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Not many of us realize that the chance of mishaps may be as great, if not greater, while walking on the road than driving a car in a car race.
• may be as great, if not greater, while walking on the road than
• may be as great, if not greater, while walking on the road as
• may be greater while walking on the road, than
• are at least as great while walking on the road as
• may be at least as great while walking on the road as
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06 Mar 2011, 16:38
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IMO, E.

A - The sentence lacks of an "as". The idiom is "as adj. as".
B - Usually, a comparative (greater )requires a "than" in GMAT.
C- Changes the meaning.
D- Changes the meaning. In this case, the writer is sure of his claim.: "are at least".
E - Correct.
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06 Mar 2011, 18:15
IMO D

chance and may be - redundant. Only one will exist.

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06 Mar 2011, 20:09
gmat1220 wrote:
IMO D

chance and may be - redundant. Only one will exist.

...the chance is, not are
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06 Mar 2011, 20:11
I think that a typo
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06 Mar 2011, 20:13
gmat1220 wrote:
I think that a typo

Might be I guess, the author should confirm this
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06 Mar 2011, 20:20
I would go with D too.. Chance and maybe seem redudnant,
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06 Mar 2011, 22:33
Between B and E ...
E- as great as is correct usage here ..
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07 Mar 2011, 13:53
E is the answer. The official explanation goes as: Choice (A) is wrong. ‘As great’ must be completed with an ‘as’, the correct usage is as great as. Choice (B) is wrong ‘as greater’ is a comparative adjective and takes ‘than’ to complete. Choice (C) is wrong as it implies that chances of mishaps on roads may always be greater than chances of mishaps while driving a car in a race. Choice (D) corrects this mistake but by using ‘are’ wrongly implies a certainty of chances of mishaps while walking on a road being at least as high as while participating in a car race. Choice (E) is the best option. Here, the notion of greater is also included in at least as great as.
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06 Jan 2014, 12:16
zuperman wrote:
Not many of us realize that the chance of mishaps may be as great, if not greater, while walking on the road than driving a car in a car race.
• may be as great, if not greater, while walking on the road than
• may be as great, if not greater, while walking on the road as
• may be greater while walking on the road, than
• are at least as great while walking on the road as
• may be at least as great while walking on the road as

At least as great. GMAC's favorite

Hence E is the clear winner here

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26 Jan 2014, 12:21
I will also go for D as words such as chance,probability already demonstrate an act under uncertainty and the use of words such as "may be" is redundant.
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19 Feb 2014, 02:33

"while walking..." is a contracted subordinate clause which need an independent clause , subject of which must refer logically to "walking". "chance" can not refer to "walking".

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20 Feb 2014, 13:02
Option E does not convey the meaning as expressed in original sentence.
chance of mishaps may be as great, if not greater basically it conveys chances of mishaps while walking on the road are equivalent to while driving the car, and it explicitly mentioning not greater.

But choice E at least as great while walking on the road as driving the car is removing the cap of not greater which is explicitly mentioned in original sentence.

Thus B looks much better choice, which preserves the meaning of original sentence.
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21 Feb 2014, 06:51
Does not option E change the meaning ?
Is ' may be as great, if not greater,' equivalent to 'at least as great as ' ?

Can an expert jump in and explain please?
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21 Feb 2014, 14:07
may be as great, if not greater -- is definitely not equivalent to at least as great as.

as great as or greater than = at least as great as
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apparently we shouldn't be concerned with mathematical issues -- technically, "four times as likely as X" is 4X, while "four times MORE likely than X" is actually 5X. apparently, this is not a big deal on the verbal section.

may be as great, if not greater : I think if not greater is redundant in this sentence; here as great as is enough to suggest that chance is equivalent but not great.

Now choice E makes sense.

• may be as great, if not greater, while walking on the road than ( if not great is redundant + as.. than error)
• may be as great, if not greater, while walking on the road as ( if not great is redundant )
• may be greater while walking on the road, than ( the chance of mishap is as great as not greater than changing meaning )
• are at least as great while walking on the road as ( S -V error the chance is singular)
• may be at least as great while walking on the road as ( chance is equal or more looks fine)

If E had been written as "may be as great while walking on the road as" then it would have appear much convincing among other choices.
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apparently we shouldn't be concerned with mathematical issues -- technically, "four times as likely as X" is 4X, while "four times MORE likely than X" is actually 5X. apparently, this is not a big deal on the verbal section.

may be as great, if not greater : I think if not greater is redundant in this sentence; here as great as is enough to suggest that chance is equivalent but not great.

Now choice E makes sense.

• may be as great, if not greater, while walking on the road than ( if not great is redundant + as.. than error)
• may be as great, if not greater, while walking on the road as ( if not great is redundant )
• may be greater while walking on the road, than ( the chance of mishap is as great as not greater than changing meaning )
• are at least as great while walking on the road as ( S -V error the chance is singular)
• may be at least as great while walking on the road as ( chance is equal or more looks fine)

If E had been written as "may be as great while walking on the road as" then it would have appear much convincing among other choices.

i searched the phrase "as great, if not great" on google, and it appears that this is not commonly used.
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Not many of us realize that the chance of mishaps may be as great, if not greater, while walking on the road than driving a car in a car race.
• may be as great, if not greater, while walking on the road than
• may be as great, if not greater, while walking on the road as
• may be greater while walking on the road, than
• are at least as great while walking on the road as
• may be at least as great while walking on the road as

took a while to select between B and E.

may be at least as great = may be as great, if not greater.

the latter is wordy opposed to the former which looks tidy.

i don't know if there is any error as such in B other than this.
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