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Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as the current one.

A. equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as
B. equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as they are
C. equally likely that they will exceed the proposed speed limit as
D. as likely that they will exceed the proposed speed limit as
E. as likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as they are.
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17 May 2012, 16:10
I am confused if "as they are the current one" makes sense.

That is the only reason that I ruled out E.

Someone says that "likely to excedd" is omitted between "they are" and "the current one", so "as they are the current one" makes sense.
However, is that possible? Can we assume that "likely to exceed" is omitted?

so....confused........
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I am confused if "as they are the current one" makes sense.

That is the only reason that I ruled out E.

Someone says that "likely to excedd" is omitted between "they are" and "the current one", so "as they are the current one" makes sense.
However, is that possible? Can we assume that "likely to exceed" is omitted?

so....confused........

Hi eybrj2,

Nice question.... I had the same doubt...
Initially I choosed D because as....as construction and looked better than "as they are the current one".

However this is correct because of parallelism. Parallelism is between the two clauses that indicate future action and present action.

Drivers will (be as likely to) exceed the proposed speed limit as they are (exceeding) the current one (limit).

Option D can be eliminated because "likely to exceed" is simpler construction than "likely that they will".

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07 Oct 2013, 11:58
eybrj2 wrote:
Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as the current one.

A. equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as
B. equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as they are
C. equally likely that they will exceed the proposed speed limit as
D. as likely that they will exceed the proposed speed limit as
E. as likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as they are.

Hey guys, was just taking a second look to this one..
Option (E) says "as likely to exceed the proposed limit as they are the current one"?? This can't be the correct answer.
Could someone please clarify, will offer Kudos as appreciation.

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07 Oct 2013, 12:28
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eybrj2 wrote:
Traffic safety officials predict that drivers will be equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as the current one.

A. equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as
B. equally likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as they are
C. equally likely that they will exceed the proposed speed limit as
D. as likely that they will exceed the proposed speed limit as
E. as likely to exceed the proposed speed limit as they are.

Hey guys, was just taking a second look to this one..
Option (E) says "as likely to exceed the proposed limit as they are the current one"?? This can't be the correct answer.
Could someone please clarify, will offer Kudos as appreciation.

Peace

First of all, this is a question from 1000 series (most likely) so you ignore it since it is not a dependable source.
equally ...as is not idiomatic hence eliminate A,B,C
D-as likely that the wrong idiom

E- The correct idiom is X is likely to Y.

Basically:
Correct: X is as qualified as Y.
Incorrect: X is equally qualified as Y.

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