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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.
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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
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Re: Brutal SC # 25 [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2009, 22:43
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
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Re: Brutal SC # 25 [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2009, 13:05
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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


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

IMO B
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Re: Brutal SC # 25 [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2009, 13:19
A C D are awkward, leaving B and E.

E: 'equal numbers' could refer to anything, not necessarily population.

B is better
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Re: Brutal SC # 25 [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2009, 18:17
I couldnt figure out much between B and E. Can someone explain a better way of eliminating E?

BTW the OA is B.
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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 ?
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Re: Brutal SC # 25 [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2009, 09:14
Late, but I also narrowed down the answer to B.
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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


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..
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Re: Brutal SC # 25 [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2009, 09:34
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A. Incorrect, Equivalent is used for non-countable things.



Can you quote some examples???
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Re: Brutal SC # 25 [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2009, 09:56
Hi,

Actually, I put it incorrectly..

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..:(
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Re: Brutal SC # 25 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2009, 03:22
gmate2010 wrote:
Hi,

Actually, I put it incorrectly..

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?
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Re: Brutal SC # 25 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2009, 06:18
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gmate2010 wrote:
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Actually, I put it incorrectly..

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..
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Re: Brutal SC # 25 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2009, 09:35
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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30 is not equivalent to 30 ; 30 is equal to 30.. :)
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Re: Brutal SC # 25 [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2010, 03:37
Totally missed the "equivalent" part. Anyone can explain why B is better than E? Is it only due to wordiness?
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Re: Brutal SC # 25 [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2010, 04:04
went wrong with E.
B is the best.

In E, "in equal numbers" modifies enrollment. It could mean that some students are not enrolled. B has no such ambiguity.
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Re: Brutal SC # 25 [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2010, 05:48
I was also stuck between (B) and (E). Ended up selecting (E) and understood why I was wrong when read the following explanation:

e) female and male students are currently enrolled in equal numbers in medical school

as someone explained earlier......

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......would have been correct
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Re: Brutal SC # 25 [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2010, 02:32
Another way of eliminating E would to acknowledge that B is idiomatically better constructed than E.

We can't forget that GMAT looks for concise and better constructed sol also and not only grammatically correct ones.


Nice analysis on this question everyone..thanks
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