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three typical questions [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2004, 13:58
Hi! Here are a few questions (3) which I find are typical in their own way. Please have a look at them and let me know if you can draw any lines of similarity among them.

Here are the three questions:-

4. 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

I feel that A has a problem because

S V than V S is this really feasible ????

I need more examples to such exceptions to the rule.

The new sports car is heavier than usual for a performance automobile, but it is exceptional because of its high-powered engine.

A) usual

B) it is usual

C) one usually is

D) is usual

E) has been usual

(D) is the correct answer. It employs the parallel construction, 'the sports car is.... than (is) usual for a ...'. (A) is ruled out because it does not create a parallel comparison. In (B), the 'it' is redundant; so is the 'one' in (C). (E) is incorrect because of the verb tense, which should stay in the present. (D) is the best answer because it uses parallel construction.

Analysts blamed May's sluggish retail sales on unexciting merchandise as well as the weather, colder and wetter than was usual in some regions. which slowed sales of barbecue grills and lawn furniture.
(A) colder and wetter than was usual in some regions, which slowed
(B) which was colder and wetter than usual in some regions, slowing
(C) since it was colder and wetter than usually in some regions, which slowed
(D) being colder and wetter than usually in some regions, slowing
(E) having been colder and wetter than was usual in some regions and slowed

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 [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2004, 14:52
Hi mohit, please post one question per thread as it will ease the discussion process. Thank you.
Answer to second question is explained here:
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=7091
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2004, 06:23
I'd chose A as ans for the first and the last questions.
The last one is kinda confusing, but i think the chocie A fits in the sentence pretty well. the clase 'which slowed..." correctly modifies the weather.
Whats the OA for the last one?
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2004, 21:23
1C
2D
3B

I will explain if correct
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2004, 21:28
Personally, I think in case of Q2, both D & B are right. However, if you could say this " D is more right than B". In case of D "it" is implicit where as in B "it" is explicit. I just hope ETS doesn't test with such questions.
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three typical questions [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2004, 01:28
1. I guess C.

I am a bit confused about the use of the verbs. X is 4 times as/more likely as/than Y in planning or who plan or will plan don’t sound right to me. Only to plan sounds OK.
I don’t see a problem with inverting the order of the verb and the subject in this case.

Also I am a bit unsure if four times more likely than is correct.

2. I think is either B or D, but I am unsure

3. I think it is B because it is the subordinate sentence better constructed and then the use of the gerund (slowing) is the best choice. Which slowed is not correct because which refers to the weather, and it is removed from it, so it suggests that the regions are slowing the sales. I think that the use of which as a subject of a subordinate sentence is very common in the GMAT, but it relatively easy to see the right choice, because it has to be next to the noun which is referring to.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2004, 04:26
I agree with you on the last one.
Indeed looks like the correct choice is B and not A.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2004, 06:38
Can someone please explain the difference between "As Likely" and "more likely" in statement 1.

I saw some brief explanations for questions 2 & 3 i the archives
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=8466
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