male students currently enrolled in medical school e) female and male students are currently enrolled in equal numbers in medical school

I would go for option B, the rest all are too wordy.

According to the enrollment statistics published by U.S. medical schools, as many female as male students are currently enrolled in medical school _________________

25. According to the enrollment statistics published by U.S. medical schools, the number of female medical students is equivalent to the number of male medical students currently enrolled in medical school. a) b) as many female as male students are currently enrolled in medical school c) the number of female students is as many as that of male students currently enrolled in medical school d) as great as the number of female is the number of male students currently enrolled in medical school e) female and male students are currently enrolled in equal numbers in medical school

B and E are left but some how B looks better than E..

I couldnt figure out much between B and E. Can someone explain a better way of eliminating E?

BTW the OA is B.

25. According to the enrollment statistics published by U.S. medical schools, the number of female medical students is equivalent to the number of male medical students currently enrolled in medical school. a)the number of female medical students is equivalent to the number of male medical students currently enrolled in medical school b) as many female as male students are currently enrolled in medical school c) the number of female students is as many as that of male students currently enrolled in medical school d) as great as the number of female is the number of male students currently enrolled in medical school e) female and male students are currently enrolled in equal numbers in medical school

I would have said.

Between B & E perhaps E is more ambiguous "female and male students are currently enrolled in equal numbers in medical school."

"equal numbers" could be the name of a course ? _________________

25. According to the enrollment statistics published by U.S. medical schools, the number of female medical students is equivalent to the number of male medical students currently enrolled in medical school. a) b) as many female as male students are currently enrolled in medical school c) the number of female students is as many as that of male students currently enrolled in medical school d) as great as the number of female is the number of male students currently enrolled in medical school e) female and male students are currently enrolled in equal numbers in medical school

A. Incorrect, Equivalent is used for non-countable things. B. Correct use of as many as idiom. C. The number of female students as many as that of( the number of) male students.. Singular noun as many as singular noun ..Awkward.. Hence, incorrect..

D. as great as is not correct..Don't know the reasons but i think, we can use this in this context.. E. Equal numbers should modify female and male studens , not enrollment..

"equal numbers of female and male students are currently enrolled in medical school" would have been correct..

I wanted to say that equivalent is different from equal.

Equal = two things are equal equivalent = two things are approximately similar/equal

the orignal meaning of the sentence is the numbers are equal..

But use of equivalent indicates that they are approx. equal which distorts the meaning..

My appologies..

How can you conclude that the original meaning of the sentence is that the numbers are equal?

As far as I know, the number of students can be countable..So we can not use equivalent in this scenario..

We use equivalent such as "an equivalent amount of rice and wheat"..I don't remember any example but as far as know, equivalent is used when we can not count the quantity..

I didn´t explain myself clearly sorry. I completely agree that you cannot use equivalent here, you explained it nicely, but my point is that you cannot change the meaning of the sentence unless option A is incorrect. Because A is not correct then we can change the meaning.

When I read your message, I thought that you knew the original meaning was that the numbers were close to each other.

IMO if sentence A had been "the number of female students was close to the number of male students", then it would have been the correct choice.

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